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ASUS Unveils its Most Powerful DirectX 10 Motherboard

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  1. alexp999

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    ASUS is proud to announce an exclusive partnership with NVIDIA in the creation of the most powerful DirectX (DX) 10 motherboard—the ASUS P5N7A-VM motherboard. A showcase of intelligent and innovative motherboard design, the P5N7A-VM features an LGA775 socket for Intel Core 2 Extreme / Core 2 Quad / Core 2 Duo processors and supports the GeForce 9300 / nForce 730i chipset and memory expansion of up to a maximum of 16 GB with four DDR2 800/667 dual channel memory slots. With support for Hybrid SLI, CUDA and PhysX graphics acceleration, the P5N7A-VM promises to be the most powerful DX10 motherboard in the consumer market today.

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    The Most Powerful DX10 Solution
    The P5N7A-VM boasts a wide range of VGA connection options such as HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI, and RGB, which means that it is ready for future digital upgrades.Coupled with NVIDIA's Hybrid SLI technology, users can utilize entry-level VGA card and still obtain a great increase in graphics performance of up to 70%+*.

    CUDA or Computer Unified Device Architecture uses parallel processing of both the processor cores in the GPU and CPU to perform general-purpose mathematical calculations. This results in a faster data transfer path between the GPU and CPU, and also a significant increase in the performance of tasks traditionally handled by the CPU alone.

    The PhysX processor is a dedicated physics processor that delivers unprecedented immersion and onscreen action that is impossible to reproduce on just CPUs and GPUs alone. By incorporating the PhysX technology, gamers will be taken to a completely new level of gaming interaction with enhanced realism for explosions, flying debris, liquid flows, water splashes and wind-affected movements. With more than 150 games that can now feature complex characters, objects and environments that will fully interact with the user in real-world ways and in real-time, users will experience believable and engaging gameplay that changes every time they play the game.

    Latching onto the latest trend, the P5N7A-VM's DisplayPort interface delivers higher performance and improves digital display connectivity. Even more cutting-edge DisplayPort enhancements are already underway to facilitate digital applications. With the P5N7A-VM, users can be one step closer to the forefront of the digital entertainment world.

    ASUS-exclusive Features for Convenience, Energy Efficiency and Longer Durability
    The P5N7A-VM incorporates the ASUS Express Gate, which only takes 5 seconds** to go online from bootup without entering Windows, providing users with a suite of excellent entertainment options without the typical long wait. It also utilizes the ASUS' exclusive EPU technology to control four major components: the CPU, VGA card, hard disk drives, and the CPU cooler/system fan, to calibrate the best possible settings to ensure the best system-wide power management. The P5N7A-VM is also equipped with a 5000-hr VRM (Voltage Regulator Module) design based on 100% high quality Conductive Polymer Solid Capacitors that are 2.5 times more durable than conventional capacitors. With such high quality components, users will be able to attain higher power efficiency, better stability, quieter operation and lower temperatures to ensure stability and reliability under heavy loading and overclocking.

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    * With 8400GS or 8500GT GPU
    ** Actual boot time is subject to hardware configurations and product models

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    it'll be an interesting board if i upgrade my LAN rig. Using the onboard for Phsyx would make it quite useful.
     
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    Express gate would be awesome on a HTPC, if it worked with RAID lol.
     
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    why the heck would you need RAID for a media PC? network storage ftw!

    And... express gate can handle media? i thought it was purely a nbrowser/IM feature
     
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    Can browse Pictures. and on some mobos it can also play music.
    And it can handle all files, downloading etc, just cant always open em.
     
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    if i could make it handle MKV/264 files....

    i'm getting a new media PC board tomorrow, with express gate. i'll see what ican do.
     
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    I know peoples have hacked the Image file and added stuff to it. I just wish they released a PDF viewer for it :(
     
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    Lol na, RAID fast small drives, for faster boot times. (E.g., four 2.5" 7200 hd's)
     
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    does this board have a physx processor or does it use the onboard 9300 card for that if you set it to that?
     
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    Onboard 9300 can be used as gfx, hybrid gfx or the physx processor. So, the 9300 would be that dedicated physx processor.
     
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    Looks like a nice little board, I'll definitely start considering it for my budget builds. It would definitely make a great LAN rig thanks to the onboard 9300 which I would use as a PhysX processor and put a powerful graphics card in the PCI-E slot.
     
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    Reckon it would be cheap?

    The current ASUS Intel m-ATX around here (G45) which is basically the same thing with intel onboard is like $210 lol. The G43 is also pretty expensive at $150.
     
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    I'm sure somebody could come up with a linux distro that could fit on that space.
     
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    Here, the ASUS 630i board is only $69.99, since this board is the replacement, I don't expect it to be that much more.

    Comparing the price on the Intel based board to nVidia based boards isn't a good way to judge price. Intel's chipsets requires a more complicated, and more expensive, board design than nVidia's. The G45 boards still require a seperate southbridge to run the SATA controllers, and a seperate IDE controller, both greatly complicate board design. The nVidia chipset has all that in a single chip.
     
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