Again we'll take a closer look at the technology behind this in the pages ahead.
But let it be known unequivocally now, we LOVE board revisions. We'd rather a manufacturer get their product right, out of the gate (and likely, so would they) but when a board revision means taking an already impressive product and making it better, it's sort of like a Tech Editor's nirvana; fewer headaches in testing, more performance, better features and usability. Let's take a collective look at the new Asus A8N SLI Premium and help you decide if it's better than its predecessor the A8N SLI Deluxe.(B) upgrading the CPU and memory and adding a RAID card to this motherboard.The downside of trying to replace the motherboard is that I've never done it - and while I'm reasonably technically proficient on the software side - I only know enough to be dangerous on the hardware side.Wait, that's what end users are interested in too, isn't it? So, Asus did what we've been hoping many others in their competitive arena would do, take what is an already killer n Force 4 SLI for AMD based design and make it better. "Deluxe", "Premium", it all sounds good but is the second gen product better? A quick take at the above specifications versus those of the Deluxe version of the A8N SLI, show a few major differences to an otherwise very similar configuration.First, Asus' new "AI Cool Pipe" technology has been incorporated into the design, offering completely silent operation, at least at the motherboard level. Second Asus has refined their dual PCI Express SLI Graphics approach with a jumperless and software/BIOS configurable solution, that no longer requires you to pull out and flip around a PCI Express configuration PCB in between the slots.As is standard with most high end boards from Asus, the A8N SLI Premium comes packed with cables, additional USB, Firewire, SATA and other IO expansion brackets along with an Asus motherboard only keyed version of Inter Video Win DVD Suite.