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Tom's Socket AM2 Motherboard Summer Slam
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Manufacturer Asus Asus Biostar Foxconn
Internet Website www.asus.com www.asus.com www.biostar.com.tw www.foxconnchannel.com
Model M2N32-SLI Deluxe Crosshair Tforce 590 SLI Deluxe C51XEM2AA-8EKRS2H
Price in US-$ 200 240 195 $190
Revision 1.02 1.04 1.0
BIOS Version 0603 121 05/12/2006 612W1P23
Chipset
CPU Clock 2813 2813 2813 2813
Northbridge Nvidia nForce 590 SPP Nvidia nForce 590 SPP Nvidia nForce 590 SPP Nvidia nForce 590 SPP
Southbridge Nvidia nForce 590 MCP Nvidia nForce 590 MCP Nvidia nForce 590 MCP Nvidia nForce 590 MCP
Memory
Memory Sockets 4 4 4 4
Maximum RAM 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB
System Components
Piezo PC Speaker - - - -
PCIe Card Lock yes yes yes yes
Northbridge Fan optional optional yes yes
FAN Headers CPU, System (x6) CPU, System (x6) CPU, System (x2) CPU, System (x1)
I/O Components
Mass Storage Controller nForce 590 MCP nForce 590 MCP nForce 590 MCP nForce 590 MCP
Storage Ports 6x SATA/300, 1x UltraATA/133 6x SATA/300, 1x UltraATA/133 6x SATA/300, 1x UltraATA/133 6x SATA/300, 1x UltraATA/133
RAID Support 0, 1, 0+1, 5 0, 1, 0+1, 5 0, 1, 0+1, 5 0, 1, 0+1, 5
Secondary Mass Storage Controller Silicon Image SiL3132 Silicon Image SiL3132 - -
Secondary Storage Ports 2x SATA/300 2x SATA/300 - -
RAID Support 0, 1 0, 1 - -
Primary Network Controller nForce5 GbE nForce5 GbE nForce5 GbE nForce5 GbE
Secondary Network Controller nForce5 GbE nForce5 GbE nForce5 GbE nForce5 GbE
Parallel / Serial 1 (connector)/ 1 - / - 1 / 1 - / 1 (connector)
USB Ports (integrated / additional) 4 / 6 4 / 6 6 / 4 6 / 4
Firewire (integrated / additional) 1 / 1 1 / 1 1 / 1 1 / 2
Game Port - - - -
IR Connector - - - -
Expansion Components
PCI Slots 3x 32 Bit 3x 32 Bit 2x 32 Bit 2x 32 Bit
PCI Express x16, x16, x4 x16, x16, x4 x16, x16, x4, x1 x16, x16, x4, x1
Features
Temperature Monitoring yes yes yes yes
Fan Monitoring yes yes yes yes
Smart/Manual Fan Control yes / no yes / yes yes / yes yes / yes
Voltage Monitoring yes yes yes yes
Power-Up on... PS/2, PCI PME, RTC, external Modems PS/2, PCI PME, RTC PCI PME, WOR, RTC WOL, WOR, RTC
Power-Up after Power Loss yes yes yes -
On-Board Audio
Type High Definition Audio High Definition Audio High Definition Audio High Definition Audio
Chip SoundMAX ADI AD1988B SoundMAX ADI AD1988B Realtek ALC882 Realtek ALC882
Surround Support 7.1 Channels 7.1 Channels 7.1 Channels 7.1 Channels
Jackets 6x Jacks, SPDIF coax & optical out 6x Jacks, SPDIF coax & optical out 6x Jacks, SPDIF coax & optical out 5x Jacks, SPDIF optical out
Connectors 5x2 pin Front Audio, CD-in, SPDIF out 5x2 pin Front Audio, CD-in, SPDIF out 5x2 pin Front Audio, CD-in, SPDIF in & out 5x2 pin Front Audio, CD-in, SPDIF in & out
BIOS Details
Type Phoenix Phoenix Phoenix Award
Version / Date 0603 0121 05/12/2006 612W1P23 / 05/12/2006
Configuration
FSB Frequency Range / increments 200-425 MHz 200-400 MHz 100-500 MHz; increments 2 MHz 100-500 MHz; increments 2 MHz
Memory Frequencies 400, 533, 667, 800 400, 533, 667, 800 400, 533, 667, 800 400, 533, 667, 800
