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The cooler is fastened in a non-standard way: a spring-loaded clip is hitched on the two juts on the mainboard on both sides of the CPU socket. As a result, it is going to be difficult to install any other cooler on the ASUS N4L-VM DH.

Besides the graphical PCI Express x16 slot, the mainboard has one PCI Express x1 and two ordinary PCI slots. The PCI Express x1 is located on the left of the graphical slot and will be blocked if you install a high-performance graphics card with a dual-slot cooler.

The ASUS N4L-VM DH uses a three-channel CPU voltage regulator. A 4-pin 12V ATX connector, rarely seen on modern mainboards, is used to power up the CPU.

Well, you don’t actually need an advanced voltage regulator here. Core Duo and Core Solo processors are among the most economical processors today with a TDP of only 31W.

By the way, the low power consumption of modern Socket 479 processors makes it possible to use a low-wattage power supply with the ASUS N4L-VM DH mainboard as well as with similar mainboards from other manufacturers. For example, a 150W power supply would suffice if you use the integrated graphics core. If you install an external graphics card into the system, a 250W PSU should be enough. So even if the Viiv platform with the Core Duo processor doesn’t become the best in terms of performance, it is surely superior in terms of power consumption and noise.

The back panel of the ASUS N4L-VM DH has a standard layout. The only questionable element is the Serial ATA port that is not accompanied with an appropriate power connector for the attached Serial ATA drive. Besides the Serial ATA port, the mainboard’s back panel offers you two PS/2 ports for the mouse and keyboard, four USB 2.0 ports, a FireWire port, a network RJ45 port with two diagnostic LEDs, six audio jacks, coaxial and optical SPDIF inputs, and a D-Sub connector for the monitor.

 
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