Preview - ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe

More of the ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe

More of the ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe

The many possibilities of the ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe. Legacy PS/2 and Serial ports stay with the Parallel port as a header. Other than that, you'll see coaxial and optical S/PDIF, FireWire, eSATA, two RJ-45s, four USB 2.0, 8-channel analog audio and surprise surprise a WLAN port.

As before, the nForce 590 SLI chipset sports two Gigabit LAN MACs and the ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe uses dual Marvell 88E1116 PHYs just like those on the Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5.

This Wireless LAN card is a special feature only available to the M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition. It uses a Realtek RTL8187L chipset for 802.11g support, but the neat part about it is that it hooks on to a standard USB header (and we initially wondered why ASUS left the extra header in the middle of the board) on the motherboard so users will not have to waste an expansion slot for it and ASUS doesn't have to squeeze it onto the PCB.

Texas Instruments TSB43AB22A is the FireWire controller of choice on the board offering two IEEE 1394a ports. Notice also to the right, ASUS does not use the standard Realtek CODEC for its audio. Instead we have an ADI SoundMAX 1998B 8-channel HD Audio controller supporting DTS Connect and microphone array.

If anything, you won't be left looking for fan headers. This board has a total of seven fan headers on the PCB including the CPU fan. Oh, did we mention that there are six SATA 3.0Gbps connectors native to the nForce 590 SLI chipset? We think we did.

Silicon Image SiI3132 SATA 3.0Gbps controller located at the weirdest location right at the top rear corner of the board behind the rear panel. This controller provides the board with its eSATA port, but the single internal connector is now practically redundant.

Well that wraps up our ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe preview. If you haven't yet checked out our previous previews, you can access the Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5, GA-M57SLI-S4 here and the MSI K9N SLI Platinum here.