Nel mondo dei computer stanno prendendo sempre più piede gli HTPC, ovvero quelle soluzioni orientate all'intrattenimento multimediale abbinate ad un televisore LCD o Plasma Full HD ed ad un impianto audio di qualità.

Questi ultimi due componenti necessitano di determinate caratteristiche da parte dell'HTPC per essere sfruttati nel modo più opportuno. Nella scheda madre Asus P5N7A-VM possiamo trovare una buona base di partenza per costruire un HTPC di qualità.


Asus P5N7A-VM: formato uATX, socket 775 1 

Asus P5N7A-VM


Eccovi una tabella riassuntiva delle caratteristiche:


CPU

Intel® Socket 775 Core™2 Quad/Core™2 Extreme/Core™2 Duo/Pentium® D/Celeron dual-core/Celeron Processors Compatible with Intel® 05B/05A/06 processors
Support Intel® 45nm CPU
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology ready


Chipset

NVIDIA GeForce 9300/nForce 730i


Front Side Bus

1333/1066/800 MHz

Memory

4 x DIMM, Max. 16 GB, DDR2 800/667 Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory
Dual Channel memory architecture
*When installing total memory of 4GB capacity or more, Windows® 32-bit operation system may only recognize less than 3GB. Hence, a total installed memory of less than 3GB is recommended.

Slot di espansione

1 x PCIe x16
1 x PCIe x1
2 x PCI

VGA

Integrated GeForce 9300 GPU
Hybrid SLI support (support Windows Vista only)
CUDA support
PhysX support
Maximus shared memory of 512MB
Integrated GeForce Series DirectX 10 Shader Model 4.0 graphics processor
Supports HDMI interface with HDCP compliant with max. resolution up to 1920x1200 (1080p) @70Hz
Supports DVI interface with HDCP compliant with max. resolution up to 1600x1200 @60Hz
Supports D-Sub with max. resolution up to 2048x1536, Horizontal:115KHz Vertical:75Hz
Supports DP with max. resolution up to 2560x1600 @60Hz

Storage

Southbridge
5 xSATA 3 Gb/s ports
1 xExternal SATA
Support RAID 0,1,0+1,5,JBOD
JMicron® JMB368 PATA controller
1 xUltraDMA 133/100 (RED)

LAN

Gigabit LAN

Audio

Realtek ALC1200 8 -Channel High-Definition Audio CODEC

USB

12 USB 2.0 ports (6 ports at mid-board, 6 ports at back panel)

Caratteristiche speciali

EPU-4 Engine
Express Gate
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
ASUS Q-Fan 2
ASUS EZ Flash 2
ASUS MyLogo 2
ASUS O.C. Profile
AI NAP
ASUS Q-connector


Overclock

Precision Tweaker
- vDIMM: 64 -step DRAM voltage control
- vCore: Adjustable CPU voltage at 0.0625V increment
SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection)
- FSB tuning from 133MHz up to 600MHz at 1MHz increment
Overclocking Protection
- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)

Porte I/O Back Panel

1 x PS/2 KB/MS Combo
1 x Optical SPDIF
1 x DP
1 x HDMI port
1 x VGA port
1 x DVI port
1 x ESATA port
1 x LAN (RJ45) port
6 x USB 2.0
8 Channel Audio I/O

Connettori I/O interni

3 x USB connectors support additional 6 USB ports
3 x Fan Connectors: CPU(1) / Chassis(1) / Power Fan(1) connector
Front panel High Definition audio connector
1 x S/PDIF Out connector
1 x Chassis Intrusion connector
1 x CD audio in connector
1 x 24-pin EPS Power connector
1 x 4-pin ATX 12V Power connector
System Panel

BIOS

8 Mb Flash ROM
AMI BIOS, Green,PnP,DMI v2.0,Wfm2.0,ACPI v2.0a, SMBIOS v2.5

Accessori

UltraDMA 133/100 cable
SATA cables
I/O Shield
2 in 1 Q-connector
User's manual

Software incluso

Express Gate
Drivers
ASUS PC Probe II
ASUS Update
Image-Editing suite
Anti-virus software

Form Factor

uATX Form Factor
9.6 inch x 9.2 inch ( 24.4 cm x 23.4 cm )