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Chaintech Zenith ZNF3-150 nForce3 Motherboard Review

Chaintech Zenith ZNF3-150 nForce3 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Take it from me, with the "regular" Athlon64 'K8' processor you get about 95% of the Athlon64 FX performance, for about half the price.
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External Mfg. Website: Chaintech Jan 06 2004   Colin Sun  
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RadEX Cooling System

Ask any enthusiast about their MOSFETs and they'll probably pause for a second before telling you just how hot they can get.

Chaintech address this source of heat which can work to raise the overall temperature of the case by placing a special heatpipe embedded aluminum heatsink on top (screwed in place).

The copper heatpipe in the bottom of the cast aluminum heatsink remains in direct contact with the MOSFETs, and works to transfer the heat more evenly to the aluminum component which is actively cooled by a small 30x30mm fan that exhausts through a vent in the I/O shield.

Chaintech cool the nForce3 150 chipset with a medium sized passive aluminum heatsink and they place a gold-plated piece of metal on top of. While it does look very snazzy, we would have preferred to have seen a fan actively cooling the chipset instead.

On the bundled software side of things, the Zenith ZNF3-150 includes Pro-Magic 6.0, Image It 3.0 and Norton Anti Virus 2003. I'm sure that even the most experienced users will find these applications handy.

Lots of Extra Stuff Included

Chaintech include a very useful utility drive bay with the Zenith motherboard, called the CBox3.

The CBox3 has an integrated Compact Flash/MicroDrive reader, a memory stick/ Secure Digital/multimedia card/Smart Media reader, IEEE 1394 port, two USB 2.0 ports, MIC and headphone jacks and lastly the extremely useful Port 80 diagnostics card built right in.

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Contents of Article: Chaintech ZNF3-150
 Pg 1.  Chaintech Zenith ZNF3-150 nForce3 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Up close with the ZNF3-150
 Pg 3.  — RadEX Cooling System
 Pg 4.  Cbox3 and 7.1 Channel Audio
 Pg 5.  BIOS and Overclocking
 Pg 6.  System Spec's and Benchmarks: Winstone and Sysmark 2002
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Winbench 99, SiSoft Sandra 2004
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: PCMark2002, 3DMark2001
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: Quake III Arena, UT2003
 Pg 10.  A well rounded motherboard!

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