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Friday, February 24, 2006
ASUS P5N32-SLI DELUXE

1. Introduction

ASUS recently released its new NForced4 based motherboard, the P5N32-SLI Deluxe with dual x16 PCI-Express SLI. Two full-bandwidth 16-lane PCI Express links ensure maximum graphics performance for next-generation GPUs and games, it offers twice the PCI Express bandwidth of x8 SLI solutions, such as the P5ND2-SLI Deluxe.

- Features

The ASUS AI Life motherboards are designed for Peace Quiet and Comfort. While these are great, if you had something other than peace in mind, the P5N32-SLI Deluxe will suit you just fine. This mobo is for those who don't shoot in self defense, who don't pass another car because they are late, and who despise mercy rules in sports. Challenge your system for the highest performance and be ready when the next graphics revolution comes, with dual x16 PCI-Express SLI. Get tough, get competitive, get on top of the game and stay on top.


NVIDIA SLI™ Technology
Ultimate Gaming Performance with NVIDIA SLI™ X16 Technology

NVIDIA® SLI™-Scalable Link Interface- takes advantage of the increased bandwidth of the PCI Express bus architecture and features intelligent hardware and software that allows two GPUs to efficiently work together to deliver earth-shattering, scalable performance. (From www.NVIDIA.com)

NVIDIA® nForce4 SLI Intel® Edition
NVIDIA® nForce™4 SLI Intel Edition Northbridge and nForce4 SLI Southbridge - The ultimate enthusiast platform

Get the power of NVIDIA® nForce™ 4 SLI for Intel platforms! High performance NVIDIA nForce 4 SLI MCPs deliver comprehensive features for advanced PC security, reliable PC storage, SLI™ technology, PCI Express bus architecture and DualDDR2 memory technology. NVIDIA nForce4 MCPs offer Intel enthusiasts stable, reliable, compatible platform support for ultimate PC performance.

- Unique Features

ASUS two-slot thermal design (ASUS exclusive)
ASUS exclusive two-slot thermal design


ASUS two-slot thermal design provides better air-flow and lower VGA card temperatures than other brands one-slot design, which also ensures better system stability and longer component life cycle.

~ The Asus is unique among the tested SLI boards in providing 3 slots between the x16 PCIe slots used for SLI. All of the other SLI boards provide 2 slots between the video cards. This will be an important feature for users who water-cool their video cards or have special cooling in mind for the pair of SLI cards. ~ (From www.anandtech.com for ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe review)

~ it offers two x16 PCIe slots, spaced far enough apart to accommodate even graphics cards with monstrous cooling solutions.

~ (From www.tomshardware.com for ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe review)

8 Phase Power Design
This is the ultimate power design with performance as its principle purpose. The 8-phase power builds a more steady power supply environment for the CPU and generates less heat than the conventional power design. Moreover, with this strong power pump, P5N32-SLI Deluxe can perform with better overclocking ability.

SATA on the Go (External SATA port on back I/O)
SATA on the Go designed for external SATA devices (ASUS exclusive)

The external SATA ports located at the back I/O provide smart setup, hot-plug and support up to 16 devices with port-multiplier functions. Easily backup photos, videos and other entertainment contents on external devices.
ASUS P5N32-SLI Deluxe supports the next-generation hard drives based on the Serial ATA (SATA) 3Gb/s storage specification, delivering enhanced scalability and doubling the bus bandwidth for high-speed data retrieval and saves.

Stack Cool 2
Stack Cool 2 is a fan-less and zero-noise cooling solution. It effectively transfers heat generated by the critical components to the other side of the specially designed PCB (printed circuit board) for effective heat dissipation.

Fanless Design
Provide a cool environment without all the baggage

Cooling fans, though a popular thermal solution, also come with noise and the likelihood of malfunction. ASUS Motherboard's fanless concept, is specifically created to provide a cool environment without all the baggage.

ASUS has devoted special efforts to address the thermal issues across the motherboard, and most notably the areas occupied by the CPU, power, VGA, Northbridge and Southbridge. The heat sinks and strategic board layout, were tailor designed to dissipate heat in the most efficient manner.

