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Gigabyte 8KNXP Ultra 64 - a Workstation Wonder - Conclusion

Today we have taken a look at the Gigabyte 8KNXP Ultra 64 workstation and entry level server motherboard which is packed full of onboard features to make both gamers and system admins grin. Cameron checks out the exact specifics of the motherboard and then compares with our usual suite of benchmarks focusing mostly on gaming performance.

By: | NVIDIA Chipset in Motherboards | Posted: Aug 11, 2004 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 7.5%Manufacturer: Gigabyte



From the start, we didn't hold our breath with this motherboard as it seemed more like a server platform, however, when we delved into it, we could see Gigabyte moving it into a high performance integrated overclockers motherboard - in reality it's a mix of both worlds.


While it does support overclocking features, they aren't enough for an avid overclocker. DRAM voltages and FSB adjustments are fantastic, with great range in both, as is the ability to lock the AGP, PCI and SATA clocks, the fact is that Gigabyte has for some time, been rather limited in the DRAM and AGP/Chipset voltage adjustments, which are now just as important as having a good FSB and Vcore range. Without a good amount of DRAM voltage, your FSB can go all the way to 1000MHz and CPU voltage can go to 3.0v, but if you are limited to 2.8v for memory and only 1.7v for the chipset, you are going to hit a big wall very quick, and this is so with the Gigabyte 8KNXP Ultra64. We have seen this in too many motherboards now to simply put it down to a single bad bunch, something now has to change fro Gigabyte to take on the big names like ABIT and ASUS, who now offer ultra voltage options on their motherboards.


Overall the onboard features were fantastic, with PCI and PCI-X for high speed peripherals, Ultra320 SCSI for those of you how can afford those monster process for the fastest drives available the option is there as well as CSA Gigabit Ethernet for high bandwidth LAN. In all a great featured motherboard is unfortunately overshadowed by a very poor overclocking set and slightly annoying placement of certain components onboard.


- Pros


Supports 6 Phase power for Prescott stability




Ultra320 SCSI


6 DDR slots


Silicon Image SATA controller


- Cons


Very limited DRAM and AGP/Chipset voltage options


Quite expensive


Rating - 7.5 out of 10




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