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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  
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Benchmarks: UT2004, Doom 3

Unreal Tournament 2004

Source: Epic

Unreal Tournament 2004 is the sequel to the highly popular UT2003 and uses the very latest Unreal Engine technology. Unreal Tournament 2004 employs the use of Vertex and Pixel Shaders and it's recommended that you use a DirectX 9 videocard if you plan to play competitively.

UT2004
dm-rankin FPS Ranking
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 PRO 200/400) 120.18
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 122.41
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 121.22
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 129.66
as-convoy FPS Ranking
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 PRO 200/400) 76.82
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 74.55
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 73.45
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 87.22
ctf-bridgeoffate FPS Ranking
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 PRO 200/400) 163.97
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 158.11
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 158.15
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 181.18

We're very impressed with the performance of the nForce4 Ultra chipset. Even though it's using a slower videocard in this test, it's able to get higher framerates. The older systems are no slouches in terms of performance either, which makes this even more impressive.

Doom 3

Source: id Software

Doom 3 is the most advanced game to date. it takes advantage of the latest videocard technology and pushes the processing power of the CPU to its absolute limit. At its highest setting, Ultra quality, texture sizes pass the 500MB mark which means even tomorrow's videocards will have a hard time running everything. The frame rates in the game itself are locked at 60 fps so anything above that point is wasted. Each test is run three times with the third run being recorded.

Doom3
LQ 640x480: FPS Ranking
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 PRO 200/400) 108.7
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 110
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 107.4
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 114

More excellent results for the GA-K8NXP-9 and nVidia's new chipset as it takes this most demanding of gaming benchmarks, and ranks in with 114FPS. Pair the nForce 4 with the Ahtlon 4000+ and the results are very impressive; it's nice to see the NF4 Ultra was worth the wait!

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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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