- Standard Features

Intel LGA775 Pentium 4 / Celeron CPU
This motherboard supports the latest Intel® Pentium / Celeron CPU in LGA775 package with 1066/ 800/ 533MHz FSB, Hyper-Threading Technology and core-speeds up to 3.8GHz and beyond.
Supports Intel® Dual/Single-Core 65nm Processors
This motherboard supports  Intel®  65nm Pentium®  D/ Intel®  Pentium®  4/ Celeron®  processors. ASUS motherboard is the ideal solution to enhance the performance of new generation processors.
Intel EM64T
64-bit computing, the next generation technology to replace current 32-bit architecture, delivers advanced system performance, faster memory access and increased productivity. This motherboard provides excellent compatibility and flexibility by supporting either 64-bit or 32-bit architecture.
PCI Express Architecture
PCI Express is the latest I/O interconnect technology that will replace the existing PCI. With a bus bandwidth 4 times higher than that of AGP 8X interface, PCI Express x16 bus performs much better than AGP 8X in applications such as 3D gaming. PCI Express x1 also outperforms PCI interface with its exceptional high bandwidth up to 500MB/s. The high speed PCI Express interface creates new usages on desktop PCs e.g., Gigabit LAN, 1394b, and high-speed RAID systems.

- Maximizing Gaming Performance

Precision Tweaker
Designed for serious overclockers

It offers ways to raise system performance inch-by-inch and step-by-step to achieve maximum performance! This is about getting the most out of your machine, and taking pride in your customized computer.
vDIMM -
Take control of how much power is going into the memory modules. ASUS gives you 8-step voltage control to the DIMM
vCore -
Find out "exactly" how much power your CPU needs. Fine-tune it with 0.0125 volts at a time!
SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection) allows
- FSB tuning from 133MHz up to 400MHz at 1MHz increment
- Memory tuning from 533MHz up to 1200MHz at 1MHz increment
- PCI Express frequency tuning from 100MHz up to 150MHz at 1MHz increment
AI NOS™
Applications such as 3D games and video editing demand a huge chunk of system resource.
Inject "nitrous oxide" into your CPU! The patented AI NOS™ (Non-delay Overclocking System) technology intelligently detects system load and automatically boosts performance for the most demanding tasks. Unlike other dynamic overclocking techniques, AI NOS™ reacts much faster to satisfy your unending need for speeds.
PEG Link for dual VGA cards
Automatically gaming performance tuning for single/dual graphics cards
This latest technology, PEG (PCI Express Graphics) Link Mode, is a unique feature that enables users to boost graphics card performance for superior video quality.
PEG Link allows users to raise GPU and VGA memory throughput via the motherboard BIOS the same way system bus and memory bus are tweaked. PEG Link Mode enables powerful video performance on DX8 and DX9 applications. ASUS engineers carefully fine-tuned the parameters for every single PCI-Express card to provide system stability during high-speed graphics operation.
ASUS CPU Lock Free
The P5N32-SLI Deluxe offer the CPU Lock Free feature, which allows you to adjust CPU multiplier to 14x. The reduction of multiplier value provides more flexibility for increasing external FSB frequency to raise memory bus bandwidth. CPU Lock Free boosts overall system performance by making synchronous modification possible. Enjoy better performance at the same CPU operation speed and improve your system without pushing the CPU to the limit.
C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
When the system hangs due to overclocking failure, there is no need to open the case to clear CMOS data. Just simply restart the system, the BIOS would show the previous setting and then users can amend the CPU setting again.

