small ASUS M2N32 SLI Deluxe Socket AM2 Review

VR-Zone brings you the exclusive review of the ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe with that beautiful heatpipe chipset cooler, based on the new and orgasmic Nvidia Nforce 590 SLI chipset…

heatsink ASUS M2N32 SLI Deluxe Socket AM2 Review
Chipset heatsinks on the M2N32-SLI Deluxe

As we all know, It is quite a hassle to source out for a decent chipest cooler that is able to fit on an Nforce SLI mainboard without affecting the capability to SLI our graphics cards. Most after market coolers has proven to be too tall and that 40mm fan present on most Nforce SLI boards is very whiny and tends to fail often due to it’s harsh operating environment. Many mainboard manufacturers has hence resorted to innovative solutions like implementing a heatpipe cum heatsink cooling solution onto their Nforce mainboards to tackle this problem, and Asus is one of them, and till date, they’re the one who has almost perfected the implementation of such a cooling design.

Ever since Asus introduced their A8N SLI Premium, Asus has started to equip their top-end mainboards with nifty heatpipe chipset coolers that’s designed to operate passively without affecting performance. In this very review, We’ll be taking a look at the brand new Asus M2N32-SLI deluxe, featuring a very pretty implementation of the Asus Family of Heatpipe heatsinks, and a whole bunch of neat features, such as dual GBe LAN, a Vista-certified HD Audio chipset, onboard 54mbps Wireless LAN and a 8-phase efficient power design, and of course, we should not forget Asus’ usual Stack Cool implementation that cools down the rest of the mainboard components.

Let’s take a look at the specifications of the Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe

Specifications of Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe
CPU Support Socket AM2 for AMD Opteron/Athlon64 X2/Athlon 64/Athlon FX/Sempron Processor
Support AMD Cool’n’Quiet Technology
AMD64 architecture enables simultaneous 32-bit and 64-bit computing
ChipsetNvidia nForce 590 SLI MCP
Nvidia Linkboost Technology
System Bus 2000/1600 MT/s
Memory

Dual Channel memory architecture

  • 4 x 240-pin DIMM socket support unbuffered ECC/non-ECC DDR2 800/667/533 MHz memory modules
  • Support up to 16GB System Memory
Expansion Slot2x PCI Express x16 slots with Nvidia SLI support at full x16, x16 speed
1x PCI Express x4 slot (support PCi-Express x4 or x1 card)
1x PCI Express x1 slot
2x PCI 2.2 slot
Scalable Interface Link (SLI) Support 2 identical Nvidia SLI-ready graphics card at full x16 mode
Asus two-slot thermal design
Asus PEG Link for dual PCI-Express graphic card
Storage

Nvidia Nforce 590 SLI MCP supports:

  • 1 x IDE connector for up to 2 x UDMA 133/100/66/33 devices
  • 6 x Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s connectors for up to 6 x SATA devices
  • RAID 0, RAID1, RAID 0+1, RAID 5 and JBOD configurations spanning across SATA drives via Onboard Nvidia Mediashield RAID controller

Silicon Image Sil3132 SATA Controller supports:

  • 1 x SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal device
  • 1 x SATA 3.0Gb/s External with port multiplier function (SATA-on-the-Go)
  • RAID0, RAID1 and JBOD configuration
LANDual Gigabit LAN controllers, both featuring AI NET2
Nvidia Nforce 590 SLI MCP built-in dual GBe MAC with external Marvell 88E1116-NNC1 PHY
Support Teaming and Fail-over functions
HD Audio Soundmax ADI AD1988B 8-Channel CODEC
Support Jack-Sensing, Enumeration, Multi-Streaming and jack-Retasking Technology
Optical and Coaxial S/PDIF Out interfaces
Support DTS Connect Function
Ready for Vista Premium function
Wireless LANWiFi@Home USB Wireless module supporting IEEE 802.11b/g
IEEE 1394 Firewire TI 1394 controller supporting 2x IEEE1394a connectors
USBWireless Edition: Supports up to 8 USB 2.0/1.1 ports
Standard Edition: Supports up to 10 USB 2.0/1.1 ports
Asus AI Lifestyle features
  • AI Nap
  • AI Gear
  • Advanced Thermal Design
    • Asus Fanless Design: Heatpipe thermal Solution
    • Asus 8 phase power design
    • Stack Cool 2
  • Asus Array Microphone
    • Noise filtering
    • Echo cancellation
Asus Exclusive Overclocking features

Intelligent overclocking tools:

  • AI NOS (Non-Delay Overclocking system)
  • AI Overclocking (Intelligent CPU frequency tuner)
  • Asus PEG Link (automatic performance tuning for single/dual graphics cards)

Asus BIOS Profile: overclocking configuration-sharing tool

Precision Tweaker

  • vDIMM: 25 step DRAM voltage control
  • vCore: Adjustable CPU Voltage at 0.0125 V increment
  • Stepless Frequency Selection (SFS) allows FSB tuning from 200 to 425 MHz at 1MHz increment
  • PCI Express frequency allows PCI Express x16 frequency tuning from 100MHz to 200MHz at 1 MHz increment

Overclocking protection

  • Asus C.P.R (CPU Parameter Recall)

Asus AI Booster Utility

A comprehensive list of information extracted from the Asus M2N32 manual itself, next in the following page, we’ll be taking a look at the various improvements Nvidia has brought upon the Nforce 5 chipsets and the changes that AMD has implemented in the transition from Socket 939 to Socket M2.