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Massive nVidia nForce2 Motherboard Roundup

Massive nVidia nForce2 Motherboard Roundup - PCSTATS
Abstract: Despite a bit of a delay at the release of the nForce2 chipset, nVidia appears to have learned their lessons well and have not made the same mistakes twice.
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External Mfg. Website: various Jun 29 2003   Colin Sun  
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Feature Rich MSI K7N2G-ILSR

MSI K7N2G-ILSR Motherboard

Ships with the following:

  • IDE ATA66/100 Cable
  • 2x Serial ATA Cables
  • FDD Cable
  • Driver CD
  • User Manual
  • USB2.0 Bracket
  • 6-channel Audio Bracket
  • S-Video, Composite Out Bracket
  • IEEE 1394 Bracket
  • Rear I/O Back Panel
  • WinDVD Software
Brackets:

Looks familiar too doesn't it? The MSI K7N2G-ILSR shares the same layout as the K7N2-L but this time we're looking at the heavy weight of the family. Packing 5.1 audio, 10/100 LAN, Serial ATA, IEEE 1394 and an integrated GeForce4 MX videocard the K7N2G-ILSR is second only to the AOpen AK79G Max in terms of features. Oh there's also a TV Out bracket thrown in for good measure.

We were happy to see that MSI now cools the Northbridge with an active HSF instead of using a passive heatsink. We like those heatsinks on the MOSFETs as well. All MSI motherboards are well labelled and the K7N2G-ILSR is a prime example. Installing the motherboard even for newbies should be a breeze.

With the MCP-T Southbridge you're guaranteed to get chrisp Dolby Digital quality sound out of the soundcard. Performance of the K7N2G-ILSR was very good in the tests however the board is not much of an overclocker.

There's not much to complain about, I guess it would have been nice to see a blue PCI slot instead of CNR and perhaps have a heatsink on the Southbridge. The board is a bit on the pricy side at $178 CDN ($131 US) but that's expected with all the goodies onboard. If you don't need the extra's you can get by on something that's a bit cheaper. Up next, we hit the benchmarks and separate the boards by performance!

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Contents of Article: various nforce2
 Pg 1.  Massive nVidia nForce2 Motherboard Roundup
 Pg 2.  The Pioneer - Asus A7N8X
 Pg 3.  Super Budget MSI K7N2-L
 Pg 4.  The awesome Epox 8RDA+
 Pg 5.  8RDA+'s twin, the FIC AU11
 Pg 6.  FIC's second go with the nForce2, the AU13
 Pg 7.  Magic who? Oh Soltek...
 Pg 8.  Abit, ahh wonderful Abit...
 Pg 9.  Small but powerful, Albatron KM18G Pro
 Pg 10.  Black Beauty, AOpen AK79G MAX
 Pg 11.  The Epox 8RGA+
 Pg 12.  — Feature Rich MSI K7N2G-ILSR
 Pg 13.  System Spec's and Benchmarks
 Pg 14.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2002
 Pg 15.  Benchmarks: PCMark2002
 Pg 16.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001SE
 Pg 17.  Benchmarks: Quake III Arena
 Pg 18.  Benchmarks: UT2003
 Pg 19.  Overclocking and Conclusions

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