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ASUS L1N64-SLI WS to be the first 4x4 motherboard

DailyTech has obtained a couple of images of an upcoming motherboard for AMD’s 4x4 enthusiast platform. The motherboard is an ASUS  L1N64-SLI WS powered by two NVIDIA nForce 680a MCPs. Two socket-1207 processors are supported with four memory slots—two slots per processor. With two nForce 680a MCPs the ASUS L1N64-SLI WS features 12 SATA 3.0 Gbps ports and one PATA for storage connectivity. There’s also an additional e.SATA port on the back I/O as well.

As far as PCI Exress goes the L1N64-SLI WS features a grand total of four PCI Express x16 slots for plenty of SLI and SLI physics processing power. Due to space limitations the L1N64-SLI WS only has one PCI and PCIe x1 slots.

Networking features of the ASUS L1N64-SLI WS include dual Gigabit Ethernet ports. The onboard Gigabit Ethernet features NVIDIA’s FirstPacket, DualNet, Teaming and TCP/IP offload technologies. Audio is powered by a high definition audio codec with optical and coaxial S/PDIF outputs. It is unknown which codec ASUS has equipped the L1N64-SLI WS with, though it could be Analog Devices or Realtek. The board is not legacy free and still has PS/2 and parallel ports.

Due to the complex design of AMD’s 4x4 platform, the ASUS L1N64-SLI WS uses an eATX form factor which will not fit in smaller cases. Since dual processors require a little extra power, ASUS has equipped the L1N64-SLI WS with an 8-pin EPS12v and Molex power connectors.

U.S. distributors claim the ASUS L1N64-SLI WS will have an MSRP of $480 without bundles, but the street price will probably be much less.

Expect AMD’s 4x4 enthusiast platform to arrive later this month with three Athlon FX processors—FX-70, FX-72 and FX-74. It is unknown if the ASUS L1N64-SLI WS will be compatible upcoming AMD Stars processors.

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Still including a parallel port?
By jarman on 11/20/2006 5:00:37 PM , Rating: 2
WTF? Who uses a parallel port on a SLI motherboard?

RE: Still including a parallel port?
By Etern205 on 11/20/2006 5:14:15 PM , Rating: 2
What do you expect them to have?
A serial port for those
external 14.6Kb/s modems?

RE: Still including a parallel port?
By lemonadesoda on 11/20/2006 5:22:27 PM , Rating: 4
Don't knock a COM port. They can run at very high speeds and are very useful for doing all sorts of things and driving all sorts of equipment (like PBAX phone systems, or industrial machinery, or scientific equipment and data aquisition).

By GaryJohnson on 11/20/2006 5:57:44 PM , Rating: 3
The inclusion of a parallel port is definately a bonus. With this system I could run my 200 ton clearing straight side double crank mechanical press and minster 32 ton open back inclinable press WHILE playing Battlefield 2142.

RE: Still including a parallel port?
By lemonadesoda on 11/20/2006 5:19:25 PM , Rating: 3
Have to agree with you there. A COM port would be a much better substitute.

RE: Still including a parallel port?
By Gholam on 11/21/2006 3:55:11 AM , Rating: 2
Top right corner of the first photo, you can see a 9-pin RS-232C pinout.

RE: Still including a parallel port?
By EBH on 11/21/2006 11:57:48 AM , Rating: 2
if i wated to use a debugger machine or a UPS i would need a parallel port, so yeh don't knock it scrub

RE: Still including a parallel port?
By EBH on 11/21/2006 11:59:18 AM , Rating: 2
nevermind i meant COM port lol

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