PCIe Clock 100-200 MHz; increments 1 MHz 100-200 MHz; increments 1 MHz 100-200 MHz; increments 1 MHz 100-200 MHz; increments 1 MHz
CPU Voltage 0.8V-1.5625V; increments 0.0125V 0.85V-1.85V; increments 0.0125V 0.85V-2.0V; increments 0.025V 0.375V-1.85V; increments 0.025V
Memory Voltage 1.8V-2.5V; increments 0.025V 1.85V-3.425V; increments 0.025V 1.95V-2.1V; increments 0.05V 1.825V-2.5V; increments 0.025V
Chipset Voltage - 1.2V-1.575V; increments 0.025V 1.55V-1.7V; increments 0.05V 1.25V-1.4V; increments 0.05V
Add-Ons
Cables 1x PATA , 6x SATA, 3x dual SATA Power, 1x Floppy 1x PATA , 6x SATA, 3x dual SATA Power, 1x Floppy 1x PATA , 4x SATA, 4x SATA Power, 1x Floppy 1x PATA , 6x SATA, 3x dual SATA Power, 1x Floppy
Additional Add-Ons Bracket with 2x USB; Bracket with 1x 1394a; Bracket with 2x eSATA and 1x Power; 1x WLAN Antenna; 1x Microphone, Chipset Fan Bracket with 2x USB; Bracket with 1x 1394a; 1x Microphone, Chipset Fan Bracket with SPDIF Out optical & coax Bracket with 4x USB; Bracket with 1x 1394a; 1x Com-Port
 
Manufacturer Gigabyte MSI Epox MSI
Internet Website www.gigabyte.com.tw www.msi.com.tw www.epox.com.tw www.msi.com.tw
Model M59SLI-S5 K9N SLI Platinum MF570 SLI K9A Platinum
Price in US-$ 190 130 140 -
Revision 0.2 1.0 1.0 1.0
BIOS Version F4 080014 06.08.01 V1.0B8
Chipset
CPU Clock 2813 2813 2813 2814
Northbridge Nvidia nForce 590 SPP Nvidia nForce 570 SPP Nvidia nForce 570 SPP ATI CrossFire Xpress 3200
Southbridge Nvidia nForce 590 MCP Nvidia nForce 570 MCP Nvidia nForce 570 MCP ATI SB600
Memory
Memory Sockets 4 4 4 4
Maximum RAM 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB
System Components
Piezo PC Speaker - - - -
PCIe Card Lock yes - yes -
Northbridge Fan - - yes -
FAN Headers CPU, System (x2) CPU, System (x2) CPU, System (x3) CPU, System (x2)
I/O Components
Mass Storage Controller nForce 590 MCP nForce 570 MCP nForce 570 MCP ATI SB600
Storage Ports 6x SATA/300, 1x UltraATA/133 6x SATA/300, 1x UltraATA/133 6x SATA/300, 1x UltraATA/133 4x SATA/300, 1x UltraATA/133
RAID Support 0, 1, 0+1, 5 0, 1, 0+1, 5 0, 1, 0+1, 5 0, 1, 0+1
Secondary Mass Storage Controller - - JMicro JMB363 -
Secondary Storage Ports - - 2x SATA/300, 1x UltraATA/133 -
RAID Support - - 0, 1 -
Primary Network Controller nForce5 GbE Vitesse VSC8601 Gbe Marvell 88E1116 Gbe Realtek 8111B PCIe Gbe
Secondary Network Controller nForce5 GbE Vitesse VSC8601 Gbe Marvell 88E1116 Gbe Realtek 8110S PCI Gbe
Parallel / Serial 1 / 1 1 / 1 1 (connector) / 1 (connector) 1 / 1
USB Ports (integrated / additional) 4 / 6 4 / 6 4 / 6 4 / 6
Firewire (integrated / additional) 1 / 2 1 / 1 - 1 / 1
Game Port - - - -
IR Connector - yes - yes
Expansion Components
PCI Slots 2x 32 Bit 3x 32 Bit 3x 32 Bit 2x 32 Bit
PCI Express x16, x16, x16(x8), x1, x1 x16, x16, x1, x1 x16, x16(x8), x1, x1 x16, x16, x1, x1
Features
Temperature Monitoring yes yes yes yes
Fan Monitoring yes yes yes yes
Smart/Manual Fan Control yes / no yes / no yes / yes yes / no
Voltage Monitoring yes yes yes yes
Power-Up on... PME , WOR, RTC PCI/PCIe PME , WOL, WOR, RTC PCI PME, RTC PCI/PCIe PME, RTC
