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Socket 754 Roundup, Part 3: Asus, Soltek & DFI
The pin ATX connector and 4-pin 12V are almost ideal, since both are out of the way on board edges and do not need to be snaked over or around any components.
Frequent readers of PCStats know that I have ripped a lot of older onboard audio codec’s for sapping too much CPU power and providing low quality audio. Manufacturers have heard our complaints, yes and the quality of sound and features has certainly gone up! The Asus K8N-E Deluxe motherboard comes in the standard ‘Asus brown’ shade, and maintains a pretty good component layout that won’t cause too many headaches when you go to install it.
Except for the inadequate memory voltages available, the overclocking controls are OK, if not noteworthy.
The K8N-E is typical Asus, which means that the layout is very good indeed. Some of the fastest current memory requires 2. Beginners Guides Cases and Access. Asus did not include any chipset voltage adjustments at all on the K8N-E, a feature that many will miss.
Sign up now Username Password Remember Me. If you’re an enthusiast it’s a very exciting and expensive time, so it’s no surprise that many consumers have decided to lay low till the dust settles. I suppose they ass really interfere with anything, but it’s an odd location to place something like that. When the board is overclocked, this little BGA heatsinks gets warm, so point a fan in its direction if you feel it is holding things back.
If you need to connect a floppy, make sure that you pay close attention to the location of the floppy in your case axus to the K8N-E. All-in-all, the K8N-E is a really mixed bag, k88n-e some adjustments that are exemplary, and others, missing or downright crude.
While 6 SATA connections are nice, you will see in our overclocking tests that this arrangement makes serious overclocking with a SATA drive all but impossible. Perhaps this is a concession to the K8N-E appearing late in the cycle, but we were particularly chipste by memory voltage adjustments that top out at 2.
IDE connectors asue in our preferred upper right edge location, though Asus has placed saus floppy connector on the bottom right edge of the board – a less desirable location in many case layouts. Normal computer users on the other hand couldn’t care less. Chippset was more than a bit surprising, considering some of the excellent nForce 2 designs with an Asus name.
The nForce3 GB chipset gets passed off with a dead silent, totally passive heatsink that is kind small. As you can see from the picture on the right, Asus has implemented a new type of videocard locking slot.
It’s handy for those of us wth high end cards with memory RAMsinks. We were more than a bit surprised, however, to find the uneven range of adjustment options on the K8N-E.
ASUS K8N-E – motherboard – ATX – Socket – nForce3 Gb Overview – CNET
Log in Don’t have an account? Only the top edge between the CPU socket and the rear IO is a concern, with a row of capacitors and coils close to the socket. Post Your Comment Please log in or sign up to comment.