If you want to upgrade to the new AMD AM2 platform, you will no doubt choose a motherboard with a chipset from the latest NVIDIA nForce 500 series.
There are numerous AM2 motherboards to choose from, and almost all of them are powered by an NVIDIA chipset. However, this is not a bad thing considering how impressive the latest NVIDIA chipset is. The nForce 570 Ultra and SLI are excellent mainstream parts that offer exceptional performance and an amazing list of features. On top of that, most high-quality nForce 570 motherboards are currently retailing between $ 100 and $ 150.
When you're ready to spend even more, the nForce 590 SLI is your first choice, as NVIDIA likes to refer to it as "MCP (Media and Communication Processor) for Enthusiasts". Only a few nForce 590 SLI motherboards are currently available, or at least a few that I would look at. Earlier last month, we tested the ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe, which at the time had a retail value of $ 220. The M2N32-SLI Deluxe was an exceptional motherboard that offered a wide range of functions, superior performance and overclocking capabilities.
Against this background, the Gigabyte M59SLI-S5 faces a tough test because the M2N32-SLI Deluxe has already set such high standards. There seems to be very little on paper between these two motherboards. Even the design and layout of this gigabyte board shows numerous similarities to that of the ASUS version. Since both motherboards are equipped with the nForce 590 SLI, the function lists are also very similar.
The ASUS motherboard includes some optional extras, such as: B. the WiFi device with remote control, which is not available in gigabytes. Although this is a feature that not everyone will use, I would have preferred to find a wireless solution that is also offered for the Gigabyte M59SLI-S5. The average retail price of the M59SLI-S5 is around $ 200, which makes it about $ 20 cheaper than the ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe.
The actual comparison test lies in the performance of the M59SLI-S5. I imagined the overall performance and stability of this motherboard would be top notch, but I wasn't so sure about its overclocking capabilities. On the other hand, overclocking is another feature that not all users are interested in. Still, good overclocking performance is a positive sign of a good motherboard these days, because making a good overclocker involves a lot more than just offering options that can be optimized through the BIOS or Windows.
I recently found that both AMD and Intel motherboards developed by ASUS are among the best overclockers in the industry. I've also come across several gigabyte motherboards that can turn a low-end Athlon64 processor into FX killer. Could the M59SLI-S5 be another highly regarded board? Well, the M2N32-SLI Deluxe set the standard with a maximum FSB of 340 MHz, which resulted in a total clock frequency of 2.72 GHz for an Athlon64 3800+ (clocked at 2.4 GHz by default). Now it's time for Gigabyte to answer.