Ok I made a mistake, but people do make mistakes, now I’m going to tell you why I think you shouldn’t buy this motherboard. This is a cheap mb, about 85 $, its true there are cases when cheap motherboards turn to be good, this was not the case. The first impression a small box, few accessories (1 x SATA cable, 1 x IDE cable, 1 x FDD and the back panel).After I assembled all together ( the MB , Athlon 64 4400 dual core , 320 gb Western Digital SATA hard disk and 1 x 1 gb DDR2 800 Mhz) I started installing the os , everything ok.

M2N-E SLI socket Am2 motherboard

After the firs reboot I noticed the first problem, long boot time it wanted to install the OS from my boot cd, and the first problem appeared; although the bios settings were on Defaults when I tried to boot from cd it said something about “no disk installed” I had to do some research and found out that it was a problem caused by a setting in BIOS so I made the change from HDD acces mode “Auto” to “Large” and finally the Os setup started. The next problem didn’t take long to appear, on first reboot I noticed a long boot time about 2,5 mins, as a new generation computer I expected it to boot faster.

After that I had some problems with the drivers from Asus cd, I don’t remember exactly but some of the drivers had to be installed manually. And to say something about the motherboards performance the overall performance was categorized by me as slow, not a good impression. I have to say I did liked one of the motherboard features very much the ASUS Q-Connector which lets you connect really easy the USB and audio ports from the case to the motherboard. After a few days’ of testing because all of this happened I went back to the store and returned the MB in exchange for another motherboard which I will review later.

Here’s some of the Asus M2N-E SLI features that made me buy it:

  • Support AMD Socket AM2 CPU
  • NVIDIA nForce 500 SLI Technology
  • Dual channel DDR2 800
  • ASUS Q-Connector
  • NVIDIA SLI™ Technology
  • Fanless Design
  • Gigbit LAN

You can see the full specifications list at Asus M2N-E SLI website

I’m going to write a review for this motherboard because in my opinion is the best choice for an AMD socket 754 processor. Although the socket it’s become old and few people are buying it from stores it remains a reliable motherboard. I bought one 4 years ago and I have to tell you it made my life easier , 4 years of continuous usage with 0 problems , 0 bugs. From driver’s support to design is perfect. The UV design made this an interesting experience, the sockets and all the connecting cables are UV sensitive so I placed a UV neon inside the case (the case had window) that made the MB glow really nice.
The mb featured some Ez switches placed directly on the board for Power on and Reset, which is helpful when you are testing new components with the motherboard out of the case; 5 pci slots is more than enough for the home user, I only had an additional network card and a Tv tuner; the 8CH Audio (Dolby 7.1, 8ch supported) sounded really good on my Logitech 5.1 Z-5500.On the performance side DFI has built a solid reputation with the LANParty series designed for overclockers and gamers.


Anyone looking for top performance and the best overclocking capabilities should include DFI on they’re shopping list. I never tried to overclock my system it was enough for me with the default setup (Amd Athlon 64 3200+ 754 socket , LAN PARTY UT nF3 250Gb , 2 x 512 ram PC3200 and 120 gb Seagate Sata II hard disk).Next here’s a list of the motherboards features :

  • 8CH Audio (Dolby 7.1, 8ch supported)
  • Gigabit LAN (with nVIDIA Gigabit Ethernet)
  • nVIDIA Firewall (Embedded hardware firewall)
  • 100%Japanese Capacitors
  • Brand New Genie BIOS
  • EZ-on / EZ-touch on board power switch
  • UV sensitive slots

You can get full specifications list at LAN PARTY UT nF3 250Gb site. If I had to choose the best motherboard from the ones I’d seen and tested this is the one. On present day I use my system listed above as a personal server where I test Debian Linux scripts and software packages.

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