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Gigabyte K8NNXP nForce3 150 Motherboard Review
Gigabyte K8NNXP nForce3 150 Motherboard Review  - PCSTATS
The K8NNXP boasts an impressive list of features, workstation-oriented addons, and performance stats that should make it a crowd favorite among demanding users.
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Oct 28 2003   C. Sun  
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Gigabyte K8NNXP nForce3 150 Motherboard Review

nVIDIA were the first chipset manufacturer other than AMD to support the 64-bit AMD Opteron processor. Titled the "Crush 8," or nForce3 when it was first released, the chipset also promised to support the then forthcoming 64-bit AMD desktop processors which would later be named the Athlon64 and Athlon64 FX.

The release of the Athlon64 CPU has come and gone, but remarkably for nVidia which had such a head start in the K8-chipset industry, theirs is not the most popular solution. Rather, Athlon64 motherboards based on the nVidia nForce3 chipset are few and far between at the moment, though in talking with many motherboard manufacturers that situation is expected to change latter in the year.

The K8 chipset of the moment is the VIA K8T800, and there are plenty of examples of how boards based on that core logic perform... In this review, we are going to be evaluating nVidia's nForce 3 150 chipset and specifically, Gigabyte's GA-K8NNXP socket 754 Athlon64 motherboard.

Gigabyte's brand new K8NNXP Athlon64 motherboard boasts an impressive list of features, workstation-oriented addons, and performance stats that should make it a crowd favorite among demanding users. The full-size ATX motherboard is equipped with three DDR DIMM sockets that will support up to 3GB of PC3200 ECC/non-ECC memory.

Gigabyte GA-K8NNXP Motherboard


3x Ultra 133 Cables, 2x Serial ATA Cable, 3x Serial ATA Power Cable, FDD Cable, Driver CD, I/O Back Plate, Users Manual, Quick Installation Guide, Serial ATA RAID Manual, IDE RAID Manual, DPS Power Board

Brackets: USB, USB/IEEE 1394, Audio and Serial ATA

Standard equipment includes Serial ATA/Serial ATA RAID, 8X AGP, IDE RAID, IEEE 1394 Firewire, IEEE 1394B Firewire (800MB/s!!), 5.1 channel audio, dual BIOS, dual Ethernet (one Gigabit, one 10/100) and of course Gigabyte's special dual power supply.

Gigabyte were one of the first manufacturers to used coloured PCB's and now everyone does; in any case, a good thing is a good thing, and the K8NNXP is a nice shade of blue. To make things a little easier for first time consumers building their own PCs, Gigabyte have even colour-coded the different ports and headers. This way, if you are reading the manual and it says "insert into the green AGP 8X slot" you won't have to phone up your computer expert buddy to ask just what the heck an "AGP8X" slot looks like...

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-K8NNXP
 Pg 1.  — Gigabyte K8NNXP nForce3 150 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Onboard Features and expansion
 Pg 3.  DPS-K8 power and other unique items
 Pg 4.  nForce3 150 Chipset
 Pg 5.  nVSystem Utility, the new era of overclocking?
 Pg 6.  Overclocking and BIOS
 Pg 7.  System Spec's and Benchmarks
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: Winbench 99, SiSoft Sandra 2004
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: PCMark 2002, 3DMark2001SE
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: AquaMark3, Quake III Arena
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: UT2003, Conclusion

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