Asus has also included a myriad of storage capabilities onboard apart from
the single ATA100 and 4 SATA-II ports provided by Intel ICH7R. There’s 2 ATA133
ports onboard provided by ITE’s IT8211F PCI Controller and a single SATA-II
port provided by the Silicon Image SIL3132 SATA-II PCI Express Controller.
One might wonder, the SIL3132 happens to be a 2 port SATA Controller, but why
is there only one port found onboard? Nope, Asus did not short change her users
of the other SATA port. Conveniently located at the rear I/O, Asus’s SATA On
the Go Technology allow users to hot plug up to 16 SATA devices via this SATA
port externally via a device by Asus, sold seperately.
The Asus P5LD2 Deluxe comes with 2 PCI-E x16 slots, with the first slot operating
at at a frequency of x16 and a second universal device slot, allowing users
to run a 2nd PCI Express graphics card on it or other upcoming PCI Express Devices
like RAID cards and Serial Attached SCSI devices. You can toggle between speeds
of x2 and x4 for the slot in the BIOS. Asus also included a flexi-SLI bridge,
allowing users to SLI their Nvidia cards once Nvidia decides to release SLI
capable drivers for other platforms other than their Nforce4 SLI.
Asus included a flexible SLI bridge in the package, as Nvidia
might release a driver supporting SLI on other platforms in the near future.