ASUS A8N SLI w/ Dual 6600GT Combo OC Review
Here is the bundle of accessories that come with the board:
Pretty basic stuff such as SATA and IDE cables, I/O plate, etc. What stands
out is the Asus SLI connector which links 2 video cards together for SLI
The 939-pin socket:
To run in Dual-Channel mode, insert the pair of rams into slots 1 and 3 or 2
Asus put on a pretty big heatsink on the mosfets right beside the CPU socket
and this does get quite warm so I’ll say that its doing a nice job of cooling
A small heatsink and fan cooler on the NForce 4 chipset. It does get pretty
warm during operation, especially since its located so near the PCI-E slots
which means that the hot air from the graphics cards will affect it.
Here, we see the 2 PCI Express slots, spaced out quite generously apart by 2
slot space… the most spacious among all SLI boards.
Here, you see the Asus EZ selector card that is used to configure between
single card and dual card operation. By default, it is set to single card
operation. To ensure dual card operation runs properly, you need to flip the
card over. Take note that you will need to use a bit of force to slot the card
in as it will not run properly if the card is not slotted all the way in. .
The Marvell Gigabit LAN chip is located right above the first PCI-E slot.
Beside it is the EZ-plug for a molex connector from your power supply. This is
to ensure the board has adequate power to run some heavy-duty SLI cards.
This is the power requirements of the board:
As seen, if you’re on a dual NVIDIA 6600GTs, then a robust 400watt power
supply should suffice. If you’re on the heavy-duty 6800 Ultras in SLI, a 550watt
or bigger power supply is most definitely recommended. During our testing with Top Power 370 watt power supply and 6600GT SLI, we faced no stability problems at all and everything ran properly.
See here, you’ve all the I/O connectors on the board:
Realtek ALC850 8-Channel audio with 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF and 1 x Optical S/PDIF
ports, IEEE 1394a port, USB 2.0 ports, etc.