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Asus M2N-MX SE Plus

The Asus M2N-MX SE Plus is compatible with AMD processors with the Socket AM2+ socket.

It has 4 GB DDR2 maximum RAM and conforms to the UTX form factor standard.

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Asus M2N-MX SE Plus

help iconCPU SocketSocket AM2+help iconGraphics Card InterfacePCIe v2.x
help iconCPU Compatible MakeAMDhelp iconSLI Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU ChipsetGeForce 6100/nForce 430 help iconCrossfire Support1 graphics cards
help iconRelease Date04 Nov 2008help iconOnboard GPUyes
help iconForm FactorUTXhelp iconPCI Slots
  • 1 x PCIe x16 v2.0
help iconMax RAM4 GB DDR2help iconSATA 1.02
help iconRAM Slots2 x DDR2help iconSATA 2.00
help iconMemory Channels2help iconSATA 3.00
help iconCompatible RAM Speeds
  • DDR2 533 MHz
  • DDR2 667 MHz
  • DDR2 800 MHz
  • DDR2 1066 MHz
help iconRAID Supportyes
help iconUSB 2.0 Internal Slots4help iconInternal I/O
  • 1 x 24 pin power connector
  • 1 x 4 pin power connector
  • 2 x fan header
  • CD/DVD drive connector
  • System Panel Connection
help iconUSB 2.0 Rear4help iconBack Panel I/O
  • Display Port">Display Port
  • 1 x parallel port
  • Line In Connector
  • Line Out Connector
  • Mic In connector
  • Audio Input Output
  • 1 x LAN connector
  • PS/2 keyboard connector
  • PS/2 mouse connector

Asus M2N-MX SE Plus compatibility review

The Asus M2N-MX SE Plus uses the AMD Socket AM2+ CPU socket. Any compatible AMD CPU will have the same socket entry. It uses the aging DDR2 memory type, with maximum speeds of up to 1066 MHz, and 2 DDR2 slots allowing for a maximum total of 4 GB RAM. DDR2 memory is exceptionally out of date, and considering how cheap DDR3 RAM is, using a motherboard with only DDR2 compatibility in a modern system build would be a very bad idea.

Released on 04 Nov 2008, the Asus M2N-MX SE Plus is now over 12 years old, which means it is extremely out of date and is based on very aged technologies. This motherboard will be dwarfed in performance by its modern counterparts, and will likely have very little support from Asus.

The UTX, or uATX form factor is analagous to the Micro-ATX form factor. The UTX Asus M2N-MX SE Plus should fit into all ATX cases, but its smaller size allows you to downsize your system build as a whole. Its size comes at the cost of features, so there are likely to be far fewer connections and expansion options available than in a larger motherboard.

The Asus M2N-MX SE Plus supports onboard graphics. This allows for integrated graphics when paired with a compatible CPU that supports them. Integrated graphics are a cheap alternative to using a graphics card, but should be avoided when frequently using modern applications or games that require intense graphical processing. There are 1 PCIe x16 slots on this motherboard. This means it is perfectly capable of accommodating the latest graphics cards, although it is important to try and use a graphics card with the same graphics card interface of PCIe v2.x, as anything below will not reach the motherboard's potential, and anything above will have its performance slashed to the bandwidth maximum of the Asus M2N-MX SE Plus's PCIe v2.x. The Asus M2N-MX SE Plus does not support multiple graphics cards via Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire.

The Asus M2N-MX SE Plus has 8 USB 2.0 slots but no USB 3.0 slots. While USB 3.0 slots are so far by no means necessary, and with a plethora of USB 2.0 peripherals to choose from, the USB functionality on this motherboard should be fine. If planning on building a new system, a motherboard with USB 3.0 is likely to have a longer life cycle, however.

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