Asus K8N-E Deluxe Socket 754 Motherboard

Source: PC Perspective Asus K8N-E Deluxe Socket 754 Motherboard
Let’s start out the motherboard review list with one by our very own Jonathan Hung.

“First would be the sheer amount of drive connectivity. There are 6
SATA connections, and 2 IDE channels for 4 IDE drives, so you can have a
total of 10 drives. Then there is the 8-channel audio, coax and optical
outputs, 8 USB connections, and Firewire built right into the back panel.
Finally, there is Gigabit LAN to round it out.”

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Asus K8N-E Deluxe Socket 754 Motherboard

Manufacturer: Asus Asus K8N-E Deluxe Socket 754 Motherboard

Introduction & Specs

The Asus K8N-E Deluxe has a lot of improvements over the previous A7N8X-E nForce 2 motherboard. But how does Asus’ latest Socket 754 board stack up against the VIA K8T800 or even its predecessor?

There seems to be more AMD options on the market than ever before and all in different stages of product life. Many of the motherboards we have reviewed recently here on PCPerspective have been the cutting-edge of consumer PC technology. But as great as these boards are, they are not that appealing to all consumers, especially to those who are looking to upgrade cheaply. These newer boards often require additional investments into more expensive CPUs, different RAM, or even a new PCI-Express video card.

The Asus K8N-E Deluxe we are reviewing today is an Athlon 64 / 754-pin socket motherboard that supports standard DDR 1 and AGP specs — so all your old hardware will work, and all you need is a 754-pin Athlon 64 CPU.

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Taking a quick glance at the packaging and specs, I can tell that the K8N-E Deluxe is going to be another great package from Asus. But with so many AMD options now available on the market, how does this particular board fit in with your plans? Let’s take a look and find out.


Asus K8N-E Deluxe


NVIDIA nForce3 250Gb

Bus Frequency

800MHz HyperTransport


DDR 200MHz – 400MHz

Memory Slots


Memory Capacity


HDD Controller(s)

1. nVIDIA Chipset: 2 x IDE, 2 x Serial ATA (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1, JBOD)
2. Silicon Image Sil 3114 controller: 4 x Serial ATA (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10, RAID 5, JBOD)


Realtek ALC850, 8-channel

Analog Audio Connectivity

(6) Front, Surround, Rear, Line-in, Mic, Center/Subwoofer

Digital Audio Connectivity

(2) Coax out, Optical out


Marvell Gigabit (10/100/1000 MB)

USB 2.0

8 connections (4x rear panel, 2x internal headers)

Firewire IEEE1394

2 connections (1x rear panel, 1x internal header)

Special Features

Q-Fan 2 fan control
Asus CrashFree BIOS 2
CPU Parameter Recall (“CPR”)
Instant Music
EZ Flash
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