Power-Up after Power Loss yes yes yes yes
On-Board Audio
Type High Definition Audio High Definition Audio High Definition Audio High Definition Audio
Chip Realtek ALC888DD Realtek ALC883 Realtek ALC883 Realtek ALC883
Surround Support 7.1 Channels 7.1 Channels 7.1 Channels 7.1 Channels
Jackets 6x Jacks, SPDIF optical out 5x Jacks, SPDIF optical & coax out 5x Jacks, SPDIF coax & optical out 5x Jacks, SPDIF coax & optical out
Connectors 5x2 pin Front Audio, CD-in, SPDIF in & out 5x2 pin Front Audio, CD-in 5x2 pin Front Audio, CD-in 5x2 pin Front Audio, CD-in
BIOS Details
Type Award AMI Award AMI
Version / Date F4 / 07/18/2006 080014 / 04/20/2006 06.08.01 / 08/01/2006 V1.0B8 / 08/05/2006
Configuration
FSB Frequency Range / increments 100-500 MHz; increments 2 MHz 100-425 MHz; increments 1 MHz 200-450 MHz; increments 1 MHz 200-400 MHz; increments 1 MHz
Memory Frequencies 400, 533, 667, 800 400, 533, 667, 800 400, 533, 667, 800 400, 533, 667, 800
PCIe Clock 100-200 MHz; increments 1 MHz 100-145 MHz; increments 1 MHz 100-145 MHz; increments 1 MHz 100-200 MHz; increments 1 MHz
CPU Voltage 0.8V-1.55V; increments 0.025V +0.05V-+0.35V; increments 0.05V -0,2V - +0.15V; 0,025V 0.8V-1.45V; increments 0.025V
Memory Voltage +0.1V-+0.7V; increments 0.1V 1.8V-2.45V; increments 0.1V 1.8V-2.5V; increments 0.1V 1.8V-2.3V; increments 0.05V
Chipset Voltage +0.1V-+0.3V; increments 0.1V - 1.5V-1.8V; increments 0.1V 1.8V-2.15V; increments 0.05V
Add-Ons
Cables board only 1x PATA , 4x SATA, 4x SATA Power, 1x Floppy 2x PATA , 2x SATA, 2x SATA Power, 1x Floppy 1x PATA , 4x SATA, 2x SATA Power, 1x Floppy
Additional Add-Ons board only Bracket with 2x USB; Bracket with 2x 1394a Bracket with 2x USB; Bracket with 1x 1394a

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    autorotation , July 22, 2009 7:59 PM
    ive had a headache with this board =/ didnt do my homework and bought a phenom x4 9600 and then found out its not compatible with this board =/ i also bought a evga geforce gts 250 512 mb card and it wont post on this board and i get no display, im assuming its just not compatible because i posted it on another board with a psu that was weaker than mine and it had a display. if anyone can shed light on my situation with this video card not posting on this board, would be great. as far as recommending this board, im not even sure its still in production, but i would not reccomend it. spend the extra cash and get a board that can handle a quad core and a modern gfx card. also the cpu fan mounting bracket had one of the tabs break off on me, so i had to get a new psu fan mount, so that gives you an idea of what high quality this board is anyways =/ plus i think i heard that epox went out of business.....
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    Anonymous , May 25, 2011 6:59 PM
    I bought two of these boards and both ended up with the same problem of a read-out of 4 red lights saying the processor is bad!Wrong!They are both fine and this is the worst board I have ever had!I will not be buying any more of MSI boards again!Still not sure what the problem is,but these are going straight to the trash!!!!