The A8N-E has a no nonsense, all performance attitude. This motherboard is designed to take in AMD Socket 939 CPUs, PCI Express graphics cards SATA 2.0 devices, and dual-channel memories. On top of all these, ASUS has also offered AI NOS and Precision Tweaker for the users to crank up performance even more! If words like speed and power are relevant to you, then look no further, here it is - A8N-E.
Supports AMD Socket 939 Athlon 64FX/Athlon 64
A8N-E supports AMD 939-pin Athlon 64 FX/ Athlon 64 processors with 1MB/512KB L2 cache which is based on 64-bit architecture. It features 2000/1600 MT/s HyperTransport Bus and dual-channel un-buffered DDR400 memory support.
NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra
NVIDIA nForce™4 Ultra deliver unmatched PC security and unbelievable PC performance. Get it all: PCI Express for AMD platforms and cutting-edge features including SATA 3Gb/s and NVIDIA nForce Security – protection from spyware and hackers. NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ensure maximum PC performance while futureproofing your PC for demands of tomorrow.
PCI Express Architecture
PCI Express is the latest I/O interconnect technology that will replace the existing PCI. With a bus bandwidth 4 times higher than that of AGP 8X interface, PCI Express x16 bus performs much better in applications such as 3D gaming. The PCI Express x1 interface creates new usages on desktop PCs e.g., TV tuner, 1394b, and high-speed RAID systems.
A8N-E supports next-generation SATA hard drives based on the new SATA 3Gb/s storage specification. Furthermore, the chipset has two dedicated SATA controllers delivering more scalable performance and doubles the bus bandwidth for fast hard drive data retrieval and saves.
The nFORCE4 chipset incorporated four Serial ATA and two parallel connectors with high performance RAID functions in RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1 and JBOD.
Precision Tweaker is designed for serious overclockers. It offers ways to raise system performance inch-by-inch and step-by-step to achieve maximum performance! This is about getting the most out of your machine, and taking pride in your customized computer. Precision Tweaker provides overclocking options for all major parts of the system: CPU, Memory, PCI-Express, and Front Side Bus.
vDIMM: Take control of how much power is going into the memory modules. ASUS gives you 9-step voltage control to the DIMM
vCore: Find out "exactly" how much power your CPU needs. Fine-tune it with 0.0125 volts at a time
PCI-Express Frequency: Explore the frequency options of your PCI-Express graphics carD.
SFS: SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection) allow FSB tuning from 200MHz up to 400MHz at 1MHz increments.
Boost performance when you need it the most! Applications such as 3D games and video editing demand a huge chunk of system resource. Inject "nitrous oxide" into your CPU! The patented AI NOS™ (Non-delay Overclocking System) technology intelligently detects system load and automatically boosts performance for the most demanding tasks. Unlike other dynamic overclocking techniques, AI NOS™ reacts much faster to satisfy your unending need for speeds.
PEG (PCI-Express Graphics) Link lets you to raise GPU and VGA memory throughput via the motherboard BIOS the same way system bus and memory bus are tweaked. ASUS engineers carefully fine-tuned the parameters for PCI-Express cards to provide system stability during high-speed graphics operation. Furthermore, with two PCI-Express slots, the A8N-E is able to activate PEG Link on both graphics.
ASUS AI NET2 remotely detects cable connection the second you turn on the system, and any faulty connections are reported back up to 100 meters at 1 meter accuracy.
NV ActiveArmor enhances network security while delivers the highest system performance by offloading CPU-intensive packet filtering tasks in hardware. NV Firewall provides professional-grade traffic inspection capabilities, instanton protection, advanced management features and is easy to use and setup via a user friendly wizard.
AI Audio (8-channel Audio)
A8N-E has eight channels of audio output with Coaxial and optical S/PDIF connector designed to maximize your auditory experience. AI Audio also provides "Jack Sensing" and "UAJ" functions. "Jack Sensing" automatically detects and notifies user of any inappropriate connection. "UAJ" function enables both input and output functions each jacks, thus eliminates the confusion of Line-in, Line-out and Mic jacks once and for all!
ASUS Q-Fan technology intelligently adjusts both CPU fan and chassis fan speeds according to system loading to ensure quiet, cool and efficient operation.
