Asus P5N-E SLI Nvidia nForce 650i SLI

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Nvidia's newly launched nForce 680i SLI for Intel's Core 2 processors is undoubtedly the most lavish, extravagant, and exiting chipset currently on the market. This chipset, which we recently looked at in depth with our review of the high-end Asus Striker board, features such features like DDR-1200 memory support, triple PCI Express x16 sized slots, 16 x 16 SLI support, and it's designed specifically for the ultra high-end gamer. Nvidia released this high-end chipset first in order to provide attention to their product line, which certainly worked well. Now that Nvidia has arguably supplanted Intel's 975X as the most desirable chipset on the market, they are rounding out their product line with the release of their less feature packed and more budget friendly options, the nForce 650i SLI and nForce 650 Ultra.

Like Nvidia's product lines of the past, the mid-range SLI and mid-range (non-SLI) products are largely based on the high-end chipset, but are stripped down in order to keep costs down. For the most part, the nForce 650i series offers the same core features, benefits, and drawbacks which the nForce 680i has, but does so at a much lower price point. While no one likes having features stripped out, what Nvidia has taken out of the 680i chipset in order to make the 650i a reality is quite reasonable - and the end result is a chipset which creates less heat, consumes less power, performs nearly identically, and costs quite a bit less.

The core differences are these. The nForce 650i SLI, which is what we'll be looking here today, only supports 8 x 8 SLI, rather than the full 16 x 16 SLI on the nForce 680i. The nForce 650i also does not support Nvidia's LinkBoost technology (automatic PCIe overclocking with nVidia GPU's), nor does the 650i support DualNet (dual Gigabit Ethernet links + linking dual NICs together) and cannot support a third PCI Express graphics slot due to its fewer PCI Express lanes. Beyond these four features, the 650i and the 680i are virtually identical. Therefore, if you're like many users and don't need SLI x16 support, don't need multiple NIC's and can do overclocking the manual way, well, the nForce 650i is a much better value. Today we'll be looking at the premiere nForce 650i SLI platform on the market, the new Asus P5N-E SLI. This board has garnered a lot of attention lately, both positive from overclockers and negative from those claiming it was rushed out too quickly. Let's see what this board is capable of.

Specifications:

 

CPU

  • LGA775 socket for Intel Core 2 Extreme / Core 2 Duo / Pentium Extreme / Pentium D / Pentium 4 / Celeron D Processors
  • Intel Quad-core CPU Ready

Chipset 

  • NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI

Front Side Bus

  • 1333 / 1066 / 800 / 533 MHz
  • (available when CPU's supporting 1333 MHz FSB)

Memory

  • Dual channel memory architecture
  • 4 x 240-pin DDR2 DIMM sockets
  • Support up to 8 GB DDR2 800/667/533

Expansion Slots

  • 2 x PCI Express x16
  • Single VGA mode: x16 (Default)
  • SLI mode: x8, x8
  • 1 x PCI Express x1
  • 2 x PCI (PCI 2.2)

Scalable Link Interface (SLI)

  • Supports two identical NVIDIA SLI-Ready graphics cards (8 x 8 mode)

Storage

  • 2 x Ultra DMA 133/100/66/33
  • 4 x Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s
  • Support RAID0, 1, 0+1, 5, and JBOD
  • 1 x External Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s (SATA On-the-Go)

LAN

  • 1 x Gigabit LAN featuring AI Net2
  • Marvell 88E1116 PHY

Audio

  • Realtek ALC883 6-channel CODEC
  • Audio Sensing and Enumeration Technology
  • Multi-Streaming
  • 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF out ports on back I/O

IEEE 1394a

  • Supports 2 IEEE 1394a connector onboard (1 in back + 1 on board)

USB

  • Supports up 8 USB2.0 ports (4 ports at mid-board, 4 ports at back panel)

Overclocking Features

  • AI Overclocking (intelligent CPU frequency tuner)
  • ASUS CPU Lock Free
  • Precision Tweaker
  • vCore: Adjustable CPU voltage at 6.25mv increment - max. 1.6V
  • vChip: 4-step Chip voltage control - adjust Chip voltage max. 0.55V
  • vDIMM: 8-step DRAM voltage control - adjust DRAM voltage max. 0.6V
  • SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection)
  • FSB tuning from 200MHz up to 750MHz at 1MHz increment
  • PCI Express frequency tuning from 100MHz up to 131MHz at 1MHz increment
  • CPU Multiplier
  • ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)

BIOS

  • 4 Mb Flash ROM, AWARD BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.3
  • ASUS EZ Flash 2,ASUS CrashFree BIOS 2

Manageability

  • WfM 2.0, DMI 2.0 , WOR by Ring ,
  • WOL/WOR by PME, WO USB/KB/MS, PXE, RPL & AI Net2

Special Features

  • ASUS Q-Connector
  • ASUS O.C. Profile
  • ASUS Fanless Design
  • ASUS PC Probe2
  • ASUS Q-Fan2
  • ASUS MyLogo2
  • ASUS Update

Back Panel I/O Ports

  • 1 x Parallel port
  • 1 x 1394a connector
  • 1 x S/PDIF Out port (Coaxial)
  • 1 x PS/2 Keyboard port (purple)
  • 1 x PS/2 Mouse port (green)
  • 1 x LAN(RJ-45) port
  • 4 x USB 2.0/1.1 port
  • 1 x External SATA
  • 6-Channel Audio I/O port

Internal I/O Connectors

  • 1 x 24-pin ATX Power connector
  • 1 x 4-pin ATX 12V Power connector
  • 1 x Chassis Intrusion
  • 1 x CPU + 2 Chassis FAN connectors
  • 1 x Floppy disk drive connector
  • 1 x CD audio in connector
  • 1 x 1394a connector
  • 2 x USB connector supports additional 4 USB ports
  • 1 x Front panel connector (AAFP)
  • System panel connector
  • 1 x COM Port connector
  • 1 x S/PDIF out connector

Accessories

  • 1 x SLI bridge
  • 1 x 2-in-1 ASUS Q-Connector Kit (Retail version only)
  • 1 x UltraDMA 133/100/66 cable
  • 1 x FDDe cable
  • 2 x SATA cables
  • 2 x SATA power cable
  • 1 x 2-port USB2.0 module
  • 1 x I/O Shield
  • User's manual

Software

  • Drivers
  • ASUS Update
  • Anti-virus software (OEM version)
  • ASUS PC Probe II
  • NVIDIA RIS (Remote Installation Service) application

Form Factor

  • ATX Form Factor, 12"x 9"(30.5cm x 22.9cm)

 

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