A few months back we had tested the A7N8X, the basic nForce2 motherboard from Asus. Today we have its full-blown version, the Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe, which boasts of almost everything that you can hope to find on a motherboard including WiFi LAN. So let's not waste any more time and get straight down to it.
The board and the package
The A7N8X-E Deluxe is based on the nForce2 Ultra 400 chipset with the nForce2 MCP-T Southbridge. The board supports the entire range of AMD Socket-A CPUs with 200/266/333/400 MHz FSB (Front Side Bus). It features three DIMM slots that support up to 3 GB of DDR RAM with clock speeds of 266, 333 and 400 MHz in single and dual channel mode. You need at least two RAM modules (strips), placed in the appropriate slots to make use of the dual channel interface. The instructions for the same are present in the manual.
Other than the above, this board is packed with almost all the features that you can think of presently. FireWire, SATA RAID (Raid 0 and 1), USB 2.0, AGP 8X, Giga-LAN, you name it and this board has got it all. The board sports a full ATX form factor and has one 8X AGP and five PCI slots. Two IDE and one Floppy connector are also present in addition to a pair of Serial ATA connectors. The back panel comprises of the usual PS/2 ports, the parallel port, a serial port, a pair of RJ-45 jacks for the onboard LAN and Giga-LAN and two pairs of USB 2.0 ports. The audio connectors for front, rear and center outputs along with Audio-In, Mic and a Coaxial-Out can also be found on the panel.
The motherboard box is full to brim with goodies. Let me quickly run through the list. The box contains a pair of IDE cables, a pair of SATA cables, a Floppy Cable, USB extender cable with a couple of ports, FireWire ports, a SATA to standard power converter, custom back plate, three manuals - a multilingual quick setup guide, the general user/setup manual and the WiFi setup guide, and three driver and software CDs.
And did I mention the WiFi adapter, which plugs into the provided slot on the motherboard. Now that's what I call a complete package.