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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  
Home > Reviews > Motherboards > Gigabyte GA-K8NNXP

Overclocking and BIOS

While Gigabyte motherboards have been very good stock performers, they have never really been "the best" overclockers. It's okay though, I understand that catering entirely towards the enthusiast market is very expensive for the few customers there are out there.

Starting at 200 MHz we began to slowly raise the clock speed of the K8NNXP motherboard. At 213 MHz FSB we began to experience some memory related stability problems and had to tone down the memory speed. At 217 MHz we had to raise the processor voltage to 1.6V to help stabilize things. Everything went smoothly all the way up to 227 MHz.

It seemed the board just didn't want to go any higher, raising voltages, lowering memory timings didn't seem to help. Still, 227MHz is a respectable number.

The K8NNXP BIOS:

As with all Gigabyte motherboards, the Advanced Chipset Features are disabled until you press CTRL + F1. After they're unlocked you have access to AGP tweaks, HyperTransport settings and of course memory timings.

You can adjust the motherboard frequency from 200-250 MHz in 1 MHz increments and AGP speeds from 66-100 MHz again in 1 MHz steps. Maximum CPU voltage is 1.7V, DDQ +0.3V, VCC12_HT +0.3 and DDR 2.8V. Now, time for some benchmarks!

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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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