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Leadtek K7N420-DA nForce Motherboard Review - Conclusion

When the original nForce based motherboards were in production, they were supposed to be the greatest thing since bread and butter. Unfortunately, their performance was nothing to be proud of. But nVidia hasn't given up on the idea of a chipset for AMD processors with decent built-in graphics. Come join Cameron "Sov" Johnson as he takes a look at the Leadtek K7N420-DA Motherboard. It is based on the newest 420D nForce chipset and again has onboard graphics. But can they pull themselves out of the hole that they dug last time around? Let's find out!

| NVIDIA Chipset in Motherboards | Posted: Jun 3, 2002 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 6.5%      Manufacturer: Leadtek

Conclusion

 

Leadtek's design of the K7N420-DA does show that they are interested in entering the motherboard arena. However, equipping their flagship with the nVidia nForce chipset is total suicide for this. nForce has proven in the past to be a dismal failure and this one is no exception. The onboard video system is less than optimized, and even an SiS 650 video compared to this is much more appealing.

 

The 128-bit memory controller adds no real advantage over the DDR-266 controller that VIA has built into their KT266A chipset. The overclocking of the nForce boards are well below standard and achieving high FSB speeds with this chipset is not possible. This is in large part due to the 128-bit memory controller being very fussy with the memory timings. One missed cycle and it's crash time!

 

Leadtek needs to take a good, hard look at their next motherboard for the PC arena, as this one failed to impress us.

 

- Pros

 

Stable

 

Onboard Graphics

 

- Cons

 

Graphics are slow

 

128-bit memory controller give no advantage

 

Poor overclocking

 

No RAID or USB 2.0 controllers.

 

Rating - 6.5/10

 

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