ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe: Networking and Audio, Expansion Ports
The mainboard’s networking section is represented by two chips from Marvell, one of which is a physical-level interface (Alaska 88E1111) for the NVIDIA Gigabit Ethernet controller integrated into the chipset. The other chip, Marvell Yukon 88E8053, is a full-fledged one-chip Gigabit Ethernet controller that connected across a PCI Express x1 bus. Of course, NVIDIA’s integrated controller supports the exclusive hardware firewall ActiveArmor. Both the networking controllers support AI NET technology that helps diagnose network cables and locate damaged sections. The Wireless Edition of the ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe also carries an 802.11b/g wireless controller, which is missing on our sample.
The nForce 4 SLI X16 still does not support the High-Definition Audio standard (also known as Azalia), so the mainboard’s audio section consists of an eight-channel AC’97 codec Realtek ALC850. It’s going to be enough for all users except for audiophiles who will probably install a standalone audio card with I2C codecs and 24-bit audio support, anyway. As usual, the mainboard’s audio headers can be connected to the system case’s audio ports.
NVIDIA’s chipsets do not support the FireWire interface, but the A8N32-SLI Deluxe is equipped with a Texas Instruments TSB43AD22A controller that offers you two IEEE1394a ports. The USB 2.0 interface is implemented through the nForce4 – its 10 ports are more than sufficient for today.
As for legacy ports, the mainboard has an LPT connector in its traditional place. The customary position of the COM ports is occupied by an optical and coaxial S/PDIF connectors and an external Serial ATA-II port, but one COM port can still be enabled through the appropriate bracket for the back panel of the system case. You can also find a Game port on the bracket with two SUB 2.0 ports, so you will be able to connect your old joystick to this mainboard.