Universal PCI-E Slot
The ASUS Universal PCI-E Slot gives the users freedom and flexibility on the utilization of the PCI-E interface. With Universal PCI-E Slot, user is able to plug in an additional PCI-E graphics card to have dual VGA on a single motherboard! This special design supports up to 1GB/s in bandwidth, and it will also take in most of the PCI-E devices out there!
Max. 10 USB 2.0 ports supports
USB 2.0 is the latest connectivity standard for next generation components and peripherals. Backwards compatible with current USB 1.1 peripherals, USB 2.0 delivers transfer speeds up to 40 times faster at 480Mb/s, for easy connectivity and ultra-fast data transfers.
The multi-language BIOS allows you to select the language of your choice from the available options. The localized BIOS setup menu helps you configure your system easier and faster.
ASUS CrashFree BIOS2
The CrashFree BIOS2 feature now includes the BIOS auto-recovery function in a support CD. Users can reboot their system through the support CD when a bootable disk is not available, and go through the simple BIOS auto-recovery process. ASUS motherboards now enable users to enjoy this protection feature without the need to pay for an optional ROM.
S/PDIF-out on Back I/O Port
This motherboard provides convenient connectivity to external home theater audio systems via an optical or coaxial S/PDIF-out (SONY-PHILIPS Digital Interface) jack. It allows to transfer digital audio without converting to analog format and keeps the best signal quality.
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I picked up this board as an exchange for an ASRock S939 board that caused nothing but headaches. From the start the A8N-E has worked flawlessly. For gaming it's probably not the best choice but for my purposes - general productivity, surfing etc - it's almost perfect. The onboard audio is limited but that's to be expected so I did install a decent audio card. Also because I need as silent and reliable a PC as possible I replaced the chipset fan with a heatsink.
I bought this motherboard a week ago along with a new HDD (WD Raptor X 150gb and a Geforce7950GT) and I must say, it's working great. The only thing I am having a hard time is with my Sound Blaster X-FI Gamer. It is a know issue by creative and Asus with that particular motherboard and there is no ETA on a fix. Other that that isolated case, it is a recommanded motherboard !
Known heat sink problem that Asus will not fix nor replace the part for you. I had to order my own heat sink replacement and install it my self. Other then that, I love the motherbaord. I have been using it for over 2 years will enough other hardware attached to it with no problems other then the one with the heat sink.
Excellent motherboard for the price, well laid out, easy install. excellent variety of software included. I/O shield was difficult to install but other than that excellent mono for an athlon 3800+.
This is my second build with this board. Stable, easy set up,good overclocking abilities. Both builds were with 3700+ and run very fast for single core. I replaced the chipset fan before I installed the motherboard as from experience with the stock fans they are chainsaws. I used the evercool and the vantec iceberq for replacements. Both retaining tabs had to be ground down in order to clear capacitors and fan header..happy so far
My friend bought this board for his new system and it worked great. Right out of the box it worked, all the drivers for the SATA hard drive were there and the install was flawless. Board is a great board, I've had the A8N-SLi which is the big brother to this board. ASUS also has a great warranty even if your chipset fan dies, which it shouldn't, they'll replace it free just call them.
Honestly, this was maybe the second system I put together. Board is great, I have a lot of space around my 1900XTX, which is a pretty big card. I've have no issues whatsoever yet. Works great. The only downfall of this board is that the older bios versions don't support AMD X2 dual core chips. For the most part, these aren't being made for S939 anymore anyway.
Like most Asus boards this unit installed, posted and booted up to Windows MCE just like it's suppose to do. I installed an Opteron 144, 2 x 512 OCZ Platinum EL 2/3/2/5 memory, Seagate 320gb 7200.10 SATAII drive and a 7600 GT OC graphic card. My last 939 build was with as Asrock motherboard that required the installation of it's SATAII controller drivers during the Windows install, so not needing to do that with the A8N-E was nice. Although, the speed of the same Seagate HDD was a bit faster on the Asrock board.
The onboard sound seems to be very good, although I didn't have it hooked up to a good quality speaker system, so that verdict is not in yet.
Bought this board about a week ago, installed it with ease. Secondary IDE port doesn't work though. Caused a few headaches since my IDE HD was bluescreening and couldn't reinstall windows because I couldn't hook up a IDE HD and cd-rom at the same time. Good thing my roommate had a Raptor just lying around. Returning and I am now buying a SLI Premium and another 7600GT for SLI. Good entry mobo but I would recommend getting a mobo that supports sata2 and SLI.
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