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
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
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.
Deluxe Wireless Edition
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.
(10/100 & Gigabit)
200MHz FSB Athlon chips
and IEEE 1394
- Minor layout issues
- Not a great
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