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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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Advancing Storage Features

We’re not done with the nForce4’s storage features yet. Also included is support for command queuing. When partnered with a compatible hard drive, this technology allows the controller to shuffle the order of the data it requests from a given disk to take into account the physical facts of that data’s location on the drive.

In other words, the controller will request data out of sequence to optimize the time it takes the drive to physically read the data. This should increase drive performance, or at least decrease the performance hit imposed by a badly fragmented drive.

Finally, nVidia includes something they call the ‘disk alert system.’ Provided the motherboard manufacturer takes the time to implement the feature properly, when one of your hard disks fails, your system will pop up an alert window with a picture of your motherboard, indicating the exact controller where the failure has taken place.

I think this is more of a novelty feature, and not a useful as some form of LED indicator lights would be. Still, if you are unsure which drive is SATA0 or SATA1, I suppose it could be helpful. Next up, Gigabit networking, audio, and new software all from the nForce 4 chipset.

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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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