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The ASUS M2N-X is a budget motherboard targeted towards the enthusiast crowd.

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Decent feature-set for the money

9 agree

Budget board

8 agree

4 SATA ports

7 agree

S/PIDF (coax) digital audio out

4 agree

Compact size

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  • Only 3 words are allowed.

Only 2 memory slots

5 agree

Poor board layout (cramped IDE and SATA ports)

5 agree
  • Only 3 words are allowed.


The ASUS M2N-X is a budget motherboard targeted towards the enthusiast crowd. It's socket AM2 which makes it compatible with all the latest Athlon processors including the dual-core Athlon X2s.

One of the standout features of the board are the four SATA ports. These come at the expense of other ports as there is only one IDE port that gets in the way of the SATA ports. A RAID controller is built in. The built in Ethernet connector is only 10/100Mbps as opposed to the more popular gigabit Ethernet found on more expensive boards.


CPU Support AMD® Socket AM2 Athlon 64 / Athlon 64X2 / Athlon FX / Sempron
AMD Cool'n Quiet™ Technology
AMD64 architecture enables simultaneous 32-bit and 64-bit  computing
AMD Live!™ Ready
Chipset NVIDIA® nForce® 520 MCP (MCP65S)
Front Side Bus 2000 / 1600 MT/s
Memory 2 x 240-pin DIMM, support max. 4GB DDR2 800/667/533 ECC ,non-ECC and un-buffered memory
Expansion Slots 1 x PCI Express x16 slot
2 x PCI Express x1 slots 
3 x PCI slots
Storage 1 x Ultra DMA 133 / 100 / 66 / 33
4 x Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s
NVIDIA® MediaShield™ RAID supports RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5 and JBOD span cross Serial ATA drives
LAN 10/100 PHY
Audio ALC883-GR 6-channel High Definition Audio Azalia CODEC
S/PDIF out on back I/O port
USB Max.10 USB2.0/1.1 ports (6 on board & 4 on back)
Overclocking Features SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection): HT LINK frequency tuning from 200MHz up to 300MHz at 1MHz increment
ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
Special Features ASUS EZ DIY:
 - CrashFree BIOS2
 - EZ Flash
ASUS install
ASUS Fanless thermal solution (heatsink)
BIOS 4 Mb Flash ROM,AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI, WfM2.0, ACPI2.0a, SM BIOS2.3,CPU Multiplier
Manageability WOR by Ring, WOL/WOR by PME, Chasis Intrusion(option), PXE
Internal I/O Connectors 3 x USB 2.0 connectors support additional 6 USB 2.0 ports
1 x Floppy disk drive connector
1 x IDE connector for two devices
4 x SATA connectors
1 x CPU / 1 x Chassis
Front Panel Audio connector
24-pin ATX Power connector
1x speaker connector
1x CD audio in connector
System panel connector
4-pin ATX 12V Power connector
Back Panel I/O Ports 1 x PS/2 Keyboard port(purple)
1 x PS/2 Mouse (green)
1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Out port
1 x LAN (RJ45) port
4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
1 x Parallel(Printer Port)
6-channel Audio ports
1xCOM port
O/S Compatibility Windows Vista/XP/2000
Support CD Drivers
ASUS Update
NVIDIA MediaShield™ RAID
Anti-virus software (OEM version)
Accessories 1 x Floppy disk drive cable
1 x UltraDMA 133/100/66 cable
1 x Serial ATA cables
1 x 2-port Serial ATA power cable
1 x I/O Shield
User's manual
Form Factor ATX Form Factor, 12"x 7.6" (30.5cm x 19.3cm)
Post Review
06/20/2007 11:56

I got the M2N-E recently, it was quite cheap and is working quite well. ASUS is one of my favourite motherboard manufacturers... them and MSI

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