Conclusion: Those of you that read our MSI GD-65 review will recall a couple of things that Gary highlighted as needing improvement. First of all, sleep mode recovery at higher BCLKs not working on the GD-65 (190 BCLK and over). We're happy to say the Trinergy does not share this trait. S3 sleep mode recovered all the way to 215 BCLK (manual overclocking) for us on this board, which is as high as anyone will likely need it to work.
Excerpt: Nvidia's newly launched nForce 680i SLI for Intel's Core 2 processors is undoubtedly the most lavish, extravagant, and exiting chipset currently on the market. This chipset, which we recently looked at in depth with our review of the high-end Asus Striker board, features such features like DDR-1200 memory support, triple PCI Express x16 sized slots, 16 x 16 SLI support, and it's designed specifically for the ultra high-end gamer.
Pros: Low Price, Solid Feature Set, Great Overclocking With Little Effort, SLI Support, 680i Class Performance Levels
Cons: Unstable Shipping BIOS, Basic 6-Channel Audio, Chipset Can Get Excessively Hot
Summary: ASUS P5N-E SLI is a terrific pick for the average user looking for a mainstream socket LGA775 motherboard supporting the new 1,333 MHz bus, DDR2-800 memories and SLI.
Bringing SLI, four SATA-300 ports, two FireWire ports, an eSATA port and coaxial SPDIF output soldered on the motherboard – plus an outstanding overclocking capability –, P5N-E SLI has everything Average Joe needs.
Summary: Of the two motherboards we've looked at today, the Striker Extreme easily has the most to prove. Not only is the Striker Asus' flagship Core 2 motherboard, it's also the single-socket board we've ever tested. Fortunately, it's also the most luxurious. The port cluster LCD display and temperature probes are great, we love the onboard buttons, and the layout is superb as long as your CPU cooler fits within the confines of the ornate chipset and VRM cooler assembly.
Nvidia nForce 650i SLI Chipset and only $130: ASUS P5N-E SLI Mainboard Review
9 March 2007
Summary: Together with the expensive nForce 680i SLI chipset Nvidia started shipping better value core logic sets for Intel Core 2 processors. Today we are going to review one of the first mainboards on nForce 650i SLI designed by ASUS.
Pros: Good performance, Can overclock the FSB almost to 500MHz, Can overclock system memory independently, Appealing price
Cons: Chipset and the CPU voltage regulator are not cooled enough, A FSB hole from 400 to 450MHz, Faulty PCB design, Six-channel integrated audio
Conclusion: Knowing this I was interested in learning what features or options had been removed from the P5N-E SLI to allow for such a large price drop. However, after comparing the boards side by side on the desk and in the BIOS, it is clear that very little has been sacrificed when creating the P5N-E SLI. While the boards look physically different and also utilize different Nvidia chipsets, they deliver almost the exact same performance.
Conclusion: Apart from the high priced motherboards for enthusiasts, ASUS also offer very affordable solutions for entry level users. The Asus P5N-E SLI is one of those solutions and comes at a retail price of around €150, making it very appealing indeed. This board is based on nVidia's 650i chipset and while it was slightly slower overall compared with the nVidia's 680i LT based motherboard, we were quite happy with its performance.
Excerpt: Chipset nForce 650i SLI, costo d'acquisto non proibitivo e sistema di raffreddamento completamente passivo per questa scheda madre adatta all'abbinamento con processori Intel Core 2 Duo e Core 2 Quad. Fra le caratteristiche di spicco ottimi margini di overcloccabilità e prestazioni allineate alle soluzioni...