The Asus M2N-MX SE PLUS is a µATX form factor PCI Express motherboard.

  • PCIe x16
  • PCIe x1
  • PCI (two)

There are 2 memory slots supporting 4 GB of DDR2-1066 memory. The motherboard uses the NVIDIA 430 chipset and features the integrated NVIDIA 6100 graphics.

  • USB2 (4 ports, 4 mid-board)
  • Ethernet 100BASE-TX
  • Parallel
  • Serial
  • PS/2 (keyboard and mouse)
  • Realtek ALC662 Audio (6 channel, S/PDIF)

The IO shield is relatively basic. Serial and parallel were long ago assimilated by USB. Mice were quick to adopt USB, printers were close behind. Keyboards lagged by comparison.

We used this board to repair a machine that had a dead motherboard. AMD is widely favored as motherboards and processors are affordable. This board leveraged the integrated graphics with Windows XP to reduce power consumption.

While this board is the smaller µATX form factor, we installed the M2N-MX SE PLUS in a standard ATX chassis. ATX chassis have better ventilation than µATX.

We used an AMD Athon64 X2 4200+ 65W (Brisbane) processor with the board which provided a good platform for 64-bit Windows. This board is AM2+ which supports the new Phenom X4 processors.

We used a single stick of 2GB DDR2 memory for the system. Larger DDR2 4GB sticks never fell in price much before being replaced with lower cost DDR3 which is widely available 2 years later. We experienced issues using more than a single high capacity DDR2 DIMM.

The PCI Express x16 slot is blocked by the SATA headers which complicates the use of longer video cards such as a single GTX 260

We have angled SATA cables which are designed to cope with the problem of vertical SATA. The EIDE headers are angled so they are less of a problem if needed. With one EDIE and 2 SATA ports this board is still transitional from to full SATA. PCI with additional SATA ports are readily available if additional ports are needed.

The integrated 6100 graphics are obsolete. 309.08 WHQL for Windows 8 is available for the integrated graphics.

The PCI Express slot however does afford the choice of using a discrete card. The Asus EAH5450 512MB is a low cost card that makes Windows 7 run well with its HDMI capability and a 1920×1080 screen. The EVGA GT 640 also runs on the board fine and its being better supported for Windows 10 compared to the Radeon card or the integrated graphics.

This board can make do with a Pentium IV ATX PSU with 350W of power. Ideally it should have at least 20A of 12V to support the CPU. Additional 12V current will be needed for the video card if it uses PCI Express cables. It was not for many years before energy efficient power supplies became more widely available.

Overall this smaller form factor motherboard is fine for many users. The PCI Express slot provides the opportunity to use a display adapter and use it for games. Equipped  with a full set of connectors makes this board suitable for most upgrade  and repair scenarios.

This machine was used generally for social networking. Likely the ATX chassis with the front and rear fans was able to keep this board cool enough for it to last longer.

Corsair AX1500i 1500 Watts ATX 12V/EPS 12V Power Supply with Titanium Efficiency CP-9020057-NA