Asus P5NSLI: NVIDIA nForce 570 Intel Edition

Introduction, Specifications & Bundle

Last month, Intel officially launched their new Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors with much fanfare. Based on the heavily hyped "Conroe" core and utilizing the modern "Core" microarchitecture, as opposed to the NetBurst microarchitecture employed in the Pentium 4 and Pentium D, Intel's Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors proved to offer huge gains over Intel's previous architecture. And as an added bonus, the new Core 2 processors ran much cooler and consumed less power than their NetBurst-based brethren, thanks to power-saving enhancements incorporated in Conroe.

With the Core 2 Duo, Intel propelled themselves back into enthusiast space and knocked AMD down a rung on the overall desktop processor performance ladder. For all intents and purposes, the Core 2 Duo launch was a very successful one. But for the last month or so, there have only been about a dozen motherboards released with full support for Core 2 Duo, and the majority of them were either inexpensive, no-frills offerings, or ultra-high end boards that commanded an equally high-end investment. Until very recently, there have been slim pickings in the mainstream segment, especially if you wanted to run a multi-GPU setup.

We recently received one of Asus' new P5NSLI motherboards that's built around the NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI chipset. The Asus P5NSLI is a mid-range Core 2 Duo compatible and SLI capable motherboard targeted at mainstream users on a budget. While it may not have all off the bells and whistles of some higher-end products, the P5NSLI does have a relatively complete feature set that is likely to fit the needs of all but the most demanding power users.  Take a look...

Asus P5NSLI Specifications & Features
For Mainstream Core 2 Duo Gamers
LGA775 socket for Intel Core 2 / Pentium D / Pentium 4 / Celeron D Processors
Compatible with Intel 05B/05A/06 processors
Intel EM64T / EIST / Hyper-Threading Technology ready

NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI Intel Edition
- NB: C19SLI
- SB: MCP51

Front Side Bus
1066 / 800 / 533MHz

4 x DIMM, max. 16GB, DDR2 667 / 533, non-ECC, un-buffered memory
Dual channel memory architecture

4 Mb Flash ROM, Award BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.3, ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 2

Expansion Slots
2 x PCI-E x16
- Single VGA mode: x16, x1 (Default)
- SLI mode: x8, x8

3 x PCI-E x1
2 x PCI 2.2

Under Single VGA mode (Default):
- 1 x PCI Express x16 graphics card on the first slot (blue)
- 1 x PCI Express x1 card on second slot (black)

Under SLI mode:
Support two identical SLI-ready graphics cards

ASUS EZ Selector
ASUS two-slot thermal design

2 x Ultra DMA 133/100/66/33
4 x Serial ATA 3 Gb/s
Support SATA RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5 and JBOD

Marvell 88E8001 PCI Gb LAN controller
ASUS AI NET 2 network diagnosis before entering OS

ADI AD1986A SoundMAX 6-channel CODEC
Jack Sensing and Enumeration
S/PDIF out interface

8 USB 2.0 ports (4 ports at mid-board, 4 ports at back panel)

ASUS AI Lifestyle Features
ASUS Q-Connector
ASUS O.C. Profile
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 2
ASUS EZ Flash 2


Other ASUS Special Features
ASUS Music Alarm
ASUS Fanless Design
ASUS MyLogo2

Overclocking Features
Intelligent overclocking tools:
- AI Overclocking (intelligent CPU frequency tuner)
Precision Tweaker
- vDIMM: 4-step DRAM voltage control
- vCore: Adjustable CPU voltage at 0.0125V increment
SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection):
- FSB tuning from 133MHz up to 400MHz at 1MHz increment
- Memory tuning from 533MHz up to 1200MHz at 1MHz increment
- PCI-E frequency tuning from 100MHz up to 150MHz at 1MHz increment
Overclocking Protection:
- ASUS C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall)

Back Panel I/O Ports
1 x PS/2 Keyboard
1 x PS/2 Mouse
1 x Parallel
1 x Serial
1 x S/PDIF Out (Coaxial)
1 x RJ45
4 x USB 2.0/1.1
6-Channel Audio I/O

Internal I/O Connectors
2 x USB connectors support additional 4 USB ports
1 x Floppy disk drive connector
1xCPU / 1xChassis / 1xPower Fan connectors
Azalia Analog front panel audio connector
System panel connector
1 x SLI selector card connector
S/PDIF out connector
Chassis Intrusion connector
CD / AUX audio in
24-pin ATX Power connector
4-pin ATX 12V Power connector

1 x SLI soft bridge
SATA signal and power cables for 2 devices
1 x UltraDMA 133/100/66 cable
1 x IDE cable
1 x FDD cable
1 x USB module
I/O Shield
2 in 1 Q-connector
User's manual

ASUS Update
ASUS Music Alarm
NVIDIA RIS (Remote Installation Service) application
Anti-virus software (OEM version)

Form Factor
ATX Form Factor, 12"x 9" (30.5cm x 22.9cm)

Asus P5NSLI Accessory Bundle

As we've mentioned, the Asus P5NSLI is a motherboard targeted at mainstream users on a budget.  As such, the P5NSLI doesn't ship with an elaborate assortment of accessories.  Included with the motherboard were three ribbon cables (floppy, 40-wire IDE, and 80-wire IDE), a single SATA data cable, and a single Molex-to-SATA power cable adapter.  Along with the various cables, Asus also threw in a case bracket with two USB 2.0 ports, a "soft" SLI bridge connector, and a package of Q-Connectors which makes connecting the P5NSLI to any ATX-style case a breeze.  Of course, a user's manual and driver / utility CD were included in the bundle as well, as were a custom I/O shield and an "Asus" case badge. The utilities on the CD included Asus' PC Probe II, Asus Update, Asus Music Alarm, and NVIDIA's RIS (Remote Installation Service) application and a basic OEM anti-virus application.

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