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Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D Motherboard Review

Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Based on the 925X chipset, the Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D supports the new Socket 775 Intel Pentium 4 processor formfactor.
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Sep 26 2004   Max Page  
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High Definition Audio

The ICH6R southbridge contains its own audio subsystem, which Intel hopes will ensure better audio quality for motherboards based on its new chipsets.

Intel's 'High Definition Audio' is a step up from the stock AC'97 audio we all love to hate.

The better breading of this audio controller make the 7.1-channel audio system packed into the Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D worth taking note of. Intel 'High Definition Audio' enables up to two separate streams of audio at once (say, MP3's through the old home stereo, and gaming on the PC through a set of headphones), with each stream able of delivering eight channels at 192 kHz/32-bit quality.

Additionally, along with the GA-8ANXP-D's full compliment of jack-sensing audio ports are a set of SPDIF in / out connections at the rear I/O panel. With these two SPDIF RCA ports, the GA-8ANXP-D could be connected directly to home theatre system, or used for multimedia editing of audio from another source.

The tiny PCI Express x1 slots

Serial ATA support from the Intel ICH6R southbridge is limited to four ports, but the GA-8ANXP-D supports eight SATA devices thanks to an additional Silicon Image RAID controller. Intel Matrix Storage can be used with these eight SATA devices to configure a RAID 0 or 1 array; depending on you own requirements. RAID 0 is faster than RAID 1, but if one drive blows up you loose all data. Still, if you are prepping the system for pure gaming, RAID 0 is going to be fastest.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  — High Definition Audio
 Pg 3.  8-phase Power Circuit
 Pg 4.  The 925X Chipset
 Pg 5.  BIOS and test System Spec's
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: SYSmark2004
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2002, Winbench 99
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2004, Super Pi
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: PCMark2002, PCMark04
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, AquaMark3
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: Comanche 4, X2: The Threat, UT2003
 Pg 12.  There's so much motherboard!!!

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