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Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 nForce4 Ultra Motherboard Review

Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 nForce4 Ultra Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The GA-K8NXP-9 is bound to be a favourite solution, for not only does it incorporate PCI Express x16 slot, but it also features a remarkable array of goodies.
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Nov 12 2004   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Motherboards > Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9

The BIOS

To access the Advanced Chipset Features, you must first press CTRL + F1 simultaneously. Once inside, there are a whole bunch of memory/HT related options which will keep the tweaker busy for a long time.

You can adjust the HyperTransport frequency from 600-1 GHz in speed while adjusting the data width up and downstream between 8 and 16 bits. As you can see there are also a ton of memory options.

In the Frequency/Voltage Control section, we have several options including motherboard speed frequency. It can be increased from 200-210MHz in 1/2 MHz steppings 210-230 MHz in 1 MHz steppings and 230-250 MHz in 2 MHz intervals. There are also spread spectrum options for CPU, SATA and PCI Express.

Voltage options allow users to go as high as 0.2V+ for the processor, 0.3V+ for the AGP, 0.3V+ for HyperTransport and 0.2V+ for memory. We would have liked to have seen multiplier controls on the GA-K8NXP-9, but there were none. Next up, benchmarks for this nForce 4 motherboard!

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 nForce4 Ultra Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Exploring the nForce 4 chipset
 Pg 3.  nForce 4 features and variants
 Pg 4.  Improved disk controller and RAID support
 Pg 5.  Advancing Storage Features
 Pg 6.  Gigabit Ethernet built in
 Pg 7.  nForce 4 chipset variations
 Pg 8.  Feature comparisons
 Pg 9.  Overclocking and more
 Pg 10.  — The BIOS
 Pg 11.  PCStats Test System and Sysmark 2004
 Pg 12.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Winbench 99
 Pg 13.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2004, Super Pi
 Pg 14.  Benchmarks: PCMark04, 3DMark2001
 Pg 15.  Benchmarks: 3DMark05, AquaMark3
 Pg 16.  Benchmarks: Comanche 4, X2: The Threat, UT2003
 Pg 17.  Benchmarks: UT2004, Doom 3
 Pg 18.  Maximum Motherboard Overclocks and Conclusion

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