- Add-on Features

Dual Gigabit LAN and AI NET 2
The integrated dual Gigabit LAN design allows a PC to serve as a network gateway for managing traffic between two separate networks. This capability ensures rapid transfer of data from WAN to LAN without any added arbitration or latency.
ASUS AI NET2 remotely detects cable connection the second you turn on the system, and any faulty connections are reported back up to 100 meters at 1 meter accuracy.
Dual RAID
Smooth and efficient multi-RAID solution offer data protection and optimal data access
The NVIDIA nForce4 SLI Southbridge supports RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5, and JBOD 3Gb/s and 4 of Parallel ATA drives, totally up to 8 drives for Multi-RAID function.
The Silicon Image Sil3132 controller offers 2 additional SATA 3Gb/s interfaces and allows RAID 0 and RAID 1 functions for best data security.
IEEE 1394
IEEE 1394 interface provides high speed digital interface for audio / video appliances such as digital television, digital video camcorders, storage peripherals & other PC portable devices.
ASUS Q-Fan2
ASUS Q-Fan2 technology intelligently adjusts both CPU fan and chassis fan speeds according to system loading to ensure quiet, cool and efficient operation.

- NVIDIA features

NVIDIA DualDDR2 for high performance memory support
NVIDIA DASP 3.0: The third-generation DASP 3.0 (dynamic adaptive speculative preprocessor) consists of pre-processors that are tasked to track data threads and pre-fetch the appropriate data. It has been re-designed for improved performance and lowest latency.
NVIDIA QuickSync : Designed to allow the use of the highest possible FSB and memory speeds without any negative impact on system performance. It features a patent-pending QuickSync synchronization technology that transfers memory requests and data between the FSB and memory clock domains in the shortest amount of time, thus maximizing system performance.
NVIDIA ActiveArmor™ - Unmatched security
Dedicated hardware-based ActiveArmor secure networking engine and ActiveArmor Firewall protect your PC from hackers and spyware the minute it is turned on and filters out any unauthorized or suspicious traffic. NVIDIA ActiveArmor secures your PC against a wide range of attacks including IP-spoofing and ARP cache poisoning. Easy to set up and fast to configure, ActiveArmor offers remote secure access, monitoring, and configuration for management.
NVIDIA MediaShield™ - Advanced storage with RAID technology
Unique support for four SATA 3Gb/s and four ATA-133 drives. RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 0+1 support, enabling fast disk data transfers. Allows RAID arrays across both SATA and PATA hard drives and provides advanced features like the NVIDIA disk alert system that immediately alerts you if a drive fails, and dedicated spare disks that will automatically rebuild if a failed hard drive is detected.

- ASUS Special Features

S/PDIF-out on Back I/O Port
This motherboard provides convenient connectivity to external home theater audio systems via an optical or coaxial S/PDIF-out (SONY-PHILIPS Digital Interface) jack. It allows to transfer digital audio without converting to analog format and keeps the best signal quality.
ASUS CrashFree BIOS2
The CrashFree BIOS2 feature now includes the BIOS auto-recovery function in a support CD.
Users can reboot their system through the support CD when a bootable disk is not available,
and go through the simple BIOS auto-recovery process.
ASUS motherboards now enable users to enjoy this protection feature without the need to pay for an optional ROM.
ASUS EZ Flash
With ASUS EZ Flash, you can update BIOS before entering operating system. No more DOS-based flash utility and bootable diskette required.
ASUS POST Reporter
A voice warning design during POST notifies users of any system errors, which means no more complicated LED messages!
ASUS MyLogo2
You can convert your favorite photo into a 256-color boot logo for a more colorful and vivid image on your screen.
Multi-language BIOS
ASUS provides friendly localized BIOS setup menu to help you configure your system as easy as possible.
WinDVD Suite
ASUS motherboards, intensifying leadership in the IT industry, now bundle the versatile InterVideo WinDVD Suite. This multifaceted software set includes the latest multimedia software, bringing forth the multimedia features of ASUS motherboards to the best! (OEM version)

You can see the specifications in the table below:

