Another nice thing that Chaintech does that we must applaud
is the interchangeable face plates. There's a beige, silver and black plates to choose from
depending on what colour your chassis is. This just goes to show
that Chaintech are really thinking about the end user when they include these goodies.
The cables for the Cbox3 are about 60cm long, but that may
be a bit tight for some users with full tower cases. Other then that, the CBox3
really is a useful addition to the Zenith ZNF3-150 motherboard.
Also bundled in with everything else is a full set of bright orange rounded
cables. Rounded cables are an easy way to improve air flow and cable management within the case,
and they generally look a lot better if you have a window in your chassis
Chaintech also included the
good stuff, not the cheap rounded IDE cables that most mom and pop type stores
carry. The ones that come with the Zenith ZNF3-150 are extremely soft and
CMR, what the heck?
As you've probably noticed the Chaintech Zenith
ZNF3-150 has a small brown slot at the bottom of the motherboard; this
is the CMR (Chaintech Multimedia Riser) slot.
It's a proprietary slot for Chaintech motherboards only, but do not fear,
the ZNF3-150 comes with the necessary CMR device.
The CMR card is simply an extension of the devices on
the motherboard, there are two IEEE 1394 ports as well as three audio
ports (which together with the others in the I/O area realize the full 7.1 channels) and a
SPDIF out connector. An optical SPDIF cable is included, along with an adaptor
so that you can directly connect your PC to an SPDIF-equipped stereo right out of the
been critical in the past of manufacturers for including low quality AC'97
software based sound cards on motherboards. Even I can hear the difference
between the CPU sapping software codec and a hardware PCI based
The new VIA Envy24PT hardware sound card deals with
a lot of these issues, and in fact they one of the first on the market
to introduce a sound card that supports 7.1-channel
The Envy24PT supports 24bit audio resolution with
96kHz sampling which is right up there with the Creative Audigy 2 ZS in terms of
audio quality. Things don't stop there, the audio controller also has support
for Dolby Digital EX and DTS ES. The chip is definitely up to your home
theatre/DVD needs! Lastly because the Envy24PT is a hardware based solution, it
drains very little CPU resources from the processor which should mean better
overall performance for gamers everywhere.