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NVIDIA nForce3 250 Motherboard Shootout
By CPU-zilla
Category : Mainboard
Published by Jimmy Tang on Friday, 15th October, 2004


Technical Specifications Compared

In this shootout, we'll be comparing various motherboards based on the NVIDIA nForce3 250 chipset, including the nForce3 250Gb variant. If you want to read about other Socket-754 motherboards based on the older nForce3 150 chipset or VIA's K8T800, click here for the previous shootout.

Technical Specifications of Motherboards Based on NVIDIA nForce3 250 Chipset
  AOpen n250a-FR ASUS K8N-E Deluxe Gigabyte GA-K8NS Pro Gigabyte GA-K8NSNXP MSI K8N Neo Platinum Shuttle AN51/R Soltek SL-K8AN2E-GR
Chipset nForce3 250 nForce3 250Gb nForce3 250 nForce3 250 nForce3 250Gb nForce3 250 nForce3 250Gb
DIMM slots 3 3 3 3 3 3 2
AGP AGP 8x AGP 8x AGP 8x AGP 8x AGP 8x AGP 8x AGP 8x
PCI slots 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Other slots - - - 1 x DPS - - -
ATA-133 ports (chipset) 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
SATA ports (chipset) 2 2 2 2 4 4 2
ATA-133 (others) - - 2 w/ RAID 2 w/ RAID - - 1 w/ RAID
SATA (others) 4 w/ RAID 4 w/ RAID 2 w/ RAID 2 w/ RAID - - 2 w/ RAID
Floppy Connector 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
PS/2 Mouse 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
PS/2 Keyboard 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
COM ports 2 1 2 1 1 1 2
Parallel port 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
USB ports (header) 4 (4) 4 (4) 4 (4) 4 (4) 4 (4) 4 (4) 4 (4)
FireWire ports (header) (2) 1 (1) (3) (3) - 1394b 1 (2) 1 (1) -
Ethernet 1000 1000 1000 100 + 1000 1000 1000 1000
Audio chipset/codec ALC655 ALC850 ALC850 ALC850 ALC850 ALC650 ALC650
Audio ports* F, I/R, M/C F, I, M, C, R, A F, I/R, M/C F, I, M, C, R, A F, I, M, C, R F, I, M, C, R F, I/R, M/C
S/PDIF In / Out Out Out Out Out Out -
Fan headers 3 3 3 3 4 3 3
Dimension (mm) 305 x 244 305 x 245 305 x 244 305 x 244 305 x 245 305 x 244 305 x 220
FSB Range 200-250MHz 200-300MHz 200-455MHz 200-455MHz 200-450MHz 200-280MHz 200-250MHz
Core voltage 0.800-1.850V 1.825-1.750V 0.800-1.700V 0.800-1.700V 1.500-1.800V 0.800-1.700V 0.800-1.550V
AGP voltage 1.5-1.6V 1.5-1.7V - - 1.5-1.85V 1.6-1.8V 1.5-1.8V
AGP Clock 66-100MHz 66-75MHz 66-100MHz 66-100MHz 66-100MHz 66-100MHz 66-100MHz
DDR voltage 2.55-2.85V 2.5-2.7V +0.1V - +0.2V +0.1V - +0.2V 2.5-2.85V 2.7-2.9V 2.6-2.8V
Chipset voltage - - - - - 1.7-1.9V 1.6-1.9V
HT Frequency 1x - 5x 1x - 4x 1x - 5x 1x - 5x 1x - 4x 1x - 5x 1x - 5x
Multiplier Selection No Yes Yes 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).

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

Note : Overclocking voltage and frequency ranges are stated here as a guide only. Please refer to the individual motherboards in the other pages of this review for the full details.

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