Asus M2N68 PLUS
Released December, 2009
The Pros:Works well with older parts, good compatibility. Setup is pretty simple, doesn't need anything special done in the BIOS. Mounts in a typical tower easily, nice mounting points.
The Cons:Not capable of working with higher-end CPUs, can only supply so much wattage to the slot. No overclocking functions available in the BIOS. Need to be careful of the top corner of the PS2 connector, prone to getting grounded up there depending on the case design.
The Asus M2N68 PLUS is a budget motherboard with support for lower end AM3 CPUs, such as the AMD Sempron 100, Phenom II, and Athlon II. It uses the nVidia nForce 630a non-SLI chipset, meaning it does not have any integrated video, and does not support multiple nVidia GPUs out of the box.
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Integrated into the BIOS are Asus EZ Flash, which allows users to upgrade the BIOS without starting an operating system and without a floppy disc and Asus Q-Fan, which auto-adjusts fan speed based on temperature, along with several other environmentally friendly energy-management functions. Unlike most newer motherboards, the M2N68 PLUS still uses DDR2 RAM, albeit the fastest 1066MHz version.
- AMD AM3/AM2+/AM2 processors
- ATX form factor
- NVIDIA nForce 630a chipset
- 2 x DIMM, Max. 8 GB, DDR2 1066*/800/667 ECC,Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory
- 1 x PCIe x16
- 1 x PCIe x1
- 4 x PCI 2.2
- 4 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports
- 1 x UltraDMA/PATA IDE port
- nVidia MediaShield fake-RAID
- Gigabit LAN
- Realtek ALC662 6-Channel High-Definition Audio CODEC
- Optical S/PDIF out port at back I/O
- 10 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (6 midboard, 4 backpanel)
- ASUS Q-Fan
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
- ASUS AI NET 2
- ASUS MyLogo 2
- 1 x PS/2 Keyboard
- 1 x PS/2 Mouse
- 1 x COM port
- 1 x Parallel port
User Reviews (1)
works well with older parts, good compatibility
setup is pretty simple, doesn't need anything special done in the BIOS
mounts in a typical tower easily, nice mounting points
originally priced low and can be purchased even cheaper now, great value
not capable of working with higher-end CPUs, can only supply so much wattage to the slot
no overclocking functions available in the BIOS
need to be careful of the top corner of the PS2 connector, prone to getting grounded up there depending on the case design
difficult to get support from the manufacturer on this board
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