P5B Premium Vista Edition

M2N32-SLI Premium Vista Edition
ASUS releases new Vista Editions of NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI, nForce 570 SLI and Intel P965 based motherboards

ASUS today announced the launch of four new motherboards that take advantage new features found within Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Vista operating system. New features such as ScreenDuo, TPM and ASUS Accelerated Propeller are available on the new ASUS M2N32-SLI Premium Vista Edition and M2N-Plus Vista Edition for AMD socket AM2 processors and P5B Premium Vista Edition and P5B-Plus Vista Edition for Intel socket T (LGA775) processors.

The new ScreenDuo is ASUS’ take on a Windows SideShow device. It only comes packaged with the M2N32-SLI Premium and P5B Premium Vista Editions. ASUS doesn’t appear to offer the ScreenDuo as a separate accessory disappointingly. Nevertheless, the ScreenDuo can display RSS feeds, pull up your schedule and other simple tasks that doesn’t need full computing power to complete.

All four new motherboards feature support for Trusted Platform Modules (TPM) to allow a "securer" computing environment. Although TPM modules are supported via header on motherboard, the actual module itself is sold separately, however, with a TPM installed the hardware requirements for Microsoft’s BitLocker drive encryption is full-filled. This allows users to take advantage of the hardware encryption features of Windows Vista.

Lastly on the new feature list is the ASUS Accelerated Propeller (ASAP). ASAP is essentially an integrated flash drive that can be used with Windows Vista’s ReadyBoost performance-enhancing feature. ASUS doesn’t seem to mention the size of the ASAP feature though.

New Windows Vista features aside, the new ASUS M2N32-SLI Premium Vista Edition is powered by NVIDIA’s nForce 590 SLI MCP while the M2N-Plus Vista Edition is powered by the less featured nForce 570 SLI MCP. On the Intel side of things the new P5B Premium Vista Edition and P5B-Plus Vista Edition are powered by Intel’s P965 chipset.

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