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NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra Shootout : Results and Conclusion
By Zachary Chan
Category : Mainboard
Published by Vijay Anand on Sunday, 29th May, 2005


Features At A Glance

Now that we've completed our showcase of all eight nForce4 Ultra based motherboards, we move on towards the benchmarking and testing section of this shootout. The following table represents a guide to the different specifications and aspects of all the motherboards. This is useful as a quick guide for checking board features that we've covered in detail before.

Motherboard Feature Comparison 1
ABIT Fatal1ty AN8 Chaintech VNF4 Ultra DFI LANParty UT Ultra-D ECS KN1 Extreme
Chipset NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra MCP NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra MCP NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra MCP NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra MCP
DDR DIMM Slots 4 4 4 4
PCI Express Slots
  • 1 (x16)
  • 2 (x1)
  • 1 (x16)
  • 2 (x1)
  • 2 (x16)
  • 1 (x1)
  • 1 (x4)
  • 1 (x16)
  • 2 (x1)
PCI Slots 3 3 2 3
Other Slots - - - PCI Extreme
ATA-133 Port (chipset) 2 2 2 2
SATA II Ports (chipset) 4 4 4 4
ATA-133 (others) - - - 1
SATA (others) - - - 2
COM Ports (header) - 2 (1) 1
Parallel Ports (header) - 1 - (1)
USB Ports (header) 6(4) 4(6) 6(4) 6(4)
FireWire Ports (header) 1(1) - 1(1) 2
Gigabit Ethernet 1 1 2 1
Fast Ethernet - - - 1
Audio Chipset/Codec AudioMAX (ALC658) ALC850 Karajan (ALC850) ALC655
Audio Ports* F, R, C, I, M F, R, A, C, I, M F, R, A, C, I, M F, R/I, C/M
S/PDIF In/Out - In/Out Out
Dimension (mm) 305 x 244 305 x 220 305 x 244 305 x 244
FSB Range 200 - 410MHz 200 - 400MHz 200 - 456MHz 200-250
PCIe Range 100 - 145MHz 100 - 145MHz 100 - 145MHz -
Core Voltage 1.500V - 1.850V 0.900V - 1.700V 0.800V - 1.550V +25mV - +375mV
RAM Voltage 2.50V - 2.80V 2.70V - 2.90V 2.50V - 4.00V 2.55V - 3.11V
Chipset Voltage 1.50V - 1.80V 1.60V - 1.70V 1.50V - 1.80V -
Multiplier Selection Yes Yes Yes Yes

Motherboard Feature Comparison 2
EPoX EP-9NPA+ Ultra Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-9 MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum
Chipset NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra MCP NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra MCP NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra MCP NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra MCP
DDR DIMM Slots 4 4 4 4
PCI Express Slots
  • 1 (x16)
  • 3 (x1)
  • 1 (x16)
  • 2 (x1)
  • 1 (x16)
  • 2 (x1)
  • 1 (x16)
  • 1 (x1)
  • 1 (x4)
PCI Slots 3 3 3 3
Other Slots - D.P.S. - Communication Slot
ATA-133 Port (chipset) 2 2 2 2
SATA II Ports (chipset) 4 4 4 4
ATA-133 (others) - - - -
SATA (others) - 4 4 4
COM Ports (header) 1 1 1 1
Parallel Ports (header) 1 1 1 1
USB Ports (header) 6(4) 6(4) 6(4) 6(4)
FireWire Ports (header) (2) 2(1) 2(1) 1(1)
Gigabit Ethernet 1 2 2 2
Fast Ethernet - - - -
Audio Chipset/Codec ALC850 ALC850 ALC850 ALC850
Audio Ports* F, R, A, C, I, M F, R, A, C, I, M F, R, A, C, I, M F, R, A, C, I, M
S/PDIF Out In/Out In/Out Out
Dimension (mm) 305 x 244 305 x 244 305 x 244 305 x 244
FSB Range 200 - 400MHz 200 - 400MHz 200 - 455MHz 190-400
PCIe Range 100 - 145MHz 100 - 150MHz 100 - 150MHz 100 - 145MHz
Core Voltage +0.025V - + 0.250V 0.800V - 1.750V 0.800V - 1.750V 0.825V - 1.550V
RAM Voltage 2.50V - 3.10V +0.1V - +0.2V +0.1V - +0.2V 2.50V - 2.85V
Chipset Voltage 1.50V - 1.80V +0.1V - +0.3V +0.1V - +0.3V 1.50V - 1.85V
Multiplier Selection Yes 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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