So, what do we think about the Asus P5N-E SLI? It was just fantastic to work with! The layout was basically fine and easy to work with. The bundle is a little weak, but with the price tag attatched to this board, there was not much to be expected. At the time of this writing, you can find the board for as little as $149.99 plus shipping over at Newegg.
One thing that should not be overlooked as we finish this review is the fact that this board, though not directly compared to a 680i board in this review, has performance capabilities that we have seen in the 680i, but at a fraction of the cost. Why would you go and spend nearly twice the price on a board that will not perform much better, if any better at all? Our answer: you shouldn’t. Grant it, there are a few features that you can find on the 680i boards, that are not available in the 650i, at least not natively. Time will tell if more boards with the 650i chipset will include any added features that make it even more comparable to the 680i. We will be looking at a 680i motherboard here in the near future and will be sure to include it in the charts to compare performance across the board.
Legit Bottom Line:
Asus has produced a fantastic board in the Asus P5N-E SLI. it is a board that performs as good as anything else out their in our testing, but goes way beyond anything we have seen yet in the area of overclocking. If you are looking for a great enthusiast board, with very little headaches to setup and overclock well, and you do not want to mortgage the house for the 680i series, this board is it. It is a 680i killer! This board is certainly worthy of receiving our Editor’s Choice award!