A Motherboard with Built-In Wi-Fi: ASUS A8V-E Deluxe

By Jason Cross  |  Posted 2005-05-05 Print this article Print

Review: ExtremeTech's ongoing reviews of Socket 939 motherboards took take a look at a true novelty—a board with integrated 802.11g Wi-Fi. Do the rest of the features and performance add up?

Plenty of nForce 4–based motherboards have come across our doorstep in the past couple of months, but we only recently got our hands on one of the newer PCIe, Socket 939 motherboards that uses VIAs K8T890 chipset. The Soltek SL-K890PRO turned out to be a decent motherboard for everyday users, but it failed our overclocking attempts and simply didnt offer the same level of performance as most of the nForce 4–based motherboards weve reviewed.
That was just one motherboard based on VIAs K8T890 chipset, though. Will another manufacturer fare better? Today we examine the ASUS A8V-E Deluxe, a new Socket 939 motherboard thats one of the first weve seen to offer fully integrated, motherboard-down 802.11g Wi-Fi. Will it have the same general problems with overclocking and speed that Solteks design did? Lets find out.
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Jason Cross Jason was a certified computer geek at an early age, playing with his family's Apple II when he was still barely able to write. It didn't take long for him to start playing with the hardware, adding in 80-column cards and additional RAM as his family moved up through Apple II+, IIe, IIgs, and eventually the Macintosh. He was sucked into Intel based side of the PC world by his friend's 8088 (at the time, the height of sophisticated technology), and this kicked off a never-ending string of PC purchases and upgrades.

Through college, where he bounced among several different majors before earning a degree in Asian Studies, Jason started to pull down freelance assignments writing about his favorite hobby—,video and computer games. It was shortly after graduation that he found himself, a thin-blooded Floridian, freezing his face off at Computer Games Magazine in Vermont, where he founded the hardware and technology section and built it up over five years before joining the ranks at ExtremeTech and moving out to beautiful northern California. When not scraping up his hands on the inside of a PC case, you can invariably find Jason knee-deep in a PC game, engrossed in the latest console title, or at the movie theater.


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