ASUS P5N-T Deluxe
The ASUS P5N-T Deluxe runs on the nVidia nForce 780i SLI chipset, supporting Intel’s latest LGA775 processors. This board runs on DDR2 memory.
Tri-SLI for you sir? Tri-SLI can only be done on cards that support Tri-SLI.
The P5N-T Deluxe comes with a pretty beefy passive cooling system for the main motherboard components.
According to ASUS, this is a ‘new’ 8-phase PWM that feeds power to the CPU. 8-phase PWM has been a standard on ASUS’ high-end boards for quite some time already.
A small portion of the heatsink extends out to the back I/O shield for better cooling performance.
The ASUS P5N-T Deluxe retails at $ 479.
Also available is a cheaper Intel SLI board – ASUS P5N-D.
As you can see, the board is pretty much stripped down. The essentials are all there, but there aren’t many extras like additional SATA ports.
Beneath this large heatsink lies the nVidia nForce 750i SLI chipset. Due to the large size of the heatsink block, you could easily mount a fan on it for overclocking purposes.
4-phase PWM here… And it has a 4-pin ATX12V connector.
Pretty standard options on the rear I/O.
For $ 289, this won’t break the bank for someone looking for a simple SLI setup.
ASUS Striker II Extreme
We find nVidia nForce 790i Ultra SLI goodness in probably the highest end nVidia board on the market today. This board utilises DDR3 memories to increase memory bandwidth, which in turn gives some interesting performance gains over a DDR2 system.
Standard as on all high-end ASUS boards, 8-phase PWM on the Striker II Extreme. Not only are the MOSFETs are cooled with taller heatsinks, a ‘Fusion Block’ system sits on top the northbridge, making it perfect for enthusiasts who are on water-cooling setups.
A heatpipe cooling system which means business.
Same set of options and design you would find on all ASUS RoG boards at the back.
If you’re wondering about the price… Well, this board costs a bomb at $ 829…