First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
ASUS P5ND2-SLI Deluxe
- Accepts wide range of processors, excellent performance, automatic overclocking, excellent connectivity,
- Nothing to speak of.
If you're thinking about building a high-end machine for gaming and intensive processing tasks, this board is a sure bet.
Price$ 399.00 (AUD)
The ASUS P5ND2-SLI Deluxe is a motherboard for Pentium 4 processors and is equipped to handle the latest and greatest components you throw at it.
It will handle 64-bit, Extreme Edition and even dual-core processors in its LGA775 CPU socket. In addition, it's also one of the few current Pentium 4 motherboards to support SLI.
This feature has been brought to the Pentium 4 platform courtesy of Nvidia and its nForce4 SLI chipset. The nForce4 chipset also delivers integrated Gigabit Ethernet, plenty of RAID solutions (RAID 0, 1, 0+1, JBOD and even RAID 5) and it also supports SATA2.
We tried the P5ND2-SLI Deluxe motherboard with several processors: Intel's Pentium 4 660 64-bit, 3.46GHz Pentium 4 Extreme Edition and Pentium Extreme Edition 840 dual-core. The board accepted all these CPUs without a hitch.
Our main test configuration during productivity and game testing included two ASUS N6600GT Extreme graphics cards in SLI configuration, one 80GB Samsung SATA drive and 1GB of 533MHz DDR2 memory, along with a Pentium 4 660 processor (3.6GHz).
This configuration achieved a score of 100 in PC WorldBench 5, which was one of the best scores we had seen at the time of testing from of a Pentium 4-based system. We also obtained a score of 6414 in 3DMark2005. Doom 3 testing (at 1280 x 1024 in high quality mode), returned an average frame rate of 123fps with SLI enabled, and 86fps with SLI disabled. Overall, gaming performance on this board was exemplary.
It's fair to say that if you purchase this board now you'll likely not need to upgrade for at least a few years. This is due to the board's wide CPU support, as well as its dual PCI Express 16X graphics slots, SATA2 support and also the fact that it can run DDR2 memory at up to 720MHz (with CPUs that support a 1066MHz frontside bus).
DDR2 667MHz memory is supported natively as well, with ASUS recommending Corsair memory for use with this board, especially if you plan to investigate its overclocking features--of which there are plenty.
It's also worth noting that this motherboard supports ASUS's AI NOS (Artificial Intelligent Non-delay Overclocking System), which automatically boosts a system's performance when a high workload is detected. We did record a slight gain in performance with this feature enabled. This is configured through a graphical interface in Windows, which also allows you to manually tweak your CPU settings.
As for connectivity, this board has everything from legacy ports to an external Serial ATA (SATA) port. Up to ten USB 2.0 ports and two FireWire ports are supported, and the package includes D-brackets with one FireWire and two USB 2.0 ports, respectively. A game/MIDI port is also included.
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GGG Evaluation Team
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.