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NVIDIA nForce3 Ultra Motherboard Roundup
By Zachary Chan
Category : Mainboard
Published by Vijay Anand on Tuesday, 19th April, 2005


Motherboard Feature Comparison

The following table compares the general features available on each of the motherboards in our roundup. In the next few pages, we will be reviewing each board's merits separately and this table should help users cross check specifications as necessary.

Motherboard Feature Comparison Table
EPoX EP-9NDA3J Gigabyte GA-K8NS-939 MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum
Chipset NVIDIA nForce3 Ultra MCP NVIDIA nForce3 Ultra MCP NVIDIA nForce3 Ultra MCP
DIMM Slots 4 4 4
PCI Slots 5 5 5
Other Slots - - Communication Slot
ATA-133 Port (chipset) 2 2 2
SATA Ports (chipset) 2 2 2
ATA-133 (others) - - -
SATA (others) - - 2
COM Ports (header) 1(1) 2 1
Parallel Ports (header) 1 1 1
USB Ports (header) 4(4) 6(2) 6(2)
FireWire Ports (header) - - 1(2)
Gigabit Ethernet 1 1 2
Audio Chipset/Codec ALC850 ALC850 ALC850
Audio Ports* F, R, A, C, I, M F, R/I, C/M F, R, C, I, M
S/PDIF Out - Out
Dimension (mm) 305 x 245 305 x 245 305 x 245
FSB Range 200 - 400MHz 200 - 455MHz 200 - 450MHz
AGP Range 66 - 100MHz 66 - 100MHz 66 - 100MHz
Core Voltage +0.025V - +0.250V 0.800V - 1.700V 0.800V - 1.500V, +3.3%, +5%, +8%, +10%
RAM Voltage 2.50V - 2.80V +0.1V, +0.2V 2.50V - 2.85V
Chipset Voltage 1.60V - 2.75V - -
Multiplier Selection Yes Yes Yes

* F = Front left/right, R = Rear left/right, A = Alt. left/right (for 7.1), C = Center / Subwoofer, I = Line In, M = Microphone. Ports separated by a comma (,) indicates individual ports while those separated by a forward slash (/) indicates ports with dual functions. Ports listed include using the bundled optional bracket (if any).

** Ports in parentheses () denote optional ports available on the motherboard as headers only.

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