At the back of the board we see a signifcantly larger amount
of SMD components as compared to previous LAN Party boards.
Particularly a bunch of decoupling capacitors so crowded behind
the nF590 SLI chipset.
Instead of the traditional yellow back plate with LAN Party
boards, this board comes with a grey backplate. This should not be visible in
normal setups, but if you are housing this in a case with a transparent back
panel and chasis, you might just see this. In any case, you’ll probably be able
to find a nicer colored back plate in the market.
The nForce 590 SLI chipset, AKA MCP C51
The NForce SPP chipset, AKA C55
The nForce SPP chipset heatsink is but aluminum coated in copperish
red color, but the nForce 590 SLI chipset is cooled by a very well-polished
copper heatsink fan assembly with a rather wide base to spread the heat. During
testing, I find the heatsink on the nForce 590 SLI chipset running warm, but
this is in SLI configuration, which spills quite a fair bit of heat from 2 video
cards onto the chipset heatsink.