Asus A8V Deluxe "Wireless Edition" (Socket 939)

Introduction, Specifications & Bundle


It has been barely over a week since we first took a look at AMD's new Socket 939 Athlon 64s, and motherboards equipped with the new socket have already started to arrive in the HotHardware Labs.  The first motherboard to land on our test bench is the fully-loaded Asus A8V Deluxe "Wireless Edition".  The A8V Deluxe is powered by VIA's excellent K8T800 Pro chipset, and sports a host of useful features like SATA RAID, Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi and 8-Channel audio with digital outputs.  It's also "Cool 'N Quiet" capable and has wide array of BIOS options geared towards novice and advanced overclockers alike.  Looking at the feature set, it seems like Asus is trying to make a big splash in the Socket 939 market from the get go.  However, as we've said many times before, features, bells and whistles are great but stability and performance are king.  So, let's fire her up and see what this baby is made of.


Specification of the Asus A8V Deluxe "Wireless Edition"
As complete as they come...
Socket 939 for AMD Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64
AMD64 architecture enables simultaneous 32- and 64-bit computing
Supports AMD Cool 'n' Quiet Technology

VIA K8T800Pro
VIA VT8237

System Bus
2000 MT/s

4 x 184-pin DIMM Sockets support max. 4GB DDR400/DDR333/DDR266 non-ECC un-buffered DDR SDRAM memory
Dual Channel Memory Architecture

Expansion Slots
1 x AGP8X (1.5V only)
5 x PCI

South Bridge
2 x UltraDMA 133/100/66/33
2 x Serial ATA, support RAID 0, RAID 1, and JBOD
Promise 20378 RAID controller
1 x UltraDMA 133/100/66/33
2 x Serial ATA
Support RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1, and Multiple RAID

AI Audio
Realtek ALC850, 8-channel CODEC
Audio Sensing and Enumeration Technology
Three Universal Audio Jack (UAJ)
Coaxial/Optical S/PDIF out ports on back I/O

IEEE 1394
VIA 1394 Controller supports 2 x 1394 ports

USB 2.0
8 USB2.0 ports

CrashFree BIOS 2
Q-Fan 2
Post Reporter

AI Overclocking
ASUS JumperFree
CPU, Memory, and AGP voltage adjustable
SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection) from 200MHz up to 300MHz at 1MHz increment
ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)

BIOS Feature
4 Mb Flash ROM
Special Features
ASUS Wi-Fi@Home
ASUS MyLogo2
ASUS Multi-language BIOS
ASUS Instant Music

Back Panel I/O Ports
1 x Parallel
1 x Serial
1 x PS/2 Keyboard
1 x PS/2 Mouse
1 x 8-channel Audio I/O
1 x RJ45
1 x Optical S/PDIF Output
1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Output
4 x USB 2.0/1.1
1 x IEEE1394

Internal I/O Connectors
2 x USB 2.0 connector supports additional 4 USB 2.0 ports
CPU / Chassis / Power FAN connectors
20-pin ATX Power connector
4-pin ATX 12V Power connector
Chassis Intrusion
CD / AUX audio in
IEEE1394 port
GAME/MIDI connector
COM connector
Front panel audio connector

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

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

ASUS WiFi-g card (on Wireless edition only)
InterVideo WinDVD Suite Platinum
User's manual
2 x UltraDMA cables
IDE cable
FDD cable
4 x Serial ATA cables
2 x 2-port SATA power cables
2-port USB2.0 / Game module
I/O shield
IEEE1394 cable

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



Asus bundled a nice assortment of software and accessories with the A8V Deluxe "Wireless Edition."  Along with the board, we found two very complete user's manuals, one for the board and the other for the WiFi controller, two driver CDs, a sticker that spotlights all of the board's important connectors and components, and a small cardboard binder the held a copy of InterVideo's WinDVD Suite Platinum.  There was also a full compliment of cables bundled with the board, including a single floppy cable, one 40-Wire IDE cable, two 80-Wire IDE cables, two SATA power adapters and four SATA cables.  Along with the 802.11g wireless WiFi card, we also found a detachable omni-directional antenna. And two case brackets with a joystick port, 2 USB ports, and a single firewire connector were included as well.  The last batch of goodies consisted of a custom I/O shield, a bag of jumpers, and some stickers to compliment the A8V's "Instant Music" feature.  With "Instant Music" enabled, users can play audio CD's without having to power up the entire system.

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