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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

Not bad for a budget board

While the Magic-Pro K7N-Ultra S is not the highest performing nForce2 motherboard we've ever tested, or the most luxurious, it does offer quite a bit of value considering its low price and features. Retailing for just $155 CDN ($100 US), the Magic-Pro K7N-Ultra S is ideal for those of you who are looking for a vanilla "performance" motherboard.

From all the benchmarks you can clearly see that the K7N-Ultra S performs on par with the reference Epox 8RGA+ at stock speeds. That's good considering the Epox 8RGA+ is one of the faster nForce2 mobo's on the market. Those of you who are into overclocking may want to look elsewhere for a motherboard as the K7N-Ultra S was only able to hit 211 MHz FSB with a C1 nForce2 Northbridge.

The yellow PCB is certainly different and those of you with window's in your case will certainly like that. While most other nForce2 motherboards only use passive cooling on the Northbridge, Magic-Pro does one better and not just uses an active cooler. They also use plenty of thermal paste.

The K7N-Ultra S is not quite as user friendly as other motherboards on the market and first time PC builders may have some difficulty installing the motherboard. It was a bit disappointing that Magic-Pro did not bundle any USB headers with the motherboard. These days having only two USB ports can be a real pain considering all the USB peripherals on the market. While it's no longer mandatory, I would have liked to see the four accompanying mounting holes around the CPU socket. Without them the larger more powerful HSF's cannot be used.

The Magic-Pro K7N Ultra S offers the end user a lot of value and it is a decent performer but unfortunately it's unable to separate itself from the pack. If you can find the K7N-Ultra S for a good price then by all means pick it up as you'll be pleased with your find I think.

Thanks to Canada Computers for providing the Magic-Pro K7N-Ultra S motherboard to PCstats.com for review.

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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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