Gigabyte 7NNXP nFORCE 2 review

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rounddefault-gigabyte-mainb.jpgProduct: K7 Triton series 7NNXPMore info: Gigabyte
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Gigabyte, known for their reputation of making quality computer hardware, recently shook hands with nVIDIA again after a rather unpleasant move of stepping away from their graphics card line-up two years ago. As a result of the renewed relationship one of the most versatile mainboard to date was born. Today we are going to talk about the powerful nVIDIA nFORCE2 Ultra (SPP / MCP-T) based 7NNXP from the Gigabyte K7 Triton series mainboards, a mainboard that can deal with any Athlon XP processor up-to the new 400 MHz FSB Athlon XP processors.

When we first saw the mainboard we where simply exhilarated by the looks of it. The 7NNXP dear people is not 'just' another mainboard, this is a Swiss Knife among mainboards. It has so many features that it's hard to sum it up from my memory.

Let's look at the most important specifications and features:

      Motherboard Specifications
  CPU Interface/CPU Socket-462 (A) Socket A AMD Duron/Athlon MP/Athlon XP 1.4 GHz up-to Athlon XP 3400+
Chipset nForce2 Ultra 400 North Bridge
nForce2 MCP-T South Bridge
Bus Speeds 100/133/166/200Mhz up to 300MHz (in 1MHz increments) Core Voltages Supported up to 1.850V I/O Voltages Supported N/A DRAM Voltages Supported up to 2.80V (in 0.1V increments) Memory (Slots) 4 184-pin DDR DIMM Slots (Dual Channel) -4 DDR SDRAM PC3200 - 3GB Max Expansion Slots 1 AGP 8X Slot
5 PCI Slots
Onboard IDE RAID ITE GigaRAID 8212F controller (RAID 0, RAID 1 & RAID 0 + 1) ATA 133 Onboard USB 2.0/IEEE-1394 Six USB 2.0 ports (4 onboard, 2 with included back-panel cable)
Realtek RTL8801 IEEE-1394 FireWire (3 ports available)
Onboard LAN Dual LAN:
82540EM PRO/1000 MT Gigabit LAN
nForce MCP-T Ethernet
10/100 RTL8139C Onboard Audio Realtek ALC650 AC97 codec 6 channel full duplex integrated sound (nForce2 APU) Onboard Serial ATA

Two SATA connectors via Silicon Image
SI3112A controller (RAID 0, 1 & 0 + 1)



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