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Gigabyte K8NNXP nForce3 150 Motherboard Review

Gigabyte K8NNXP nForce3 150 Motherboard Review  - PCSTATS
Abstract: The K8NNXP boasts an impressive list of features, workstation-oriented addons, and performance stats that should make it a crowd favorite among demanding users.
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Oct 28 2003   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks: UT2003, Conclusion

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Source: Epic

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UT2003 Demo 640x480 Flyby
Video Card FPS Ranking
1.

A64 3200+/MSI K8T Neo (200/400)

299.5
2. A64 3200+/Albatron K8T800 (200/400) 300.96
3. A64 3200+/Epox 8HDA3+ (200/400) 286.38
4. A64 3200+/Gigabyte K8NNXP (200/400) 295.74
5. A64 3200+/Gigabyte K8NNXP (227/377) 319.54

UT2003 Demo 640x460 Botmatch
Video Card FPS Ranking
1.

A64 3200+/MSI K8T Neo (200/400)

94.07
2. A64 3200+/Albatron K8T800 (200/400) 94.87
3. A64 3200+/Epox 8HDA3+ (200/400) 90.21
4. A64 3200+/Gigabyte K8NNXP (200/400) 93.53
5. A64 3200+/Gigabyte K8NNXP (227/377) 103.14

While the K8NNXP is slower than the K8T800 boards, but I doubt you'd notice it at these speeds. ;-)

With the nForce3 150, it seems as if nVIDIA still has a bit of catching up to do. HyperTransport doesn't quite run at full spec, but that didn't really seem to affect the 2D based office benchmarks. This suggests that the Gigabyte K8NNXP could be just as fast as an equivalently configured K8T800 motherboard... but not quite. In the 3D world the shortcomings of nvidia's nForce 3 150 chipset put it squarely behind the other K8T800-based motherboards, even if only by a few percent.

The Gigabyte K8NNXP is a very well rounded motherboard with a boat load of features such as Serial ATA/Serial ATA RAID, IDE RAID, IEEE 1394, hot pluggable IEEE 1394B, 5.1 audio, dual ethernet (one Gigabit, one 10/100) and of course dual BIOS's. If you feel the need to upgrade there are five PCI slots an 8x AGP port. The layout of the board is excellent, it really seems as if Gigabyte was thinking about the end user when they designed the K8NNXP.

More and more people out there are starting to build their own PC's and Gigabyte tries to make that job easier. It's the little things they do that are greatly appreciated; things like colour coordinating headers and the front panel I/O, or even just labelling the motherboard clearly all help in the end.

Performance of the board was quite good compared to the other K8 motherboards we tested it against. While the K8NNXP did come in last in many of the 3D benchmarks, the difference was only a few percent on average. The Gigabyte K8NNXP is a fast motherboard, and I'm sure it would make an excellent basis for an AMD Athlon64 workstation. With such a comprehensive list of features already included, the list of items you'll need to complete a full PC just got seriously shorter - and that's always a good situation!

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-K8NNXP
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte K8NNXP nForce3 150 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Onboard Features and expansion
 Pg 3.  DPS-K8 power and other unique items
 Pg 4.  nForce3 150 Chipset
 Pg 5.  nVSystem Utility, the new era of overclocking?
 Pg 6.  Overclocking and BIOS
 Pg 7.  System Spec's and Benchmarks
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: Winbench 99, SiSoft Sandra 2004
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: PCMark 2002, 3DMark2001SE
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: AquaMark3, Quake III Arena
 Pg 11.  — Benchmarks: UT2003, Conclusion

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