If a processor is considered the heart of a computer, then a motherboard must represent the veins and arteries. In either case you want a strong heart and free-flowing arteries for a healthy life. The same can be said for a computer where your system is only as good as the weakest link. After all, the features and specifications of a motherboard can greatly affect what video cards, processors, and memory your system is capable of running. Today we will be reviewing a motherboard manufactured by ECS
Elitegroup, a company that has been in the business since 1987. The particular model we will be reviewing today is being marketed as a motherboard for the computing enthusiast, the ECS PN2-SLI2+ (V1.0) nForce 680i SLI Motherboard.
As with all of our reviews here at Bigbruin.com, lets begin by listing the features and specifications of the ECS
PN2-SLI2+ (V1.0) nForce 680i SLI Motherboard.
|Core 2 Extreme
||With the Core 2 processor family, the extreme version gets a higher clock speed, larger caches and a faster FSB. The high-end processor features the latest arsenal of performance-rich technologies.
|| Supports the latest 1333MHz front side bus Intel ® Pentium ® 4 CPU
||Supports LGA775 Intel Pentium 4 Processor with HT Technology.
||Supports Ultra DMA 33/66/100/133 IDE devices, data transfer rate up to 133MB/s
||Double bus bandwidth which provides blazingly high disk performance, ensuring your computing experience will be faster, more reliable, and completely with current and future hardware and software.
|RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5
||Supports RAID 0 (Striped disk array), RAID 1 (Mirroring disk array), RAID 0+1 (A mirror of stripes), RAID 5 (Block Interleaved Distributed Parity). Provides users the performance and protection.
||Easy, safe and high performance over-clocking available for NVIDIA NFORCE. Performance wizards allow automatic tuning for optimal performance or the quietest operation.
|Core 2 Quad
|| The new Core2 Quad processor combines two dual-core chips in a single package that plugs into a single chip socket. It enables even more multitasking with greater performance.
||Supports a high transfer rate up to 1 Gigabit
|PCI EXPRESS x16
|| Delivers up to a 4x increase in graphics and 2x I/O bandwidth for smooth multimedia performance
|| Allows platforms to access more memory and larger files. Large memory intensive applications, such as audio and video encoding, complex engineering programs and games, can see dramatic performance increases.
|Dual Channel DDR2 800
|| Doubles the bandwidth of your system memory up to 12.8GB/s and pumps up the system performance.
||8 Channel High Definition Audio
This motherboard comes packed with many features sure to make an enthusiast happy. The ECS
PN2-SLI2+ supports the hugely popular Intel Core 2 Duo processors, along with all other socket 775 processors (even Core 2 Quad processors are supported). The board also supports SATA2 and comes with a built-in RAID controller allowing you to create RAID arrays in several configurations. Gigabit LAN (with two LAN ports) is also provided on this motherboard, as are three PCI Express slots (2 of which are capable of running modern video cards in SLI for increased performance). Of course this model also takes advantage of the latest memory technology with support for dual channel DDR2 800.