Asus P5N-EM HDMI Motherboard


Hi you’re looking at the P5N-EM HDMI Micro-ATX Asus motherboard, this thing is sweet and i’ll tell you what it’s my number one pick right now for an HTPC build if you’re doing a dedicated media server or a little HTPC right next to your TV, this is probably my new favorite one for several reasons, first obviously being the cost. This thing is very affordable, and it’s got all of these great features, they’re going to let you build a great HTPC, it’s 9.6 by 8.2 inches, so it’s very small, the form factor’s actually called UATX, but it will fit in micro and, well, they’re both in micro-ATX motherboards. So it’s very small, now it brings a couple new technologies to the table, first of all let’s talk about HTPC stuff, which is going to be– first of all, the fact that it has a built-in HDMI port right there, so that’s extremely useful, it will decode and encode Blurays, so it’s going to be very, very good if you’re going to make a home-theatre PC because you don’t have to have a videocard and therefore you can have a slim case because there’s not going to be any other add-ons that are going to be popping up from the VGA slots, it pretty much is just going to go straight in there, you can put it in a really small case, it does have HDCP and Blu-ray/HD-DVD content support, so you will be able to stream those write-protected DVDs to your television and your Blu-rays, it’s also got built-in 7.1 channel HD audio by Azalia, which is going to be excellent, you don’t need to worry about getting an extra soundcard, you will have 7.1 channel, and the other important thing is, where’s it at, there it is– gigabit LAN because you’re definitely going to need that, it’s going to be on your network, you’re going to be sharing files with the rest of the TVs in your house or any other PCs you may have, so gigabit LAN is definitely something that you’re going to want to have. Now, this functions on the 630i chipset, now the 630i has been revamped on this board to accept some new technologies, first of all, it’s going to accept socket 775 45nm processors, so you’re not stuck to Q6600s, or the older stuff, this will do the 1333-megahert front-side bus, quads, and duals, so your Yorkfields and your Wakefields will work in here, you have three DIMMs that will accept up to four gigabytes of DDR2, and it does do the faster 1066-megahert memory, so that’s also a good thing, the onboard graphics on here- it’s the GeForce 7100, so that’s actually a great onboard graphics solution and it will allow you to decode those Blu-rays, make sure that they’re nice and clean, and that they look great, it does do a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1440 so that’s more than enough to do your 1080p HD stuff, you also have four SATA ports which are right over here, so you’ve got four SATA ports, those are 3G certified, not a problem, you also have your IDE and your floppy disk– sorry that’s your 24-pin power connector– so 24-pin power connector, you have IDE right here and then down here at the bottom you do have a floppy connection, you have up to ten USBs, six of which are on the board– where are they? Right there, right there, right there, and over here, and of course four on the back right there. Two and two, you’ll also notice that you have VGA and DVI outputs, this can pretty much be used for a monitor, and then these two are linked, you can’t run them both at the same time, but you can run these two at the same time or these two at the same time, no problem. So that’s definitely going to help you if you want to set up a dual monitor and then have your TV as a display, you also got PS/2s over here, and like I mentioned earlier your gigabit LAN and your 7.1 channel audio. So, great motherboard from Asus, it’s going to support all of the latest processors let me give you a quick tour of what’s in the box on here, floppy and IDE cables– i’m totally thrilled that they included those… you also get a SATA cable, kind of useful, and you get one of these 4-pin molex to SATA connectors, this is actually great if you want to reuse some old technology you have lying around, you might have an old 300-watt power supply from an old Dell or something, who knows? This might be perfect for you because it lets you use a SATA hard drive which it didn’t come with before it had the 4-pin molex, and this lets you convert it so you don’t lose that hard drive, it’s still useful, you get an input/output shield and you also get some software, you get an Asus sticker, badge for the front of your case, and this comes with Corel and Intervideo and some Symantec products, and then you get the driver disc for your GeForce 7100 as well as the motherboard, and last but not least you get this great little P5N-EM HDMI motherboard, which is included in the box, and i’ll tell you what there’s also a couple other specials that you’re going to get with this, you’re going to get a three-year warranty, which is actually pretty impressive for a motherboard, so it’s not very expensive but somehow they’re figuring out a way to cover you for three years of warranty, so that’s excellent for any motherboard, even for Asus which makes great products, another thing you’re going to get is Kaspersky Anti-Virus is going to be in the box with the motherboard, it’s actually on the disc that I already showed you, and if you need an anti-virus, that can save you $50 bucks from spending it on a product that’s probably not that good, Kaspersky is definitely one of the best, at least one of the top three, and if you’re thinking about Norton and McAfee, those are probably down here in the seven and eight section, so this is definitely much better and it’s included in the box, it’s bringing you pretty much up to date on the newer processors, the 1333-megahertz front-side bus, 45nms, you also get the on-board audio, the HDMI, the HDCP, so again, great HTPC motherboard here, it’s very small, it’s yellow, which is interesting, to say the least, and it’s a great board from Asus. So if you’re interested in making an HTPC, this is for you, if you have any questions on it e-mail me, and I will see you guys next time. The Asus P5N-EM HDMI Micro-ATX motherboard is available from the retailers listed here, or for more information you can type in A455-2852 into any major search engine. For ComputerTV, i’m Albert. (C) 2008 SYX Services, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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29 thoughts on “Asus P5N-EM HDMI Motherboard

  1. i have the new updated kaspersky and it dowsnt waste 2% of ram..is this version better cuz other programs aste a crap load of ram and do nothing

  2. if 1920 1440 is supported than 1920 1080 can definitely be set in windows. it supports every single resolution up to the max resolution

  3. this mobo is smaller than the the standard matx, would it still work in a case supporting matx or does it have a different mounting config

  4. hmm can anyone help me with this question im trying to buy this mother board and i really want a NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT on this board will it work?

  5. U LIKE a micro board???? u think HDMI onboard is good? Onboard video is one of the main reasons people think Vista runs badly! Plus Bluray on onboard? no thanks, same with HD TV tuners for the Media Centres u are reccomending it for… also, u like 3 RAM slots? u reccomend old 300W power supplys? u like problems that occur due to low quality power? and "Asus makes great products"???? u obviosuly don't sell them! Expect 30-40% of them to fail in 12 months or less… look at quality, not features!

  6. i bet logan would have had a tough time with this review definetly asus makes great high performance board but i would never use one for an htpc they run way to hot for htpc gigabyte is going to last longer

  7. if i have HDMI on my motherboard, as well as my Graphics card will i be able to use both, like the Graphics card connected to the monitor via HDMI, and the HDMI on the motherboard used to connected i dunno; phones,game consoles other devices ????

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