MB+2VGA s1 ASUS A8N SLI Deluxe Board

ASUS today
launched the A8N-SLI Deluxe, the first AMD-based motherboard that provides
support for SLI to enable simultaneous operation of
two PCI Express™ graphics cards.
The A8N-SLI Deluxe adopted several exclusive designs including a special layout
tailored for thermal issues, the EZ Plug for dependable power supply to satisfy
the high power demand of two PCI Express graphics cards, and the EZ Selector for
easy activation of SLI mode.

- Socket 939 for AMD Athlon 64FX/Athlon 64 CPU
- Nvidia nForce4 SLI chipset
- FSB 2000/1600 MT/s
- Dual-channel DDR400/333/266
- 2*PCIex16/2*PCIex1/3*PCI slots
- 4*SATA 3Gb/s and 2*ATA133 support RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1 and JBOD
- 4*SATA 1.5Gb/s support RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1 and RAID 5
- 2*Gbit LAN
- 2*1394 ports

MB+2VGA ASUS A8N SLI Deluxe Board

ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (ASUS), the worldwide leader of motherboards, today
launched the A8N-SLI Deluxe, the first AMD-based motherboard that provides
support for SLI (Scalable Link Interface) to enable simultaneous operation of
two PCI Express™ graphics cards.

The A8N-SLI Deluxe adopted several exclusive designs including a special layout
tailored for thermal issues, the EZ Plug for dependable power supply to satisfy
the high power demand of two PCI Express graphics cards, and the EZ Selector for
easy activation of SLI (Scalable Link Interface) mode.

“With the help of ASUS, we have made SLI technology a reality, providing extreme
graphics processing to those who demand the very best,” said Drew Henry, General
Manager of Nvidia’s platform business. “The A8N-SLI Deluxe, the first board to
successfully incorporate our NVIDIA nForce4 SLI core-logic technology, is
tailored for gamers running the latest 3D titles.”

Graphics Cards on SLI Motherboard Require More Space to Breathe
High-performance GPU (graphics processing unit) is one of the hottest
components in a computer system. SLI motherboards, with two graphics cards,
require the best heat dissipation designs to resolve the thermal issues.

Two PCI Express x16 slots placed too closely could block airflow, especially
when the graphics cards are designed to take up a two-slot space in thickness.
Bad air ventilation raises system temperature, which in turn affects system
stability and shortens component life cycle.

The A8N-SLI Deluxe included a special design in which two PCI Express x1 slots
are placed between the two PCI-E x16 graphics slots, permitting more room for
ventilation compared with conventional SLI designs. This thoughtful layout has
proven to increase airflow and lower the temperature.

EZ Plug – Direct and Reliable Power Supply
When the system is in SLI mode (dual PCI Express graphics operation), the supply
of power for the graphics adaptors is crucial. The A8N-SLI Deluxe incorporated
the patented EZ Plug, which provides dedicated support for the high power
demands of graphics cards.

When the power source is positioned far away from the PCI Express slots, the
long routing causes power degradation. This also creates unnecessary noise and
interferes with the performance of other components along the way. The EZ Plug
is located adjacent to the PCI Express slots to maintain voltage integrity
during transmission, guaranteeing dependable supply of power, quiet operations
and graphics card compatibility.

EZ Selector – Easy Insertion Prevent Selector Card Damage
A SLI motherboard requires an onboard SLI Selector Card to switch the system
between SLI mode and non-SLI mode. Due to the confined space between the two PCI
Express x16 slots, inserting and removing the selector card is difficult and
could cause damage to neighboring components, the selector socket, and the
selector card itself. The A8N-SLI Deluxe is the world’s only motherboard to
include the EZ Selector. This feature utilizes a special socket to accommodate
the SLI selector card, enabling easy insertion and removal. When repeated
insertion and removal is not a concern, the life expectancy of the SLI selector
increases greatly.

This powerful solution also features the popular ASUS AI Proactive features – AI
NOS and AI NET2.

AI NOS™ – Boost performance when it’s most needed
AI NOS detects system loading and automatically boosts performance. Unlike other
”dynamic overclocking” mechanism that overclocks according to temperature, AI
NOS monitors power consumption, accelerating the CPU exactly when it’s most
needed.

AI NET2™ –Diagnose LAN connection before entering OS
AI NET2 remotely detects cable connection the second you turn on the system, and
reports back any faulty connections up to 100 meters at 1 meter accuracy.

“The ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe motherboard takes full advantage of the amazing
performance offered by the AMD Athlon™ 64 FX processor,” said Daryl Sartain,
Director of AMD Microprocessor Business. “With its dual-memory and dual-graphics
card designs coupled with the incredible AMD Athlon 64 FX processor, our
customers can have an exceptionally powerful and reliable system.”

“VoodooPC is known for using only the fastest and most reliable equipment on the
market with our PCs. The ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe is exactly what we look for in our
systems, and it echoes very well with our image. It’s stable, but most
importantly it blows the doors off the competition in performance and features,”
said Rahul Sood, President and CTO of VoodooPC.

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Specification summary:
- Socket 939 for AMD Athlon 64FX/Athlon 64 CPU
- Nvidia nForce4 SLI chipset
- FSB 2000/1600 MT/s
- Dual-channel DDR400/333/266
- 2*PCIex16/2*PCIex1/3*PCI slots
- 4*SATA 3Gb/s and 2*ATA133 support RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1 and JBOD
- 4*SATA 1.5Gb/s support RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1 and RAID 5
- 2*Gbit LAN
- 2*1394 ports