Gigabyte 8KNXP Features
Package and Layout
Gigabyte's latest motherboards to come from the Taiwan giant have been very colourful masterpieces.
The 8KNXP is packed in a similar front lift up package that gives you all the information on the motherboard you are purchasing. Inside Gigabyte gives a plethora of goodies. Motherboard, three user manuals (one for the board, one for the Serial ATA Controller and one for the Parallel ATA controller), one 4 port USB bracket, one audio bracket for 5 speaker operations, one Firewire bracket, one Serial ATA to External expansion card and DPRS 2 module.
Board Layout and Gripes
Gigabyte has for the past four motherboards used a 1 AGP slot and 5 PCI configurations. This has proven to be a winning combination and has used the same layout on the 8KNXP. The AGP slot support both 4x and 8x protocols and is not backwards compatible with older 2x cards. Gigabyte has put a great deal of onboard peripherals on the 8KNXP, five PCI slots are all that should be needed for now and in the future.
One of the biggest notations of this board is the memory slots. I875P chipsets have support for only four Double Sided DIMM modules. This limits most boards to four slots, two for channel A and two for Channel B. Gigabyte has changed this, similar to how three DIMMs were added to I845 boards is how Gigabyte manages six DIMMS on this - Port 0 has a single DIMM connector on it where Port 1 has two. This means that if you install a Double Sided DIMM into DIMM 2, DIMM 3 cannot have any memory modules inserted, same theory with DIMM 5 and 6, if a double sided DIMM is in 5, 6 cannot be occupied.
Power connectors and expansion sockets are located as per normal for a Gigabyte board. The 20 pin power connector is placed behind the DIMM sockets along with the FDD and HDD connectors. The four pin connector is between the Northbridge and the I/O panel making the four pin cable drape across the heatsink and fan.
Another feature is the DPRS2 system. DPRS2 stands for Dual Power Retention System. Most motherboards have either a three phase or some now with four phases to power the CPU voltage regulator. DPRS2 adds an extra three phases to the already three onboard, giving a total of 6 phases. This means there is no limit to the amount of power the Gigabyte 8KNXP can deliver stably to the CPU.