CPU Socket775 for Intel® Pentium Processor Extreme Edition / Pentium D / Pentium 4 / Celeron CPU
Compatible with Intel® 05B/05A and 04B/04A processors
Intel® EM64T/ EIST*/Hyper-Threading Technology
Chipset NVIDIA® nForce4 SLI Intel® Edition
NVIDIA® nForce4 SLI
Front Side Bus 1066 / 800 / 533MHz
Memory Dual channel memory architecture 4 x 240-pin DIMM sockets support max. 16GB DDR2 667/533 non-ECC memory Refer to www.asus.com or user manual for ""Memory QVL (Qualify Vendor List)"""
Expansion Slots 2 x PCI Express x16
2 x PCI Express x1
1 x PCI Express x4
2 x PCI
PCI 2.2
SLI ASUS EZ Plug™
ASUS two-slot thermal design
ASUS PEG Link for dual PCI Express graphics cards
Storage/RAID NVIDIA® nForce4 SLI supports NVRAID
- 2 x Ultra DMA 133/100/66/33
- 4 x Serial ATA 3 Gb/s
- NVRAID: RAID0, 1, 0+1, 5, and JBOD
Silicon Image® 3132 SATA controller supports
- 1 x Internal Serial ATA 3 Gb/s hard disk
- 1 x External Serial ATA hard disk (SATA On-the-Go)
- RAID 0, 1
LAN Dual Gigabit LAN featuring AI Net2
NVIDIA NF4 SLI Southbridge built-in Gigabit MAC with external Marvell PHY supports:
- NV ActiveArmor
- NV Firewall
Marvell PCI-e Gigabit LAN
WiFi-b/g: 802.11b/g (optional)
Audio Realtek ALC850 8-channel CODEC
Universal Audio Jack
Audio Sensing and Enumeration Technology
Coaxial/Optical S/PDIF out ports on back I/O
IEEE 1394 TI 1394a controller supports: - 2 x IEEE 1394a connector onboard
ASUS AI Life Features Stack Cool2 SATA on the Go (External SATA on back I/O port)
Overclocking Features Intelligent overclocking tools: - AI NOS™ (Non-delay Overclocking System) - AI Overclocking (intelligent CPU frequency tuner) - ASUS PEG Link - Automatically performance tuning for single/dual graphics cards - ASUS CPU Lock Free - ASUS Ai Booster Utility Precision Tweaker: - vDIMM: 8-step DRAM voltage control - vCore: Adjustable CPU voltage at 0.0125V increment SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection) - FSB tuning from 133MHz up to 400MHz at 1MHz increment - Memory tuning from 400MHz up to 1200MHz - PCI Express frequency tuning from 100MHz up to 150MHz at 1MHz increment Overclocking Protection: - ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
Other ASUS Special Features Fanless Design
AI NET2 network diagnosis before entering OS
CrashFree BIOS 2
Q-Fan2 MyLogo2
EZ Flash
Multi-language BIOS
BIOS 8 Mb Flash ROM, AWARD BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.3
Back Panel I/O Ports 1 x Parallel
1 x S/PDIF Out (Coaxial + Optical)
1 x PS/2 Keyboard
1 x PS/2 Mouse
2 x RJ45
4 x USB 2.0/1.1 (5 x USB for WiFi edition)
1 x External SATA
1 x WiFi-b/g (optional)
8-Channel Audio I/O
Internal I/O Connectors 2 x USB connectors supports additional 6 USB 2.0 ports
2 x IEEE1394a connector
1 x COM connector
1 x GAME/MIDI connector
CPU Fan / 2x Chassis Fan/ Power Fan / 2x chipset fan connectors
Front panel audio connector
Chassis Intrusion connector
CD / AUX audio in
24-pin ATX Power connector
8-pin EATX 12V Power connector
4-pin EZ Plug power connector
Accessories InterVideo WinDVD Suite (OEM version)
1 x SLI connector
1 x IEEE1394 port module
4 x SATA cables
SATA power cables for 4 devices
1 x 2-port USB2.0 / Game module
1 x COM Port module
1 x UltraDMA 133/100/66 cable
1 x IDE cable
1 x FDD cable
2 x Option Fan
1 x I/O Shield
User' s manual
Support CD Drivers
ASUS PC Probe 2
ASUS Update
ASUS AI Booster
NVIDIA® NVFirwall
NVIDIA® RAID
Anti-virus software (OEM version)
Form Factor ATX Form Factor, 12”x 9.6”(30.5cm x 24.5cm)




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