Though the AM2 platform was not released that long ago, there are an innumerable amount of motherboards to choose from. Choice is a good thing though, especially when you may or may not be on a budget. The board we are looking at today comes from ASUS and is one of their top models. It has all the goods, including the nForce 590 chipset. Beyond that though, there are features found here that only ASUS provides.
The M2N32 is an AI Lifestyle board, meaning it’s feature complete for your lifestyle and performance needs. As we will see later in the review, this is clearly the case.
The addition of WiFi and AMD Live! support may make the board out to seem like it’s for an HTPC or the like. Make no mistake, this is a board also caters well to enthusiasts and overclockers.
I won’t be getting into every minor thing this board offers, but if you are interested in the overall look you can take a look at the official specs page. The M2N32-SLI Deluxe is designed for anyone, whether you be building an HTPC or a sweet gaming rig. This board has it all. This is not ASUS saying this, this is -me- saying this. I’ve been using the motherboard for near a month, and I am left quite impressed with all it offers.
The board packs the nForce 590 SLI MCP chipset meaning you can hook up SLI right away. This chipset in itself introduces a lot of features to the user:
A feature complete motherboard would not be as such without proper cooling considerations. The M2N32-SLI uses a special heatsink that covers the Southbridge, Northbridge and PWM all in one fell swoop. This sink uses copper heatpipe technology to dissipate heat quickly, but fins are only found on the PWM. The SB and NB are merely covered with a heatpipe enhanced heatsink. It does the job though while taking away the need for a chipset fan. This should result in less power consumption (albeit low) and less noise.
Since this board also caters to overclockers, it’s no surprise the wealth of tools that are included. I will give a brief overview:
So, I think it’s obvious that this is indeed a packed board. Time to take a look at the packaging and the board overview!