Much of my time in the past month has been testing AMD's new AM2 Athlon64 and Sempron processors. During this time, I not only tested these new processors, but also the supporting motherboards and chipsets. The first tests were done on an nForce 570 Ultra motherboard with DDR2-800 memory, and the results were somewhat disappointing. Although the processor performance seemed to be quite good, the game results were anything but impressive as all tests preferred the older 939-pin platform.
It wasn't until I tested the much more expensive nForce 590 SLI chipset that I started lighting the AM2 platform. The nForce 590 SLI delivered everything the nForce 570 Ultra lacked, and that was mostly performance! The functionality of the nForce 570 Ultra was impressive and luckily the nForce 590 SLI only gets better. While testing, I also found that the nForce 590 SLI seems to be a much better overclocker than the nForce 570 Ultra, which is surprising.
The differences between the nForce 590 SLI and the nForce 570 Ultra are clearly not comparable with those of the nForce4 SLI and Ultra. Rather, there is actually quite a performance difference due to the improved storage performance of the nForce 590 SLI. NVIDIA LinkBoost technology increases the PCI Express and MCP HyperTransport buses by 25%, which in turn increases the connection bandwidth from 8 GB / s to 10 GB / s. The nForce 590 SLI also includes a total of 46 PCI Express lanes, so SLI mode can be operated at full speed. By that I mean that both PCI Express x16 slots work at full speed when using two graphics cards. In contrast, this is not a function of the SLI chipset nForce 570, which only operates every SLI card with PCI Express x8.
NVIDIA plans to provide extensive support to AM2 users with a range of four different chipsets, the nForce 590 SLI, the 570 SLI, the 570 Ultra and the 550. Today we're going to review the ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe motherboard with the nForce 590 SLI chipset. which is designed for the "enthusiast" segment. As you would expect from the world's most recognized motherboard manufacturer, the M2N32-SLI Deluxe is already making a name for itself as the best AM2 motherboard available to date, and yes, it contains many of the successful design elements of the widely recognized ASUS A8N32 SLI Deluxe.
Unique features of the M2N32-SLI Deluxe include the impressive 8-phase power supply design, WiFi-AP that supports IEEE802.11b / g, and of course the impressive heat conduction heat conduction. As most of you know, cooling for motherboards has become a real problem as the power consumption of CPUs, graphics cards and even chipsets continues to increase. However, ASUS has done its best to avoid the heat by using, for example, an 8-phase power design, Stack Cool 2 and heat pipe technology.
Heat pipe technology must be one of the coolest design elements to find its way into computers in recent years. Just think of all the technological advances that computers have made in recent years, and think that without something as simple as heat pipes, most things would not have been possible. The heat pipe elements of the M2N32-SLI Deluxe cool the 8-phase power supply design, as well as the north and south bridge chips, and I'm happy to say that it works perfectly. During the test, the motherboard and all of its components remained very cool, even under extreme conditions.
The WiFi AP Solo feature is also impressive as it offers users much greater flexibility. This wireless access point can also be used in client mode, allowing users to play games, connect to the Internet, access shared printers, and use Skype. Best of all, the Skype feature can be used in sleep mode, so users can easily use Skype as a real replacement for traditional phone services. The feature list of the M2N32-SLI Deluxe is huge, as there are so many ASUS proprietary features that you can talk about it all day. Instead of doing that, let's just let the board performance do all the talking, should we …