nForce 590 chipset that is known for its “hot temper” is cooled down absolutely perfectly. SPP (System Performance Processor) and MNCP (Media and Communications Processor) chips are located very close to one another on the mainboard PCB, so they are cooled down in a sort of a tandem. The passive pin heatsink of the SPP is cooled down with the air flow from the active MCP cooler designed as a copper sole with attached ribs. The fan is small, according to the BIOS monitoring tool it rotates at high speed of about 6,200rpm, however, it sounds relatively quiet. Besides, its rotation speed can be controlled depending on the temperature. This combination of passive and active cooling allows keeping the chipset temperature at normal level without aggravating the noise parameters of the mainboard.
Since we have moved to the lower side of the PCB, we should mention the POST-code indicator, Power On and Reset buttons designed specifically for testers, and color coding of the front panel connectors for easy and quick assembly.
Another thing worth mentioning here is the location of the Serial ATA connectors. We have already come across the “lying” IDE connectors on other mainboards, this is really very convenient. However, it is for the first time in my experience that I have come across the “lying” SATA connectors.
The sound on DFI LanParty UT NF590 SLI-M2R/G is designed as a separate module and is even named after a well-known conductor. Once you install it the mainboard back panel will look as follows:
DFI LanParty UT NF590 SLI-M2R/G doesn’t come with a lot of accessories: round cables for HDD and FDD, a few Serial ATA cables, SLI bridge, the I/O shield, CD-disk with software, user’s manual – nothing excessive, only the essentials.