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The ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe

The ASUS AM2 ATX motherboard lineup
ASUS casts the first stone in the race for AM2 dominance

With the AM2 and MCP55 launches just around the corner (May 23, 2006), motherboards are already starting to trickle into the retail channel.  DailyTech recently obtained the complete ASUS AM2 launch roadmap, including ATI, NVIDIA and VIA offerings.

The spearhead of ASUS's AM2 offerings will be the nForce 590 SLI and Xpress 3200 motherboards, labeled as the M2N32-SLI Deluxe and M2R32-MVP Deluxe respectively.  The M2N32-SLI Deluxe features everything you'd expect to find on nForce 590, including dual gigabit LAN ports from the nForce MCP, eight SATA 3.0Gbps (of which one is external SATA) and dual full x16 PCIe graphics interfaces.  NVIDIA's LinkBoost technology will also make an appearance on the M2N32-SLI Deluxe, which ASUS's box art claims will automatically overclock the PCIe and MCP HyperTransport link by 25% when a GeForce 7900 or 7950 GPU is inserted into both PCIe x16 interfaces. The M2N32-SLI Deluxe will also come in a workstation version dubbed the M2N32-WS.

The high end M2R32-MVP Deluxe features similar specifications and uses the fabled ATI SB600.  The motherboard features dual full x16 PCIe graphics interfaces, dual gigabit LAN and six SATA 3.0Gbps interfaces. 

Continuing to work down the line, ASUS will also offer an M2N4-SLI motherboard based on the nForce 4 SLI chipset.  Aside from the obvious PCIe lane configuration differences between nForce 4 and nForce 5xx, the M2N4-SLI uses a bog standard AC'97 5.1 channel codec with four SATA 3.0Gbps interfaces.  ASUS's M2V will be the only VIA offering from the company at AM2 launch.  The M2V, based off the K8T890 Northbridge and 8237A Southbridge, will only feature a single x16 PCIe interface and one SATA 3.0Gbps devices.  To round off the low end, ASUS will also offer an nForce 430 motherboard with all the GeForce 6150 trimmings.

ASUS also has plans for a few MicroATX AM2 motherboards on its roadmap, including the M2NPV-VM (GeForce 6150, nForce 430 with dual video outputs), the M2NPV-MX (a slightly cheaper version of the M2NPV-VM) and the M2N-MX which will be the first ASUS MCP61S motherboard.  Expect to see this motherboard begin to sample near the end of June, with the other MATX offerings showing up just after the AM2 launch.

ASUS's high end boards feature a new player in the integrated motherboard audio market for the company: Analog Devices.  ASUS first experimented with the ADI's SoundMax digital processor on a few Intel 965 prototypes, but it appears SoundMax will have a permanent home on new high end ASUS offerings going forward.  The ADI SoundMax 1988B features 7.1 high definition audio and special optimizations for voice recording.  The ASUS M2N SLI offerings come with an array microphone that uses multiple mic heads for a slightly less distorted sound.

Once again, the majority of ASUS's high end offerings will offer 8-phase power in the form of dual 4-phase serial circuits.  Some offerings, like the M2N32-SLI Deluxe pictured, will also come with an 802.11b/g WiFi card with an omni-directional antenna. All high end motherboards also come with a fanless heatpipe design.

We don't have prices on these motherboards yet, but expect to see them at your local Fry's or Newegg within the next few weeks!

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it's just time to upgrade
By lethalchronic on 5/15/2006 12:17:47 PM , Rating: 2
I'll admit I'm so far behind in my pc tech that an upgrade of any kind would be great. Now when i say I'm behind I mean as far as what I own, I keep up on all the latest stuff but I've haven't bought anything in awhile (except hard drives, two of my WD drives failed in a few months time, I'm a seagate man now). I'm running on an athlon xp 2500+ barton, 9800 pro, 1gb mushkin ram, and an asus a7n8x deluxe, that's nForce 2 for the people without exceptional memory. I've been itching to upgrade for years but I'm stuck in the upgrade paradox, which I'm sure all of you are familiar with =). And that is the whole, should I upgrade now and be obsolete again in six months or should I wait for the next big thing. God I've been in this cycle for at least a year and a half. This time with AM2 I am GOING TO DO IT. I mean I'll buy the new DDR2 800 RAM and the AM2 CPU, well I'm pretty much buying EVERYTHING NEW, monitor, speakers, keyboard/mouse included. And when (not if) AMD releases then next big thing (K8L as mentioned above) all I'll have to buy is CPU/MOBO again. Unless DDR3 comes up and bites me in the ass, that might sting. Anyway someone give me some input on what you think, and i appreciate those that might try to convert me to the Intel religion but I have what you might call a firm faith in AMD. Don't hate me you Intel fans I'm not dissing you or whatever, I'm actually excited about Conroe too, for the sake of anyone I LAN with that might have OEM computers (ughh). Let me know fellow Daily Tech'ers.

RE: it's just time to upgrade
By asforme on 5/24/2006 1:51:06 PM , Rating: 2
I'm in the same situation, I just wish all this went down a month or two ago. The rate the mobo's and cpu's are being released may end up being just a bit too late my birthday. The computer gods must have it out for me. Oh well... work, get paid, buy comptuer parts, repeat.

"Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine." -- Bill Gates
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