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Asus K8N-E Deluxe Socket 754 Motherboard

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: Asus

Physical Examination

The layout of the Asus K8N-E Deluxe is very clean thanks to nVIDIA's single chip architecture - gone are the days of separate Northbridge and Southbridge chips, at least for nVIDIA. This reduces the complexity of the motherboard layout drastically and is reported by nVIDIA to improve the overall performance by reducing latency.

Starting with the socket, we see that the area is largely clear except for a row of capacitors. Compared to the old Asus A7N8X-E socket A motherboard, the K8N-E's capacitors are further away (10mm away compared to 6mm) and the capacitors themselves are 5mm shorter than the 25mm capacitors used on the previous Asus A7N-E. This should give wider support to after-market coolers and easier installation. The cramped socket area was one of my complaints of the A7N8X-E when I last reviewed it and I'm glad Asus has improved on this drastically.

The socket is clear. Those capacitors are lower profile than typical too!

The location of the ATX power header is in an awkward location. Though it is in the best position to not inhibit airflow around the CPU, it may make installing and removing hard drives difficult depending on the size of your case as it did in mine.

The ATX power connector blocks removal of the IDE drives.

There are two SATA connections located between the AGP and the socket. This may be an odd location, but it distinguishes which SATA connections belong to the nVIDIA 250Gb MCP and to the SiL 3114C. The other four SATA connections are toward the bottom of the board and is contolled by the SiL3114C chip.

The SiL3114C controller is one of two SATA controllers
on the Asus K8N-E Deluxe!

If you are using a large cooler on your video card, you should be aware that there is no gap between the AGP and the first PCI slots. You will block this PCI slot off when installing your AGP card with an over-sized cooler.

Asus has always focused more on value and reliability rather than overclocking, so it's no surprise to see a passive cooler on the MCP chip. If cooling your MCP for overclocking is a concern of yours, then you will either have to strap on a fan or get an after-market cooler (that Thermalright NB-1C Lee reviewed looks amazing).

Asus' motherboards have kept with using jumpers longer than most other manufacturers. Thankfully, the K8N-E Deluxe has caught up to the rest of the market by having only USB power-on and CMOS reset jumpers. The CMOS jumper, however, is in a poor location - it's bunched together with another jumper in an inaccessible corner of the motherboard. This makes it hard to get at when you need to do a quick reset, especially if you have large fingers. I assume Asus did this because their CrashFree BIOS 2 is supposed to help prevent any need to clear a CMOS in the first place, but from what I've read, many people still need to do the jumper-switch from time to time.

The CMOS jumper is awkwardly located.

There are 3 fan headers on the motherboard (chassis, power supply, and CPU. This should be enough for most of you, but some enthusiasts may find this too little.

The backpanel is very well appointed with every useful connection you need. Not only does it have your typical legacy and USB connections, there is also an IEEE 1394 port, and two SPDIF outputs (coax and optical). Unlike some other Asus motherboards, there is only one LAN connection on the Asus K8N-E Deluxe which I think is a small price for having the Firewire port on the back.

March 24, 2014 | 01:48 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)


can someone help me?
when i on the pc i cant see anything on the monitor, i just hear 3 beeps like beep bep bep. i dabble check everything like ram hard drive and the graphety card they are all good.


May 20, 2014 | 05:08 PM - Posted by 3ds12 (not verified)

Search for the motherboard that you use,
Go to the info page about the pcb(pc motherboard) like the datasheet or manual.

Then search for the beep (bios) codes and then you can understand what the pc is trying to tell you.

If you don't know what it is you can also search for it

Mostly it is the RAM.

I'l now tell you a rare fact.
Just pull the processor all the ram and plug and sticks out your pcb, and then plug it back in, one by one...
That fixes cases like this mostly of the time.

Couse, maybe you have a loose cable or have one plugged in wrong. So check where the certain wire and stuff suposed to be plugged in.

If this did not help you,
A really good reason is a RAM error. as i said first of all.
- Is the RAM in the certain socket (most pcb's does not need to plug the RAM into a certain socket
- Try Another pair of RAM sticks... (The RAM sticks could be broken becouse of, Oldness, quality or damage)
- Is it the RAM that you need, you have different sorts of RAM, like speeds (DDR1,2,3, etc..) Or frequenty (1600, 1500 etc...)

so check the datasheet or manual included with the motherboard or online...

I hope this helped you!

P.S. And yes, my name is not 3ds12. Thats my gaming name
My dad gave me a Nintende 3ds when i was 12! so that is why 3ds12!! :D

December 8, 2014 | 12:16 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I had the exact same thing when i upgraded the 3 dimms of 3x1GB ram. You need to unplug the graphic card and then put it back; that's what fix it for me.

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