Asus A8R32-MVP Deluxe: ATI CrossFire Xpress 3200 Chipset Launched

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Asus' A8R32-MVP Deluxe

To allow us the ability to assess the performance of ATI's CrossFire Xpress 3200 chipset, Asus sent over one of their brand new A8R32-MVP Deluxe motherboards. The A8R32-MVP Deluxe is a member of Asus' flagship "AI Life" line of motherboards, and incorporates a slew of sought after features, like dual-Gigabit LAN, HD audio, multiple RAID controllers and Firewire. Asus further sweetens the deal by throwing in a few proprietary features of their own, like Stack Cool 2 and AI Overclocking, among others.

   

Asus A8R32-MVP Deluxe
Features & Specifications
CPU
Socket 939 for AMD Opteron / Athlon 64 FX / Athlon64 X2 / Athlon 64

Chipset
ATI CrossFire Xpress 3200
UliM1575

System Bus
2000 / 1600 MT/s

CrossFire
Support ATI CrossFire graphics cards (both at x16 mode)

Memory
Dual channel. max. 4GB, DDR 400/333/266, ECC and non-ECC

Extension Slots
2 x PCI Express x16 slot
1 x PCI Express x1
3 x PCI

LAN
Marvell 88E8053 PCIe Gbit LAN, featuring AI NET2
Marvell 88E8001 GbitLAN, featuring AI NET2

Audio
Realtek ALC882 High Definition Audio
Storage
UliM1575 South:
4 x Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s with RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5 and JBOD
2 x UltraDMA 133 / 100 / 66 / 33

SilionImage:
1 x Internal Serial ATA 3 Gb/s hard disk
1 x External Serial ATA 3 Gb/s hard disk
Support RAID 0, 1

1394
2 x 1394a ports

ASUS Features
ASUS PEG Link
ASUS Precision Tweaker
AI NOS
AI Overclocking
Stack Cool 2
ASUS Q-Fan2

Asus Extras
MediaOne Gallery
WinDVDCreator 2 Platinum
InterVideo PhotoAlbum
Disc Master 2.5 Platinum
DVD Copy 2.5 Platinum

      

Asus ships the A8R32-MVP Deluxe with a very complete accessory bundle. Included in the box were three case brackets, one with a pair of Firewire connectors, another with a pair of USB ports and a game / MIDI connector, and another with a single 9-pin serial port, along with a custom I/O shield, two IDE cables (one 80-wire, one 40-wire), and a single floppy cable. There we also three Molex-to-SATA power adapters included with the board, and a total of five SATA cables. Of course, a User's Manual and driver CD were included as well, in addition to another disc that contained a handful of useful applications, like MediaOne Gallery, WinDVDCreator 2 Platinum, InterVideo PhotoAlbum, Disc Master 2.5 Platinum, and DVD Copy 2.5 Platinum.


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