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.
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
Excerpt: When purchasing an ASUS motherboard, consumers are not just paying for a brand name. ASUS' build quality is excellent and more often than not, the overall package and bundled features are also very valuable. Recently however we were let down by an overrated and overpriced ASUS product that did nothing else but sell a brand name. That product is no other than ASUS' flagship Striker Extreme .
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: Plánujete nákup procesoru Intel Core 2 Duo, a nevíte do jaké základní desky jej „posadit"? Tak vám snad tato malá preview výběr ulehčí. Pro současnou platformu Intel je o něco více možností výběru čipových sad, než pro současnou platformu AMD, což nám rozhodně výběr nezjednodušuje. Pokud plánujete nákup nějaké výkonnější verze procesoru Core2 Duo , tak by byla škoda jej osadit do nějaké nic moc "low-endové" základní desky.
Conclusion: La ASUS P5N-E SLI es una tarjeta madre para entusiastas que buscan una buena placa por un precio accesible y claro que tenga soporte para los nuevos procesadores con bus de 1333mhz (Actualización de BIOS requerida al menos en la revisión que tengo), Memorias DDR2 de 800 y Tenga Soporte SLI.
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...