The GA-K8NXP-9 is a feature packed board with 3 x 1394b, USB 2.0, 4 SATA RAID 0/1/0+1 and 4 SATA Sil 3114 supported RAID 5 ports. on top of that, there are 2 Gigabit Ethernet connections available, one native while the other is via PCI-E bus. This reduces the network bottleneck compared to traditional design relying on PCI bus.
Overclocking wise, this board doesn’t seem to provide enough as the FSB is limited to 250MHz. Although it provides voltage controls for Vcore, Vdimm, VAGP and Vhtt, it lacks one of the most important feature, multiplier control. We tried to use software to lower down the multiplier, it works but after reboot, the system won’t POST if we increase the FSB above 220MHz despite running the memory in async mode e.g cpu/mem = 200/166. We hope the production unit would improve in this aspect. *latest : according to Gigabyte, a new bios update will include new multiplier option and improve overclocking.
If you thought that Intel boards are the only ones that can support PCI-E graphics and native NCQ SATA, the wait is over. GA-K8NXP-9 not only supports PCI-E, it also supports what was supposedly missing on AMD platform in the past years. This includes native SATA with NCQ support, built in firewall, PCI-E, gigabit Ethernet. In fact, it is already proven in our benchmark tests that this board coupled with a FX-53 outperforms a P4 3.6E with the same amount of RAM and Graphics card installed.
NCQ SATA ports
No IDE RAID
Voltage selections limited
Overall Rating: 8.5/10
OCWorkbench Highly Recommended Award
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 NF4 Ultra
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Published in: Hardware on 2004-11-15