The nForce 590 SLI is Nvidia's flagship chipset, boasting several features that will appeal to both gamers and anyone tempted to play around with voltages and frequencies at a low level. There are also enough extras in the M2N32 package, such as the wireless networking module and a bundled microphone, to make it the motherboard to beat.

The board layout is excellent. It's quite a packed motherboard, with lots of features, but for the most part everything is accessible - the unconventional positioning of the memory slots helps. While the cooling fi ns for the heat pipe are a little on the large side, they're sensibly kept out of the way of the processor socket.

If you're looking for a fully featured motherboard, with ample connection options and space for upgrades, this has a tremendous amount to offer. It's really not too expensive either.