Written by Michael Larabel in Motherboards on 24 May 2007. Page 1 of 6. 18 Comments

The ASUS P5N-E SLI motherboard rings in at about $130 USD, which makes it substantially cheaper than many of the NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI motherboards on the market and even some of the nForce 650i motherboards. While this motherboard may be affordable, does it deliver upon the ASUS quality and innovations that enthusiasts have come to expect from their cutting edge products? Well, some of its many features include Intel Quad-Core support, NVIDIA SLI, and HD Azalia Audio.


· LGA775 Socket Intel Quad-Core/Core Extreme/Pentium D/Pentium 4/Celeron CPU processors
· Compatible with Intel 06/05A/05B processors
· Intel EIST/EM64T/Hyper-Threading Technology/C1E/TM1/TM2

· NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI

Front Side Bus
· 1333/1066/800/533MHz

· Dual channel memory architecture
· 4 x 240-pin DIMM sockets support up to 8GB DDR2 800/667/533 non-ECC/ Unbuffered memory

· Gigabit LAN featuring AI Net2
· Marvell 88E1116 PHY

· Realtek ALC883 6-channel CODEC
· Audio Sensing and Enumeration Technology
· Multi-Streaming 1 X Coaxial S/PDIF out ports on back I/O

Special Features
· ASUS Q-Connector
· ASUS O.C. Profile
· ASUS Fanless Design
· ASUS PC Probe2
· ASUS Q-Fan2
· ASUS MyLogo2
· ASUS Update

· 4 Mb Flash ROM, AWARD BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.3
· ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 2


As with all ASUS motherboards we have reviewed, the P5N-E SLI arrived with a wealth of accessories. Among these accessories were a NVIDIA SLI bridge, ASUS 2-in-1 Q-Connector Kit, IDE ribbon cable, FDD ribbon cable, two Serial ATA cables, two Serial ATA power adapters, one USB 2.0 expansion header, the I/O shield, and the user's manual with support CDs. These accessories were separated from the ATX motherboard itself and once again we have no complaints about the quality of ASUS packaging.

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