Speaking of fast, this board has two Gigabit Network Adaptors! One
is based on th Broadcom 5751 NIC, and moves data along a dedicated PCI Express x1
pipe, the other uses a Marvel 8001 NIC and the PCI bus.
Gigabyte's Dual Power
The Gigabyte Universal-Plus Dual
Power System 2 (U-Plus DPS) is an eight-phase power circuit designed
to various power loads, while maintaining clean power for the CPU, and future
CPUs. It is not necessary for the board to run, but provides an added level of
redundancy via a small card slot.
In the past, Gigabyte has employed active cooling
solutions on its DPS, which raised the noise levels inside the case a few
decibels. With the U-Plus DPS, the MOSFET circuitry is cooled with a copper
heatpipe that move the heat towards a larger stacked copper fin array.
This cooling fin is positioned to take the cool air
from the CPU and use it. Thus, no added noise is introduced, and the U-Plus DPS
remains cool. Quite innovative, and quite silent.
Incidently, the 24-pin main ATX power connector on
the Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D is backwards compatible with
20-pin connectors. There are still very few 24-pin ATX power supplies on the
market right now, so if you don't have one, you can postpone purchasing a new
PSU for a little while. Just be sure that when you plug it into the board, you
connect the pins in the proper manner.