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ASUS P5NSLI nForce 570 SLI Motherboard Pictorial Review
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Introduction

ASUS is one of the leading manufacturers of motherboards, both in quality and in quantity. They are famous for their reliable, feature-packed motherboards with impressive bundles and performance.

Although ASUS has always been known for their cutting-edge (and pricey!) motherboards, they also cater to those on more restrictive budgets.

Today, we will be taking a look at their latest motherboard based on the NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI chipset - the ASUS P5NSLI motherboard.

Let's start with a look at the NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI chipset!

 

NVIDIA nForce 500 Series MCPs

The nForce 500 series is currently NVIDIA's top chipset solution for the Intel LGA775 platform. It consists of two MCPs (Media and Communications Processors) - the higher-end nForce 590 SLI and the nForce 570 SLI.

 
NVIDIA nForce
590 SLI
NVIDIA nForce
570 SLI
Target Segment
Enthusiast SLI
Performance SLI
Processor Socket
Intel Socket 775
Intel Socket 775
Processors Supported
Intel Core 2 Extreme
Intel Core 2 Duo
Intel Pentium D 9XX
Intel Pentium D 8XX
Intel Pentium 4
Intel Core 2 Extreme
Intel Core 2 Duo
Intel Pentium D 9XX
Intel Pentium D 8XX
Intel Pentium 4
Intel Celeron D
NVIDIA? SLI? Technology
Yes
Yes
FSB (MHz)
1066 MHz
1066 MHz
DDR2 Memory (MHz)
667 MHz
667 MHz
PCI Express Lanes
48 Lanes
20 Lanes
PCI Express Links
9 Links
5 Links
PCI Express Slot Configuration
x16, x16, x8,
x1, x1, x1, x1, x1, x1
x16, x16, x8,
x1, x1, x1
Number Of SATA/PATA Drives
6 SATA
2 PATA
4 SATA
4 PATA
SATA Support
3 Gb/s
3 Gb/s
RAID Support
RAID 0
RAID 1
RAID 0+1
RAID 5
RAID 0
RAID 1
RAID 0+1
NVIDIA MediaShield Storage Technology
Yes
Yes
NVIDIA Gigabit Ethernet Connections
2
1
NVIDIA FirstPacket Technology
Yes
Yes
NVIDIA DualNet Technology
Yes
No
NVIDIA nTune Utility
Yes
Yes
USB Ports
10
8
PCI Slots
5
5
Audio
HDA (Azalia)
HDA (Azalia)

The nForce 570 SLI is basically a "lite" version of the nForce 590 SLI, with fewer PCI Express lanes and links. It also dropped support for RAID 5 support, and the NVIDIA DualNet technology for a lower price.

Instead of 6 SATA and 2 PATA drives, the nForce 570 SLI supports 4 SATA and 4 PATA drives. The nForce 570 SLI also comes with support for two fewer USB ports than the nForce 590 SLI.



 

 
   
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