ASUS N4L-VM DH – a micro-ATX motherboard Intel 945GM chipset with ICH7-M DH
- Intel 945GM chipset with ICH7-M DH
- Dual-channel DDR2 667MHz support
- Intel Gigabit LAN
- Integrated Intel GMA 950 graphics
- Realtek ALC 882M audio codec
- 2x SATA with RAID 0, 1
- 2x SATA2 with RAID 0, 1
- 1x external SATA
The N4L-VM DH is certified for Intels Viiv technology, but surprisingly, doesnt seem to be able to deliver quite enough to be a true media PC. With the integrated GMA 950 graphics, the board is unable to decode high definition H.264 in hardware, which should be on the list of any new PC with a focus on home theater experiences. However, those who are concerned with audio will be happy to know that the N4L-VM DH supports Dolby Digital Live, which allows the motherboard to output a Dolby Digital 5.1 signal. This has been a highly requested feature ever since NVIDIA first launched its SoundStorm enabled nForce chipset several years ago. The board uses a Realtek ALC 882M codec for audio duties, which is able to output an impressive 192kHz/24-bit signal on all 8 channels (analog).
Even with the compact size, the Intel Viiv-ready and Windows MCE-compatible N4L-VM DH comes with robust multimedia features. The TV Out connector embedded on the motherboard provides a gateway to view memorable digital media on big screen such as LCD TV, while the ALC 882M 8-CH high definition audio with S/PDIF Out completes the experience for overall audible pleasure with Dolby Master Studio. Additionally, with the purchase of ASUS R-DVI-ADD2 card, DVI output is made available for the finest viewing solution.
Supporting both Core Solo and Core Duo processors, as well as the latest memory technology, audio technology, the N4L-VM DH may be the right product for those looking to start a good home theater PC. For those who are looking for more serious video performance, one of the recent PCI Express products from ATI or NVIDIA will have to be used. Those who are content with the onboard graphics can purchase ASUS R-DVI-ADD2 board, which will provide DVI output for full digital output
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