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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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Magic who? Oh Soltek...

Magic-Pro K7N-Ultra S Motherboard

Ships with the following:

  • IDE ATA66/100 Cable
  • FDD Cable
  • 2x Serial ATA Cable
  • Driver CD
  • User Manual
  • I/O Back Plate
  • Serial ATA/RAID Driver
  • Misc Programs Manual
  • Programs CD

Brackets: N/A

Magic Pro as a company is unknown in North America but they're apparently quite strong in Asia where price is the most important factor. Magic Pro doesn't actually have their own manufacturing plants rather they buy motherboards from other manufacturers and relabel them.

Retailing for $155 CDN ($115 US) the Magic-Pro K7N-Ultra S is not the cheapest motherboard of the bunch but it does come with some nice goodies. The motherboard natively supports 5.1 audio, 10/100 LAN, Serial ATA/Serial ATA RAID and even has an extra Ultra 133 IDE channel for good measures. The motherboard still has five PCI slots so there's lots of room for expansion.

The layout of the board in general is pretty good although the floppy drive connector is a bit low for our tastes. The board has a clear area around the socket, but unfortunately the four surrounding mounting holes have been removed so people with the more powerful heatsinks like the Swiftech MCX462 or Alpha PAL8045 are out of luck.

We were pleasantly surprised at how well the K7N-Ultra S performed in all test. It was also a pretty good overclocker but that's expected with a C1 based nForce2 Northbridge.

We were a bit surprised to see the K7N-Ultra S had no brackets included with the motherboard especially only having two USB ports on the back of the motherboard.

The Magic-Pro K7N-Ultra S is a well rounded motherboard but unfortunately it's not really able to differentiate itself from the rest of the nForce2 pack. The same cannot be said for ABit, the overclockers best friend, and the NF7-M is up next.

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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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