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Gigabyte GA-K8NSNXP-939 Motherboard Review
Gigabyte GA-K8NSNXP-939 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Gigabyte GA-K8NSNXP-939 is powered by the nForce3 Ultra chipset, and includes an onboard Serial ATA RAID controller, IEEE 1394b Firewire, Gigabit LAN, a 10/100 NIC, 7.1 channel audio.
 84% Rating:   
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Sep 03 2004   C. Sun  
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Benchmarks: UT2003, Conclusions

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Asus A8V (200/400)


Gigabyte K8NSNXP-939 (200/400)


Gigabyte K8NSNXP-939 (270/432)





Asus A8V (200/400)


Gigabyte K8NSNXP-939 (200/400)


Gigabyte K8NSNXP-939 (270/432)


UT2003 has always loved high bandwidth systems as well, and here we see the Gigabyte K8NSNXP-939 kicks some butt when overclocked. Heck, those stock scores are also pretty amazing!

A very well rounded motherboard!

While nVIDIA experienced a whole host of manufacturing and design delays with its video chipsets earlier this year, its core logic department has been seriously picking up the slack. Even two years after its initial release, the nVidia nForce2 is still the highest performing K7 chipset out. While the company was a bit slow with the Athlon64, nVIDIA now clearly has an excellent product for Socket 754 (NF3-250) Athlon64 processors, and more importantly Socket 939 CPUs. All this is thanks to nVidia's release of the nForce3 Ultra.

It only makes sense for AMD to combine both their mainstream and high end processors into one platform and that's exactly what Socket 939 does. The Gigabyte GA-K8NSNXP-939 is feature laden, with everything from an extra Serial ATA RAID controller, to second generation IEEE 1394b on board. For that extra dose of performance, it includes two network connections (one a Gigabit LAN, the other standard 10/100 LAN). Audio is taken care of by a 7.1 channel system, and the GA-K8NSNXP-939's twin BIOS chips add a measure of reliability into the mix as well. If you do find yourself needing more, the K8NSNXP-939 still has five 32-bit PCI slots ready for future expansion!

It's no surprise that the performance of the Gigabyte GA-K8NSNXP-939 is good. After all, it's a Socket 939 Athlon64 motherboard! When it comes to overclocking I'd say the board did pretty well, it reached an amazing 270 MHz with completely stock cooling, and with something a little more exotic I wouldn't be surprised to see it reach well over 300 MHz.

The Gigabyte GA-K8NSNXP-939 retails for $350 CDN ($240 US), making it a high-end option to be certain. But price aside (it is expensive), you're getting pretty much everything in one shot. The Gigabyte GA-K8NSNXP-939 is fast, it's packed to the resistors with features, and since it supports the Socket 939 Athlon64 processor, you know it is going to be as good for gaming as our benchmarks have shown.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-K8NSNXP-939
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-K8NSNXP-939 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  The nForce3 Ultra
 Pg 3.  The nVIDIA Hardware Firewall
 Pg 4.  Let's Overclock the GA-K8NSNXP-939
 Pg 5.  System Specs and Benchmarks
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2002, Winbench 99
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2004, Super Pi
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: PCMark2002, PCMark04
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, AquaMark3
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: Comanche 4, X2: The Threat
 Pg 11.  — Benchmarks: UT2003, Conclusions

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