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09-22-2006, 06:10 PM
<P><STRONG>http//www.asus.comASUS</A></STRONG> has launched a new motherboard for Intel's Core 2 Duo platform which looks very interesting in several ways. The card is based on NVIDIA's nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition chipset and there is no doubt that NVIDIA is in focus. ASUS is namely going out strong with the support for Quad SLI with its P5N32-SLI Premium/WiFi-AP motherboard but it is just one out of many features with this board. The standard specifications for ASUS such as 8-phase power supply and completely passive cooling is a given. As the name implies it has also integrated wireless network support. The sound is handled by a external SupremeFX sound card with support for 8 channels, but the perhaps most interesting is the number of graphics card slots.</P><P>ASUS P5N32-SLI Premium/WiFi-AP namely comes with three PCI Express X16 ports and it is not for running three regular graphics cards in a multi monitor configuration. In its press release ASUS namely claims that the third port is dedicated for NVIDIA's dedicated physics acceleration card.</P>
<P><EM>"The motherboard incorporated three PCI Express x16 slots (two for SLI-ready dual-GPU graphics cards and one reserved for Nvidia's Physics card) to enable unparalleled graphics performance and gaming realism."</EM></P>
<P>Since NVIDIA doesn't have a card for dedicated physics acceleration this is a very interesting statement. Whether NVIDIA is going for its own PhysX solution with a dedicated physics accelerator is something we will be able to tell you more about later on. ASUS P5N32-SLI Premium/WiFi-AP looks like a very interesting motherboard on paper and should be available soon costing about $275.</P>
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