Asus A7N266-C in the test: The nForce 415-D now also without graphics

Asus A7N266-C in the test: The nForce 415-D now also without graphics

Scope of delivery and documentation

That alone outside The considerable weight of the box made us hope that the scope of delivery would be full before we even examined the contents. The inspection of the contents could only confirm our first impression shortly afterwards. The colorful packaging contains:

  • A7N266-C
  • 1x ATA100 cable
  • 1x floppy cable
  • USB slot bracket
  • ATX bracket
  • Manual
  • Quick Step Guide (+ Quick Reference Card)
  • Driver CD (PC Probe, Asus Update, PC-Cillin 2000)
  • ACR-A6CH card
  • Replacement jumper
Scope of delivery
USB cover

A standard scope of delivery for a brand mainboard, if it weren't for the plug-in card with the cryptic name 'ACR-A6CH'. With the help of this card for the 'Advanced Communications Riser' Asus leads the rich variety of audio inputs and outputs of the MCP-D to the outside. The usual sockets on the mainboard are omitted, which also explains the additional replacement cover for the PC case. In addition to a digital output, the connections include a microphone input, audio-in, outputs for the front and rear channels and for the center loudspeaker. Installation went smoothly and controlling the card should be a breeze, even for less experienced buyers. Audio samples revealed a crystal clear sound and good 3D sound in Quake3Arena. The only downer: the ACR slot is 'shared' with the fifth PCI slot. With the card inserted, only four of these are available.

ACR-A6CH map
ATX connectors
Device manager view
Audio control panel

As is typical for Asus, the documentation is of a very high level. Whileone can still argue about the statement of the content-wise rather poor but multilingual Quick Step Guide, the English manual impresses with excellent information. The ability of the nForce to address RAM in the dual-channel process is also clearly explained. The INF table, which provides information about the 'sharing' of the slots, is available as well as detailed information on installation and configuration.



Asus A7N266-C

  • Form factor
    • Socket A ATX (30.5cm x 24.5cm)
  • Processor
    • Supports AMD Athlon (XP) and Duron
    • Automatic CPU detection
    • 200/266MHz system bus
  • Chipset
    • nVidia nForce 415-D chipset
    • SPP Northbridge (passively cooled)
    • MCP-D Southbridge
  • RAM
    • 3x 184 pin DIMMS (DDR RAM)
    • Supports PC1600/2100 DDR RAM with 2.5V
    • Maximum memory size: 1.5GB
  • Expansion slots
    • 1x AGP Pro 4x slot
    • 5x 32 bit PCI slots
    • 1x ACR slot
    • 3x fan connections (monitor capable )
    • 2 IDE ports (UDMA 33/66/100)
  • External connections
    • 1x parallel port
    • 2x serial ports
    • 6 USB ports (2x internal, 2x via slot cover, 2x optional)
    • 1x game port
    • 1x microphone in
    • 1x Center Out
    • 1x Front Out
    • 1x Rear Out
    • 1x S/PDIF digital output
    • 1x Line in
  • Bios
    • 2MBit Award Bios
    • Multiplier can be manipulated in the Bios
    • Front side bus can be manipulated in 2-3MHz steps in the BIOS (100-172MHz)
    • CPU voltage adjustable on board (1.70-1.85V)
    • Vimm voltage adjustable on board (2.5-2.7V)
    • Trend® ChipAway Virus (TCAV)
    • AsusCOP
  • Special features
    • Dual-Channel Support (128Bit)
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 Decoder
    • Realtek RLT8100 LAN controller (optional)
  • Other functions
    • Keyboard Power-On, Suspend To RAM
    • Wake-On-LAN, Wake -On-Modem

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