Gigabyte K8NS Pro Motherboard Review

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Introduction

Gigabyte has long been known to produce quality motherboards for the hardware community. One of their newest socket 754 boards is this K9NS Pro which utilizes the Nvidia nForce 3 250 chipset.

The two changes that were made to this 250 chipset from the 150 chipset is the addition of SATA and 2 more USB 2.0 ports. Nvidia also offers a nForce 3 250Gb which adds in a gigabit NIC, something this board lacks. With there being so little different between the two chipsets it’s a wonder Nvidia didn’t just include the SATA and Gb in the 150 chipset. With VIA’s K8T800 and Nvidia’s nForce 3 chipsets competing head to head against each other it will be interesting to see who comes out ahead.

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Processor
– Designed for AMD Athlon64 socket 754

Chipset
– NVIDIA nForce3 250 chipset
– Super I/O: ITE IT8712F chip

Memory
– Type: DDR400/ 333/ 266- 184pin
– Max capacity: Up to 3GB by 3 DIMM slots

Integrated Peripherals
– Silicon Image sil3512 controller
– GigaRAID ATA 133 RAID controller
– T.I. IEEE1394 controller
– Marvell 8001 Gigabit Ethernet controller
– Realtek ALC850 Audio AC’97 Codec


Internal I/O Connectors
– 4 x Serial ATA connector
– 4 x UDMA ATA 133/100/66 Bus Master IDE connectors
– 1 x FDD connector
– 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 connectors (supports 4 ports)
– 2 x IEEE 1394 connectors (supports 3 ports)
– S/P DIF input/output pin header
– 3 x cooling fan pin headers
– CD/AUX in
– 1 x Game/Midi connector
Expansion Slots
1 x AGP slot (8x/4x-AGP 3.0 compliant), supports 1.5v display card only.
5 x PCI slots (PCI 2.3 compliant)

Back Panel I/O
– PS/2 Keyboard / Mouse
– 4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
– 1 x RJ45 ports
– 2 x COM ports
– 1 x LPT
– Audio (1 x Line-in / 1 x Line-out / 1 x Mic) connector

Other Features
– Xpress Installation
– Xpress Recovery
– Q-Flash
– @BIOS

Miscellaneous
– ATX form factor (30.5 x 24.4 cm)