When you look at ASUS motherboards, there are usually two modes of presentation: entry to mid-level boards are rather bland while high end boards try to blow you away. However, if there's one thing ASUS has brought forward throughout the years is a tradition for quality. When manufacturers like Abit and EpoX began catering to enthusiasts with overclocking flexibility the promise of pushing performance limits, ASUS seemed content with delivering solid and stable motherboards, though it meant that they were left out of the gaming picture. However, this is ancient history. As other top-tier manufacturers up the level of quality on their boards as well as encroaching competition from value and volume driven manufacturers, ASUS has been beefing up their high-end boards; introducing the premium AI Proactive and AiLife branding, packing in features and aggressive performance programming, all to make a bigger impact.
While the last few Intel based boards have gained accolades from us, the last AMD motherboard from ASUS we tested (A8N-SLI Deluxe) fell slightly short of our expectations with compatibility issues in some benchmarks. Since NVIDIA has launched their nForce4 SLI X16 chipset refresh, we decided to look at the updated SLI board from ASUS, the A8N32-SLI Deluxe. ASUS calls it the AiLife Gaming Edition motherboard and in the following pages, we'll tell you why you should be excited about it.
The ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe comes with the following bundle: