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Crème De La Crème: Special Edition 815 Boards and Useful Add-Ons

Asus CUSL2-C Black Pearl Plus IPanel

Board Revision: 1.04

BIOS Version: 1006A (February 27, 2001)

Thanks to the black color, the motherboard looks pretty cool. It comes with a total of six PCI slots, four USB ports, three DIMM sockets and AGP 4x.

Most of you already know the Asus soft setup, which allows setting FSB speeds between 66 and 166 MHz, several Vcore settings between 1.3 and 2.0 V and also the multiplier - even though most Intel CPUs come with a fixed multiplier and can only be overclocked by altering the FSB speed.

In terms of stability and performance, Asus is at the very top for many years now. The CUSL2-C Black Pearl fits perfectly into this image, as it is not only a technical delicacy, but even kinda appealing to the eye.

The Black Pearl Edition comes in a special black box. Inside it, we found a set of screwdrivers, a driver disc, several flat cables, a USB port connector for the USB ports 3 and 4 and two manuals. One quick setup guide in five languages, which is by far the best installation guide I've ever seen, and additionally the common Asus manual - this one is also as good as ever.