Motherboard Asus A8R-MVP

This one product that uses the ATI RD480 chipset or also known as the Radeon Xpress 200 Crossfire, and is intended for lovers of AMD socket 939 platform.

As is known, the chipset released by ATI is a response to SLI platform much earlier released by Nvidia. Even so, in terms of features and performance, of course, RD480 motherboard which is also aimed at power users or gaming segment is not less than the nForce 4 SLI version. In fact, in terms of price, its position under berchipset SLI motherboard. Let us discuss both these A8R-MVP.

As a socket 939 motherboard, of course Asus A8R-MVP supports all socket 939 processors AMD output, either single-core or dual core. The following technical specifications of the motherboard Asus A8R-MVP. In terms of appearance, nothing too unique in this series motherboards. At first glance, this motherboard layout similar to the A8N-SLI series, for example in the use of the heatspreader on the MOSFET, the placement holder processor and DIMM slots, power ports, and several other complementary components.

Equipment and Layout

In the sales package, ASUS is only included as standard equipment on most motherboards are two SATA cables and the power is, two ATA 100 cable and a floppy cable, I / O shield, manual, firewire cable and a USB port extra. Asus provides a metal plate on the back of the board, just below the socket holder 939. In addition to help the board when burdened by hook extreme heatsink fan that sometimes made the motherboard slightly curved, the plate can also help reduce board temperatures around the processor holder.

On the external panel on the back, in addition to providing standard ports such as a pair of ports PS / 2, each with a parallel and COM ports, audio ports, and RJ-45, you’ll find four USB ports, Firewire, and SPDIF output. For the network, ports are supported by chip utilizing Marvel 88E8001 PCI standard communication lines. SPDIF while it is controlled by the onboard ADI AD1986A 6-channel audio CODEC which are calculated for standard multimedia PC systems today.

To cool the chipset on the job, Asus provides each a heatsink without a fan on the northbridge and southbridge chips. Though a bit hot to the touch, but this passive cooling is sufficient to overcome the heat generated, proved no stability problems or crashes due to excessive temperature effects when we do a test. The surplus, in addition to more save power, use of these passive cooling would minimize the noise level to 0 decibels.

ULI M1575 southbridge chip that is used also to provide sufficient support for the media penyimapanan complete. Call it two IDE connections and four Serial ATA connection. This chip also supports the configuration of RAID 0, 1, 0 +1, 5, and JBOD.

For additional power supply, in addition to providing power connector 4-pin usual, on this motherboard is also Molex connectors that are characteristic of artificial Asus motherboards. For the memory voltage, the available options are also relatively enough to accommodate the wishes of the users who intend to do overclocking. Either start from 2.65v to 3.20v.

Similarly mengustomisasi option for memory performance. For those of you who like to experiment, quite a lot of options available to you play.

From the software side, Asus includes a four fairly useful utility that Asus Update to further facilitate the user when to update the BIOS, MyLogo to personalize the boot display, Cool and Quiet is a complementary feature thermal management and processor performance, as well as PC Probe II for monitoring temperature , voltage, and speed of the processor heatsink fan circles.

Installation and Testing

Here we use the testbed to test the Asus A8R-MVP:

    – AMD Athlon 64 3200 + (Winchester, 2000MHz)
    – Stock Cooling
    – X2 Kingston KVR400X64C25/512
    – GeCube Radeon X800 Mastercard 256MB
    – Asus Radeon X800 256MB (Crossfire Ready)
    – Antec Truepower 2.0 550W
    – Windows XP Professional SP1
    – DirectX 9.0c
    – ATI Catalyst 6.1

In addition, this motherboard test results we compare the test results Asus A8N-SLI which we could test some time ago. Testbed that we use the same as above. The difference is, the A8N-SLI motherboard that time we pasangi Sapphire Radeon X700Pro VGA, and use Enlight 420W power supply. Others same.

As usual, the installation process we go through smoothly without a hitch. Similarly, when we do CrossFire feature activation. There is no problem that we found by chance two graphics cards that we use, either master or slave card using the chip and the same memory capacity

If seen from the results of testing with Sysmark 2002, although the results ujinya good enough, but the performance was slightly below the motherboard Asus A8N-brother who had our SLI testing. Similarly, the results of the tests with PCMark 05. though testbed that we used relatively the same (just different VGA and power supply), the performance of Asus A8R-MVP is still slightly below the A8N-SLI.

ATI Radeon chipsets seem Xpress 200 Crossfire is relatively new is not maximized its performance compared to Nvidia chipsets, nForce 4 SLI is already very mature.

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