Gigabyte 8KNXP Ultra 64 - IntroductionIntroductionIntel Canterwood or I875P chipset has been one of the biggest breakthroughs for Intel and the Pentium 4. Not only has it given the Pentium 4 the ability to show its full potential, but is has also given Intel a solid base from which to build the I9xx series of chipsets. The I975P and I865 family of chipsets have given the desktop and performance users the ability to fully exploit the power of the Pentium 4, but what about the high end workstations and entry level servers? These are stuck on the aging E7205 or Granite Bay chipset. While providing Dual Channel Memory, it's limited to 533FSB.There has been no previous updates to the entry level server/high end workstation chipset market, that is until now, enter the E7210 or known as the Cantewood ES.The E7210 is comprised of two major components, the E7210 MCH and the FWE600ESB ICH5-S. These two components are somewhat similar to the current desktop chipsets, with slight modifications in order to meet and exceed the entry level server and high end workstation requirements.Today we have on the test bench the Gigabyte 8KNXP Ultra 64, the first motherboard to market with the latest server/workstation chipset combination from Intel, while aimed at a server environment; can it handle what is needed for an ultra gaming rig? Let's find out.
Gigabyte 8KNXP Ultra 64 - SpecificationsSpecifications of the 8KNXP Ultra 64CPUSupports Intel Pentium 4 1.4GHz ~ 2GHz mPGA 478 CPU WillametteSupports Intel Pentium 4 2.0GHz ~ 2.8GHz mPGA 478 Northwood (400FSB)Supports Intel Pentium 4 2.2GHz ~ 3.06GHz mPGA 478 Northwood (533FSB)Supports Intel Pentium 4 3.0GHz ~ 3.2Ghz mPGA 478 Northwood (800FSB)Supports Intel Pentium 4 2.8EGhz ~ 3.4Ghz mPGA 478 Prescott (800FSB)Supports Intel Celeron 1.7GHz ~ 2.9Ghz mPGA 478 (400FSB)ChipsetIntel E7210 AGPset E7210 MCHFWE600ESB ICHIntel Hub Architecture @ 266MB/sBus Frequency100/133/200MHz Internal400/533/800MHz ExternalNetburst Micro ArchitectureExpansion Slots1 AGP 4x, 8x3 PCI2 PCI-XExpansion Ports1 PS2 Keyboard Port1 PS2 Mouse Port4 USB 1.1 Ports4 USB 2.0 Ports 2 Serial Ports 1 Parallel Port3 Stereo Audio Ports Special FeaturesBIOS overclocking control of FSB, voltagesIntel CSA Gigabit EthernetAdaptec Ultra320 SCSI.Silicon Image 4 Port SATA RAIDVIA USB 2.0 Controller
Gigabyte 8KNXP Ultra 64 - FeaturesFeatures of the 8KNXP Ultra 64- Package and Contents
Gigabyte 8KNXP Ultra 64 - Features Continued and Overclocking- The Motherboard ContinuedWhile not a huge requirement on the desktop platform, SCSI controllers are pretty much second nature to the server environment, in fact, SCSI in servers outnumbers IDE 3:1. SCSI has proven to have a much higher sustained transfer rate, as well as being able to have more than two devices per channel does give SCSI the advantage. The Adaptec AIC-7902W Ultra320 SCSI controller is built directly onto the motherboard with the chip interfacing with the PCI-X bus at 100MHz, giving it a high speed connection to allow data to pass to the rest of the system without the constraints of the 33MHz PCI system. Two 68pin Ultra Wide SCSI ports are located at the bottom right of the motherboard. Each port can support seven drives, that's a total of 14 drives on the SCSI controller, with RAID 0, 1, 0+1 and RAID5 support; you will certainly have redundancy with this setup.
Gigabyte 8KNXP Ultra 64 - Benchmarks - Test System Setup and Sandra 2004Test System SetupProcessor: Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz EE (800MHz FSB) (Supplied by Spectrum Communications)Memory: 2x 256MB OCZ DDR-533 (Supplied by OCZ)Hard Disk: Western Digital 120GB 7200RPM PATA (Supplied by Plus Corporation)Graphics Card: ATI Radeon 9800XT 256MBOperating System: Microsoft Windows XP SP1Drivers: ATI Catalyst 4.6 SiSoft Sandra 2004SiSoft Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) 2004 is a synthetic windows benchmark that features different tests used to evaluate different PC subsystems.
Gigabyte 8KNXP Ultra 64 - Benchmarks - PCMark04PCMark04PCMark04 is a new multipurpose benchmark, suited for benchmarking all kinds of PCs, from laptops to workstations, as well as across multiple Windows operating systems. This easy-to-use benchmark makes professional strength benchmarking software available even to novice users. PCMark04 consists of a series of tests that represent common tasks in home and office programs.
Gigabyte 8KNXP Ultra 64 - Benchmarks - 3DMark033DMark033DMark03 is the latest instalment in the popular 3DMark series. By combining DirectX 9 support with completely new graphics (including the GeForce FX and ATI Radeon 9800), it continues to provide benchmark results that empower you to make informed hardware assessments.Please Note: Due to recent events with the 3DMark03 series, we are adding results purely for those who are still in favor of 3DMark03. These results should not be taken too seriously and are only added for interest sakes.
Gigabyte 8KNXP Ultra 64 - Benchmarks - Aquamark3Aquamark3Aquamark3 is the latest instalment of the Aquamark benchmark suite. This new benchmark is much more powerful and demands much more from both the system and the graphics card. If there is any weakness in the system or 3D components, Aquamark3 will find them.
Gigabyte 8KNXP Ultra 64 - Benchmarks - Halo PCHalo - Combat EvolvedHalo PC is new to us at TweakTown. Though we have used it in a couple of benchmarks in the past, it has now found a permanent place in our Benchmark Suite. This is simply due to its support for the latest DirectX 9 API's to put some more stress on the system to determine the best of the best.
Gigabyte 8KNXP Ultra 64 - Benchmarks - Jedi Knight IIJedi Knight IIJedi Knight II, Jedi Outcast is an OpenGL game that many have been waiting for. It has much improved graphics over its predecessor. It fully supports advanced shaders, as well as very high texture resolutions and effects. There is one demo included in the multi-player section that is good for benchmarking use.
Gigabyte 8KNXP Ultra 64 - Benchmarks - Unreal Tournament 2003Unreal Tournament 2003Unreal Tournament 2003 continues the success that Unreal Tournament generated as an online game and benchmark. UT2003 pulls all of its weight on to the 3D and Memory subsystems, pushing graphics reality to the maximum is its game, and you need some serious power to gain playable scores with this game.
Gigabyte 8KNXP Ultra 64 - ConclusionConclusionFrom 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.- ProsSupports 6 Phase power for Prescott stabilityPCI-XUltra320 SCSI6 DDR slotsSilicon Image SATA controller- ConsVery limited DRAM and AGP/Chipset voltage optionsQuite expensiveRating - 7.5 out of 10
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