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

By, Tom Laverriere
February 5, 2004



We'll begin our wrap-up with a benchmark round from Quake 3.  We set the resolution to 640X480, so as to take as much of the workload off the video card as possible and place it on CPU and system bandwidth.

Quake 3
OpenGL Gaming Performance


The gaming benchmarks show more of what we've seen in previous tests and that is a 16% gain in performance at the overclocked setting.  This is a very nice jump in system performance and shows how nicely the Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe performs when it is overclocked.  The Quake 3 test again favors the Asus motherboard by the smallest of margins, but if you're a Patriot's fan like most of us here at HotHardware, we've come to learn that's all it takes to win!


Aquamark 3 is a DirectX 9 metric and is system bandwidth heavy.  To put as much load as we could on the system we ran Aquamark 3 at a resolution of 640x480.  The Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe manages some very impressive scores here in a taxing environment, although the overclocked setting is not providing as much of a performance improvement as we've seen in the last couple of tests.  Chalk up another victory for the Asus motherboard for this benchmark.


Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe Wireless Edition Analysis:
After reading through this, some of you may think that the Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe is just another run-of-the-mill nForce2 Ultra motherboard.  After seeing the numbers posted by the Asus motherboard, it's hard to argue against that point of view.  The benchmark scores posted in today's review are very similar to other nForce Ultra boards we have already tested here in the HotHardware labs.  That being said, the nForce2 Ultra chipset is still a very formidable player for the AMD platform and has much appeal to the masses.  The fact that this chipset remains affordable, runs extremely stable and is highly available,  is a recipe that's hard to refuse.  Throw in the fact that Asus has created a completely network ready solution in the A7N8X-E Deluxe motherboard and you have the makings of a real winner.  To have 10/100, Gigabit, and Wireless LAN capabilities in a single motherboard is very impressive.  Right out of the box, this motherboard was extremely stable and still performed up to par when compared to similar motherboards.  While we didn't quite get the type of overclock we were hoping for when we first received this motherboard, it was still adequate for most enthusiasts considering this motherboard.  If you're in the AMD Athlon XP camp and you're looking to upgrade, you can't go wrong with the Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe Wireless Edition motherboard. 

We're giving the Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe Wireless Edition motherboard high marks on the  HotHardware Heat Meter, with a rating of 9.0.


  • Fast and stable

  • SATA support

  • Dual LAN (10/100 & Gigabit)

  • Wireless LAN capabilities

  • AGP 8X

  • Supports 200MHz FSB Athlon chips

  • Dual DDR400 support

  • USB 2.0 and IEEE 1394

  • Minor layout issues
  • Not a great overclocker



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