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Magic-Pro K7N-Ultra S nForce2 SPP Motherboard Review

Magic-Pro K7N-Ultra S nForce2 SPP Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: With the release of VIA's new KT600 chipset the nForce2 finally has some real competition to face up against.
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External Mfg. Website: Magic Pro Jun 12 2003   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Motherboards > Magic Pro MP-K7N Ultra S

Heatsink Clarences and Overclocking

Heatsink Clearances and Overclocking

It's a shame that the four mounting holes are gone because Magic-Pro did an excellent job at clearing the CPU socket of obstructions.

PCStats Heatsink Clearance Measurements
Top Clearance: 14 mm
Bottom (cam) Clearance: 11 mm
Left Side (arm) Clearance: 25 mm
Right Side Clearance 17 mm
Socket Mounting Holes: N/A
Max. Heatsink Base Dimensions: ~86x76 mm

Note: Approx. measurements are made from the edge of the socket (not the clips) to the closest obstacle taller than the ZIF socket itself.

The socket is 51mm across, and 62mm from top to bottom.

Installation of larger heatsinks like the Thermalright SLK-800 or Vantec AeroFlow is possible. It's a shame the mounting holes are gone.

Overclocking the MP-K7N Ultra S:

Because the Magic-Pro K7N-Ultra S is a budget motherboard we didn't really know what to expect from the board. Taking a peek at the Northbridge I noticed that the K7N-Ultra S was using the C1 based nForce2 SPP Northbridge; these chips are supposed to be known for hitting very high FSB's easily.

Dropping the multiplier to 8x, I began to raise the FSB. 200 MHz came and went easily but at 205 MHz FSB we began to run into a few problems.

I had to raise the voltage to my memory to 2.7V as well as the nForce2 Northbridge to 1.7V to stabilize things. Unfortunately the overclocking adventure was cut short at 211 MHz FSB. Raising the voltage to the memory to 2.8V didn't help, nor did raising the VDD voltage.

While this is not the fastest I have ever gone 211 MHz FSB, for a budget motherboard the results are pretty good. On a side note, it seems like the 1.8V VDD option doesn't work since even at stock speeds when the Northbridge is given 1.8V, the board fails to boot.

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Contents of Article: Magic Pro MP-K7N Ultra S
 Pg 1.  Magic-Pro K7N-Ultra S nForce2 SPP Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  — Heatsink Clarences and Overclocking
 Pg 3.  Checking out the BIOS
 Pg 4.  System Spec's and Benchmarks:
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Winbench 99, SiSoft Sandra 2003
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: PCMark2002, 3DMark2001SE
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Quake III Arena, UT2003
 Pg 8.  Not bad for a budget board

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