ASUS K8N CHIPSET DRIVER


This was more than a bit surprising, considering some of the excellent nForce 2 designs with an Asus name. IDE connectors are in our preferred upper right edge location, though Asus has placed the floppy connector on the bottom right edge of the board – a less desirable location in many case layouts. Perhaps this is a concession to the K8N-E appearing late in the cycle, but we were particularly dismayed by memory voltage adjustments that top out at 2. Log in Don’t have an account? Post Your Comment Please log in or sign up to comment.

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As you will see in our benchmark results, this lack of consistent OC controls with broad ranges is really a shame, since the Asus K8N-E is a fast board.

Asus is normally masterful in their board layouts, with careful attention to function and placement of board components. Asus did not include any chipset voltage adjustments at all on the K8N-E, a feature that many will miss.

Some of the fastest current memory requires 2.

ASUS K8N-E – motherboard – ATX – Socket 754 – nForce3 250Gb Series

Except for the inadequate memory voltages available, the overclocking controls are OK, if not noteworthy.

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This was more than a bit surprising, considering some of the excellent nForce 2 designs with an Asus name.

Fortunately, the capacitors are on the short side, making it likely that most big overhanging heatsinks will clear the caps.

All-in-all, the K8N-E is a really mixed bag, with some adjustments that are exemplary, and others, missing or downright crude.

While 6 SATA connections are nice, you will see in our overclocking tests that this arrangement makes serious overclocking with a SATA drive all but impossible.

Also, the HT range only extends to 4X in large 1X increments – a range to 5X like many competitors with finer 0.

ASUS K8N – motherboard – ATX – Socket – nForce3 Overview – CNET

Only the top edge between the CPU socket and the rear IO is a concern, with a row of capacitors and coils close to the socket. The K8N-E is typical Asus, which means that the layout is very good indeed. Sign up now Username Password Remember Me. The pin ATX connector and 4-pin 12V are almost ideal, since both are out of the way on board edges and do not need to be snaked over or around any components.

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ASUS K8N-E – motherboard – ATX – Socket – nForce3 Gb Overview – CNET

IDE connectors are in our preferred upper right edge location, though Asus has placed the floppy connector on the bottom right edge of the board – a less desirable location in many case layouts. Perhaps this is a concession to the K8N-E appearing late in the cycle, but we were particularly dismayed by memory voltage adjustments that top out at asjs.

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Chhipset Your Comment Please log in or sign up to comment. If you need to connect a floppy, make sure that you pay close attention to the location of the floppy in your case compared to the K8N-E. We were more than a bit surprised, however, to find the uneven range of adjustment options on the K8N-E.

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