AnandTech reviews the new P5N32-E SLI Plus "hybrid" motherboard from Asus. This board features a NVIDIA nForce 650i chipset, it's available for about $185 and has support for dual x16.
The board is designed to compete against reference nForce 680i based motherboards from other manufacturers.
What we basically have is the ASUS hybrid design offering the same features as the 680i SLI chipset at a price point near that of the feature reduced 680i LT SLI setup. This leads us into today's performance review of the ASUS P5N32-E SLI Plus. In our article today we will go over the board layout and features, provide a few important performance results, and discuss our findings with the board. With that said, let's take a quick look at this hybrid solution and see how well it performs against the purebreds.
You can read the review of this motherboard at AnandTech. After six weeks of testing the reviewer writes ASUS has done a superb job on this motherboard and praises the board for offering 680i SLI-like features at a very competitive price. He says the cheaper 680i LT SLI chipset took some wind out of ASUS's sails but that the board offers the best overall combination of features, quality, and performance in a 680i level board for under $200.
One of the only issues is the overclocking performance. Extreme overclockers may want to skip this board as real 680i motherboards are able to deliver higher FSB speeds. However, he also mentions the overclocking performance should be just fine for the casual overclocker.