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ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe Mainboard

The ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe mainboard is based on the Nvidia nForce 570 SLI chipset.

The front side of the box promises us highest performance in a few languages; the reverse side describes the capabilities of the chipset. The sides of the box tell you about the mainboard’s innovations and special features.

Let’s see what’s so special about this product.

There’s nothing wrong at first sight. The mainboard is designed properly. Take a closer look at the heatsink to evaluate its fan-less concept:

The heatsink cools the mainboard’s MOSFETs and chipset, taking heat off the latter with the help of a heat pipe. The four-phase CPU power circuit consists of six 1500µF and four 1000µF capacitors from Matsushita.

The technical characteristics of the ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe come from the chipset’s capabilities with an addition of a few extra controllers. I won’t dwell upon obvious things like the mainboard’s support for Socket AM2 processors, SLI in x8 mode and DDR2 SDRAM, but I can tell you that its six Serial ATA and one ATA-133 port are implemented through the chipset and there is also a JMicron JMB363 controller with two ports, one of which is placed near the first PCI Express x16 connector and the other is located on the mainboard’s back panel.

A little above it, there is a FireWire port implemented through an additional Texas Instruments controller. The chipset provides ten USB 2.0 ports (four on the back panel) and two Gigabit Ethernet controllers that work via a PHY controller from Marvell. 8-channel High-Definition Audio is provided by an ADI 1988B chip; coaxial and optical S/PDIF interfaces are present. An ITE IT8716F-S chip is responsible for input-output functionality.

I want to specifically mention the fact that the ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe has six (!) fan connectors which are placed quite conveniently: two near the mainboard’s back panel, two at the top and two in the bottom right corner of the PCB.

An LPT port is wired on the PCB, but you have to purchase an appropriate bracket separately. At the very bottom of the PCB, below the PCI slot and near the audio connectors there is a mysterious header labeled ADH Connector. Its purpose is not explained in the documentation and remains a mystery to me.

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