Hybrid vs Native Dual X16 SLI: Asus P5N32-E SLI Plus vs Abit IN9 32X-MAX
ASUS has adopted a very confusing naming scheme for their nForce 600 series boards. ASUS currently makes four different motherboards utilizing a nForce 600 series chipset, t hey are (in order of increasing price) the P5N-E SLI, P5N32-E SLI Plus, P5N32-E SLI and the Striker Extreme. Unless you read that list very slowly, the only one out of the four that you're likely to remember is the Striker Extreme. Why didn't ASUS give all their boards catchy names like the Striker?
Some explanation is in order. The P5N-E SLI is the entry level product in ASUS' nForce 600 range of boards, based on the 650i chipset. The Striker Extreme is the flagship ultra high-end board based on the nForce 680i chipset. The P5N32-E SLI non-plus is a high-end board utilizing the 680i chipset. The board we are looking at today, the P5N32-E SLI Plus, fills in the gap between the entry level P5N-E SLI and the high-end P5N32-E SLI. ASUS' NVIDIA Dual x16 SLI hybrid chipset positions the P5N32-E SLI Plus as an upper mid-range enthusiast product. The emphasis is on "enthusiast", as you'll see from the specifications below.
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As previously noted, the P5N32-E SLI Plus weighs in at about $180. That's a hefty price for a motherboard, that is until you realize that you're basically getting a nForce 680i SLI. ASUS has packed the P5N32-E SLI Plus with plenty of goodies like 8 phase power, 100% solid-state capacitors, ASUS' SupremeFX audio card, 8 fan headers and intelligent overclocking tools that can automate overclocking and let you load and save overclock profiles.