XFX Mach4 NF2S-AED Motherboard Review

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Introduction

XFX is well known around here for their fine quality video cards and accessories. They recently sent us a new motherboard that they have crafted, called the Mach4 NF2S-AED. This board is based on the new Nforce2 chipset for AMD processors, meaning it has all kinds of goodies to fiddle with. Here are the features and specs, taken from XFX’s website:

Processor

  • AMD Athlon, AMD Athlon XP & AMD Duron

Front Side Bus(MHz)

  • 400/333/266/200

Chipset

  • NVIDIA SPP North Bridge
  • NVIDIA MCP-T South Bridge

System Memory

  • Dual DDR Support
  • (3) 184-pin DDR DIMM Sockets (2.5v)
  • DDR 400/333/266/200 ( PC3200/2700/2100/1600)
  • Support for up to 3GB

Expansion Slots

  • (1) AGP 8x, supports 1.5v Slot
  • (5) PCI (PCI 2.2 compliant)

Onboard IDE

  • (2) ATA 133/100/66 Bus Master IDE

Serial ATA

  • Integrated Serial ATA (150MB/s)

Onboard FDD

  • (1) Floppy Disk Drive (FDD) Connector (Supports Modes, 1.2/1.44/2.88 mb)

Onboard Audio

  • 6 Channel Intagrated Audio
  • AC’97 CODEC

FireWire (IEEE 1394)


  • Integrated IEEE 1394

Onboard Ethernet

  • Integrated 10/100

Onboard I/O

  • (6) USB 2.0/1.1 (4 internal /2 Rear)
  • (2) Serial ATA (150Mbit/s)
  • CD Audio-in Connector
  • Auxiliary-In (AUX) Connector
  • Wake-on-LAN
  • (3) CPU/ Power/Chassis FAN connector

Back Panel Connectors

  • (1) PS/2 Mini-DIN keyboard Port
  • (1) PS/2 Mini-DIN Mouse Port
  • (2) USB 2.0 / 1.1
  • (1) Parallel (25-Pin Female 1284 IEEE Bi-Directional SPP/EPP/ECP mode)
  • (2) Serial (RS-232 Standard 9-Pin Male, 16550 UART compatible)
  • (3) Audio jacks (Line-Out/Line-In/Microphone)
  • (1) RJ-45 Ethernet port
  • (1) 1394 port

System Monitoring & Management

  • CPU Temperature Monitoring (Flexible Thermo Sensor)
  • CPU Voltage Monitoring
  • Wake-on-LAN
  • Wake-on-Ring
  • Keyboard-Power-on
  • Timer-Power-on
  • System Power Management
  • AC Power Failure Recovery

ATX (305mm x 244mm)As you can see, these are some pretty impressive features. Some of the main features are the support for 400MHz front side bus speeds for Athlon XP Processors, onboard Serial ATA, onboard RAID, onboard 6.1 audio, onboard Firewire, USB 2.0, support for dual-channel DDR RAM setups, AGP 8x, and onboard 10/100 ethernet. This is clearly a premium board jam-packed with all kinds of new tech made for the enthusiast who wants the latest and greatest. Lets take a look at some of the neat things that come with this board.