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ASUS A8N32-SLi Deluxe

The layout is generally well done, as is with most other Asus motherboards.

The IDE, SATA 3.0 Gbps and floppy connectors are located in the usual position, along the right edge of the board. The secondary IDE connector is an angled one, and while it looks slightly out of place with the other IDE connectors, it shouldn’t be difficult to use.

The various different headers run along the bottom edge of the board. The 24-pin power connector is well located, but being right smack next to the Primary IDE connector, it may be slightly inconvenient to connect or remove the IDE cable once the 24-pin connector is connected, due to its thickness. The ATX12V 4-pin connector, meanwhile, is located in the top-left hand corner of the motherboard, tucked in between the two heatsinks. We feel that a better position would be nearer to the top-right hand corner, but then again, it is hard to find any faults with this location.

Of note is the EZ-plug connector. This is essentially a 4-pin molex connector. Asus states that plugging this in is neccessary only in SLi mode, but you can always leave it there in single card mode without any harm. This connector is well placed, considering that the chains of power connectors usually run along the front of the case, where the peripherals are located.

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