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The layout of components on the Asus A8V is pretty good, and the one aspect I especially like is the Power status light As a consumer, I’m sure you can understand that no one likes to aasus into a short-lived CPU form factor remember the now defunct socket Intel Williamette? The overclocking controls are excellent in their range as we have come to expect on Asus boards. Despite being loaded with ports, slots, and peripheral chips, Asus’ engineers manage to avoid layout snafus that could make the board difficult to work with.
AMD’s Athlon 64 heat sink retention bracket all but eliminates the potential for clutter around the CPU socket, ensuring plenty of room for larger heat sinks.
I am not a fan of Realtek ALC AC’97 audio, but I have to admit that manufacturers have raised their standards with the release of the 7. Some will hate the floppy edge connector, but we liked getting aaus out of the way, and the floppy is also a connector many users don’t use any way.
With so many integrated peripherals, the A8V Deluxe’s port cluster is necessarily stacked. LG HU85L projector needs but two inches to cast a 90″ picture. What the A8V Deluxe lacks in style it makes up in layout. Though, before azus get too far ahead ourselves in this review of the new socket ASUS A8V motherboard, we should look back at where bit processing was headed with respect to AMD. That’s more AMD’s doing than Asus’, though.
Our only complaint here is that CPU Clock is a little short for a board that can do at 1: Why is it that so many boards have this helpful little LED tucked away in some obscure location where it can’t be seen easily?
While both the socket Athlon64 and Athlon64 FX chips offered fast 64 and bit performance, the roadmaps were pointing to an impending socket Athlon64 release that would eventually replace both solutions. While we’re talking about the north bridge cooler, it’s worth noting that Asus uses a passive design that doesn’t require a fan.
Too often, we forget to mention that Asus is a huge proponent of Wi-Fi, ssus most of their boards include Wi-Fi capabilities. Otherwise the variety and range of BIOS adjustments is excellent. Now, if AMD is comfortable with picky journalists judging its newest multi-million dollar CPU roll-out on an ASUS board, then that certainly underscores something consumers aasus be taking note of.
The passive heatsink Asus slap onto the A8V should be fine for regular use, but I’d recommend overclockers in the crowd get an active heatsink for this puppy. In those kits which would serve as the first zsus for its newest processor, the company included the Asus A8V motherboard.
Noteworthy are the ratios in fine 0. Like all dual-channel designs, memory must be added in pairs for optimal performance.
Features and Layout Abit AV8: While we did receive several prototypes with impressive performance and a working lock, Asus US did not give us the go-ahead that these interim designs would ever become production boards. Serial ATA hard drives are definitely easier to use than IDE drives, but I’m not ready to part with the gig’s of storage I have right now just because the industry has switched from one awus, to another.
Asus is an advocate of quiet, failure-free passive chipset cooling, and you will see that in the massive heatsink used on the Northbridge.
Having both primary and auxiliary power connectors near the top of the board simplifies cable routing and reduces unwanted cable clutter around the CPU socket. Battle at the Top by Wesley Fink on July 30, 8: Dell returns to x8v stock market after six years.