We were more than a bit surprised, however, to find the uneven range of adjustment options on the K8N-E. Asus is normally masterful in their board layouts, with careful attention to function and placement of board components. By now it should be clear that is a transition year between old and new technologies. This was more than a bit surprising, considering some of the excellent nForce 2 designs with an Asus name. Socket Roundup, Part 3: Post Your Comment Please log in or sign up to comment.
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Asus is normally masterful in their board layouts, with careful attention to function and placement of board components.
ASUS K8N-E Deluxe – motherboard – ATX – Socket – nForce3 Gb Overview – CNET
As you can see from the picture on the right, Asus has implemented a new type of videocard locking slot. IDE connectors are in our preferred upper right edge location, though Asus has placed the floppy connector on the bottom right edge of the board – a less desirable location in many case layouts.
This was more than a bit surprising, considering some of the excellent nForce 2 designs with an Asus name. By now it should be clear that is a transition year between old and new technologies.
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ASUS K8N-E Deluxe – motherboard – ATX – Socket 754 – nForce3 250Gb Series
It’s handy for those of us wth high end cards with memory RAMsinks. When the board is overclocked, this little BGA heatsinks gets warm, so point a fan in its direction if you feel it is holding things back. If you’re world revolves around overclocking, this is a big limitation. Also, the HT range only extends to 4X in large 1X increments – a range to 5X like many competitors with finer 0.
I suppose they don’t really interfere with anything, but it’s an odd location to place something like that. All-in-all, the K8N-E is a really mixed bag, with some adjustments that are exemplary, and others, missing or downright crude. The pin ATX connector and 4-pin 12V are almost ideal, since both are out of the way on board edges and do not need to be snaked over or around any components.
Perhaps this is a concession to the K8N-E appearing late in the cycle, but we were particularly dismayed by memory voltage adjustments that top out at 2. Only the top edge between the CPU socket and the rear IO is a concern, with a row of capacitors and coils close to the socket.
Some of the fastest current memory requires 2. We were more than a bit surprised, however, to find the uneven range of adjustment options on the K8N-E. It’s certainly easier to use than the older systems which required a switch, and can be accessed from both the top and bottom.
While 6 SATA connections are nice, you will see in our overclocking tests that this arrangement makes serious overclocking with a SATA drive all but impossible. Asus did not include any chipset voltage adjustments at all on the K8N-E, a feature that many will miss.
If you need to connect a floppy, make sure that you pay close attention to the location of the floppy in your case compared to the Chiipset. Manufacturers have heard our complaints, yes and the quality of sound and features has certainly gone up! Frequent readers of PCStats know that I have ripped a lot of older onboard audio codec’s for sapping too chpset CPU power and providing low quality audio.
Normal computer users on the other hand couldn’t care less. Socket Roundup, Part 3: The nForce3 GB chipset gets passed off with a dead silent, totally passive heatsink that is kind small.
ASUS K8N-E – motherboard – ATX – Socket 754 – nForce3 250Gb Series
Except for the inadequate memory voltages available, the overclocking controls are OK, if not noteworthy. Fortunately, the capacitors are on the short side, making it likely that most big overhanging asys will clear the caps.