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Asus' M2N-E motherboard is targeted towards overclockers that will sacrifice expensive components for the flexibility to tweak.

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Pros

Well priced for decent components

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Best non SLI board out there (2007-08-24)

5 agree

A lot of overclocking capabilities in the right hands

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One of the few M/B's that has a 4X PCI-e Slot, great for RAID 5 Cards

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Cons

Need the latest BIOS to fix many problems

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Requires a high level of technical expertise to maximize performance

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Tons of stability issues when modifying voltage values

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Asus' M2N-E motherboard is targeted towards overclockers that will sacrifice expensive components for the flexibility to tweak. As a result there are many features and software systems included that make adjusting voltage values, and various frequencies an open process. Furthermore, multiple BIOS configurations can be stored and reloaded depending on what kind of tasks you'll be performing. Reflashing the BIOS can be done through a USB memory stick precluding the need for a full BIOS replacement in case your BIOS gets messed.

When this board launched in the summer of 2006 there were many reported problems with stability and misleading marketing in regards to the amount of flexibility available with modifying the voltage. The latest BIOS updates (the latest being v1001) address many of the stability issues that can cause unpredictable reboots. However, some issues are hardware based, most notably the vDIMM setting is limited to 1.95V which is lower than the marketing material reports.

In general overclockers found that this board can work but requires a lot of care and a higher level of technical expertise than most people have. There are various "gotchas" when it comes to the voltage settings that can cause a wide variety of issues. If no overclocking is done, then most people found the board works without issue.

Full Specifications
Supported CPU
CPU Socket Type Socket AM2
CPU Type Athlon 64 X2 / Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64
FSB 1000MHz Hyper Transport (2000 MT/s)
Chipsets
North Bridge NVIDIA nForce 570 Ultra MCP
Memory
Number of Memory Slots 4×240pin
Memory Standard DDR2 800
Maximum Memory Supported 8GB
Dual Channel Supported Yes
Interface Slots
AGP Slots None
PCI Express x16 1
PCI Express x4 1
PCI Express x1 2
PCI Slots 3
Storage Devices
PATA 1 x ATA100 up to 2 Devices
SATA 3Gb/s 6
SATA RAID NV RAID 0/1/0+1/5 JBOD
Onboard Video
Onboard Video Chipset None
Onboard Audio
Audio Chipset ADI 1988
Audio Channels 8 Channels
Onboard LAN
Max LAN Speed 10/100/1000Mbps
Rear Panel Ports
PS/2 2
COM 1
USB 4 x USB 2.0
S/PDIF Out 1x Coaxial
Audio Ports 6 Ports
Onboard USB
Onboard USB 6x USB 2.0
Physical Spec
Form Factor ATX
Dimensions 12.0" x 9.6"
Windows Vista Certified
Features
Power Pin 24 Pin
Packaging
Package Contents M2N-E
User Manual
Driver Disk
Rear I/O Panel Shield
IDE/PATA Cable
FDD Cable
2 x SATA Cable
2 x Power Cable
Manufacturer Warranty
Parts 1 year limited
Labor 1 year limited
Post Review
Gt-d
08/28/2007 10:22

Bought this for our tertiary computer (only for gaming) got it as a budget m/b with good features. Runs great w/ our GeForce 8600 and a gig of DDRII 800 dual channel.

Jan
08/24/2007 12:27

according to a user review on newegg, onboard audio is not fully compatible with Vista. But that's Microsoft's fault...

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