Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D Motherboard Review
Intel released its Socket 775 Intel Pentium 4 processor in June, it
changed the face of computing as we know it. Not once in recent history has
a single manufacturer attempted to push so much technological change onto consumers
with a single pass. For along with the Socket 775 Intel processor comes new memory, a new videocard and expansion card
interface, new power supply requirements, and new cooling devices. If we look back to recent changes in computing, most
major changes have been introduced incrementally, over a longer period of time.
Socket 775 Intel processor introducing so many legacy free technologies at once,
it's going to be simpler and less costly for consumers to just implement
everything at once. Or.... not at all and side with AMDs solutions. It's a bit
like peeling a Band Aid off a hairy arm; the faster you pull it off the less it
hurts. It's with this in mind that we as consumers are quickly being introduced
to new terminology like 'DDR-2,' 'BTX,' and of course 'PCI-Express.'
review, PCstats.com is testing out Gigabyte's new Intel Pentium 4 flagship
motherboard, the GA-8ANXP-D. Based on the 925X chipset, the Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D
supports the new Socket 775 Intel Pentium 4 processor formfactor, and can be
run with up to 4GB of DDR-2 memory.
Users Manual, SATA RAID Manual,
Hardware Installation Guide, One Ultra/133 IDE Cable, One
Floppy Cable, Four Serial ATA Cables, Two Molex Y Serial ATA
Power Cables, Wireless NIC, DPS Power System, Northbridge Fan,
Driver CD, USB Bracket, IEEE1394b/USB Bracket
This is a
fully loaded ATX motherboard, with PCI Express videocard and peripheral support. The
GA-8ANXP-D includes a grand total of eight Serial ATA headers (four from
the Intel ICH6R Southbridge, and four from a Silicon Image controller), IEEE 1394b
Firewire, one PCI Express Broadcom 5751 Gigabit NIC and one Marvel 8001
PCI Gigabit NIC, a PCI 802.11g wireless card, 7.1 channel Intel 'High Definition Audio'
and dual BIOS'. It also has its very
own heatpipe cooled 8-phase power supply, which we'll get to in a
Oh, and it's bundled
with Norton Internet Security 2004. A nice touch, that. ;-) Gigabyte include so much with this board
that it the box is comprised of two full size motherboard pizza boxes!
And yet, because the GA-8ANXP-D is based on the 925X chipset, there is only one,
ONE! IDE channel. Shocking, perhaps... but, with all those Serial ATA headers Gigabyte
are clearly positioning the GA-8ANXP-D for higher end workstations, and
The 925X chipset still
supports FDD devices, but I wouldn't expect that to last long now that IDE
devices are being relegated to the history books. Best to plan on upgrading to
all Serial ATA compliant hard drives with this board, and leave that IDE channel
for the optical drives.
Looking over the GA-8ANXP-D itself, we find two
legacy PCI slots, three PCI Express x1 slots, and one PCI Express x16 slot for
graphics adaptors. The board makes good used of colour coordinated ports and sockets to help novice
users when they install components too. Additionally, adequate labelling on the
PCB identifies which headers are for what, so users needn't reference the manual
too much. It even has
a little sticker on top of the NIC ports indicating the MAC address of the
card. That information comes in handy if you are applying MAC address filtering on