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Asus A7N8XE Deluxe Wireless Edition

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Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe Wireless Edition
Performance Anywhere You Want It

By, Tom Laverriere
February 5, 2004


Ever since its inception, the nForce2 chipset has taken off and never looked back.  It brings a lot to the table in terms of stability, performance, and most importantly affordability for the Athlon XP platform.  The latest revision of the nForce2 chipset, the nForce2 Ultra 400, brings with it all the same traits, but also provides support for the latest Athlon XP 400MHz front side bus processors.  Add a reliable and popular motherboard manufacturer to the mix, namely Asus, and you have a recipe for success.  Taking one of their most popular motherboards, the A7N8X Deluxe, Asus made a few changes including dual LAN (10/100 and Gigabit) and a WiFi slot and now offers the "A7N8X-E Deluxe Wireless Edition".

Today in the HotHardware labs we have the Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe Wireless Edition on the test bench and are ready to show you if the second revision of the A7N8X motherboard is reason to get excited.  The features and specifications alone of the A7N8X-E Deluxe are impressive.  Dual LAN, wireless LAN, dual channel DDR, and 400MHz front side bus, are just a few of the bright spots on this motherboard.  We'll get into more detail in just a bit, but after putting this motherboard through the usual paces in HotHardware fashion, we were pretty pleased with it.  Don't take our word for it, take a look for yourselves.

Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe Feature set

Power and complete connectivity

CPU
Socket A for AMD Athlon XP/Athlon / Duron Thoroughbred/ Barton Core Support
 

Chipset
NVIDIA nForce2 Ultra 400
NVIDIA nForce2 MCP-T

 

Front Side Bus

400/333/266/200 MHz


Memory
 3 x 184-pin DIMM Sockets support max. 3GB PC3200/PC2700/PC2100/PC1600 non-ECC DDR SDRAM memory
Dual Channel Memory Architecture

 

Expansion Slots

1 x AGP Pro/8X (1.5V only)
5 x PCI
1 x ASUS Wi-Fi slot for optional wireless LAN upgrade


Storage

NVIDIA nForce2 MCP-T

2 x UltraDMA 133/100/66/33
Silicon Image Sil 3112A RAID Controller: 2 x Serial ATA - RAID 0, RAID1


Audio
Realtek ALC650 6-Channel CODEC
Integrated APU (Audio Processor Unit)
Dolby Digital (AC-3) Encorder
S/PDIF in / out interface

 

LAN

2 Ports
Marvell 88E8001 Gigabit Lan PCI Controller supporting 10/100/1000 BASE-T Ethernet
MCP-T integrated NVIDIA MAC + Realtek 8201BL PHY


IEEE 1394
Realtek PHY 8801B with Two 1394 Ports

 

USB 2.0

Integrated 6 USB2.0 ports


Special Features
Power Loss Restart
Support S/PDIF in / out interface
ASUS POST Reporter
ASUS C.O.P. (CPU Overheating Protection)
ASUS Q-Fan technology

 

Overclock Features

ASUS JumperFree
CPU, Memory, and AGP voltage adjustable
SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection) from 100MHz up to 300MHz
Adjustable FSB/DDR ratio, Fixed AGP/PCI frequencies

Back Panel I/O Ports

1 x Parallel
1 x Serial
1 x PS/2 Keyboard
1 x PS/2 Mouse
1 x Audio I/O
2 x RJ45
1 x S/PDIF out+1 x Surround L/R audio jack+ 1 x CNTR/LFE audio jack

4 x USB 2.0/1.1

 

Internal I/O Connectors

1 x USB 2.0 connector supports additional 2 USB 2.0 ports
CPU / Chassis / Power FAN connectors
20-pin ATX Power connector
IDE LED connector, power LED connector
Chassis Intrusion, SIR
S/PDIF in / out connector
CD / AUX / Modem audio in
2 x IEEE1394 ports connector
GAME/MIDI connector
2 x SATA ports
COM2 connector
Front panel audio connector

 

BIOS Feature

4 Mb Flash ROM, Award BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0

 

Industry Standard

PCI 2.2, USB 2.0

 

Manageability

WfM 2.0, DMI 2.0, WOL by PME, WOR by PME, Chassis Intrusion

 

Support CD

Drivers
ASUS PC Probe
Trend Micro PC-cillin 2002 anti-virus software (OEM version)
ASUS LiveUpdate Utility

 

Accessories

InterVideo WinDVD Suite
User's manual
UltraDMA cable
IDE cable
FDD cable
2-port USB2.0
I/O shield
Serial ATA Power Cable
Serial ATA cables
2 port IEEE1394 cables

 

Form Factor

ATX Form Factor, 12"x 9.6"(30.5cm x 24.5cm)

 

The A7N8X-E Deluxe's feature set is impressive to say the least.  A wireless port as well as two LAN ports, one of them supporting Gigabit speeds, make this rig one of the most versatile in terms of networking ability we have seen to date.  Mix that with the ample performance typical of NVIDIA's nForce2 Ultra chipset and the quality we've come to expect from Asus and this is one attractive product.  All these features, most would guess, should cost an arm and a leg, but on various search engines the Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe comes in at around $110.  Let's take a closer look so you can see all these features in detail. 

 

Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe Wireless Edition Up Close

 

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