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Asus A7N8X Deluxe nForce2 Socket A Motherboard
review by David, 17 February 2003

Introduction

Asus is one of the more well known brands in computer hardware in the world. Known especially for their line of motherboards, which also happen to be one of the higher priced in the market, they consistently offer the performance, quality and features befitting the premium pricetag they carry.

A short blurb on Asus: "Founded in 1989, ASUS has grown into a global corporation with more than 5,200 employees worldwide. With sales offices in Taiwan, the United States and Germany, and manufacturing facilities in Taiwan and China, ASUS provides advanced premium quality solutions to the world. ASUS Customer Service Centers have 11 worldwide branches that are ready to provide quality support to ASUS partners and product-owners. ASUS customers include top tier OEMs, distributors, VARs, and system integrators in over 50 countries. An extensive sales network includes over 300 channel partners and industry vendors that offer technical expertise and support to end-users."

Asus's A7N8X is their foray into nVidia's chipset-based motherboards for socket A systems. With their reputation for producing top notch boards, will this one live up to the high expectations Asus has set for themselves?

nForce?

The original nForce chipset, though packed with bells and whistles, was rather expensive. nVidia's nForce was competing directly with VIA's KT-266 chipset, which performed pretty much the same, albeit at a much lower price tag. The integrated GeForce2 MX graphics, while useful for OEMs and system builders, wasn't attracting enthusiasts, who were unwilling to pay for the added feature, as they all wanted to use a higher-powered add-in AGP cards. Even though nVidia later introduced a variant on the nForce chipset without the integrated graphics, the damage was already done.

Given that the original nForce chipset wasn't exactly the big hitter for various reasons, the nForce2 chipset is something that was very much anticipated near towards the end of 2002. Sporting an impressive line-up of features including Dual Channel DDR400 memory bus, 8x AGP, 6-channel Dolby Sound a.k.a. SoundStorm, integrated 10/100 NIC functionality, six USB 2.0 ports, IEEE-1394 a.k.a. Firewire, and an ATA133 controller, the NForce2 chipset is veritably an all-in-one solution, fitting just about anyone's bill, if you look at the paper specifications alone.

I won't go into details on the nForce2 chipset, as many other sites have done much more in depth research and presentations into the technology. For more information, you can check out AnandTech, HardOCP, NVNews, and 3DGPU.

Lets check out some of the features and specifications behind the A7N8X Deluxe.

A7N8X Features >>


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