Gigabyte K8NNXP nForce3 150 Motherboard Review
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
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
||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
USB/IEEE 1394, Audio and Serial ATA
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...