|Magic-Pro K7N-Ultra S
Ships with the
- IDE ATA66/100
- FDD Cable
- 2x Serial ATA
- Driver CD
- User Manual
- I/O Back Plate
- Serial ATA/RAID
- Misc Programs
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