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Intel 915P Shootout : Gigabyte GA-8GPNXP Duo
By Zachary Chan
Category : Mainboard
Published by Vijay Anand on Wednesday, 16th February, 2005


Introduction

Gigabyte for one, seem to be in direct competition with ASUS for the high-end ultra packed motherboard segment. Their '8 Sigma' series of motherboards represent their top range of products that are loaded with so many features, it takes two boxes to hold a single motherboard. '8 Sigma' is Gigabyte's answer to AI Proactive from ASUS and the GA-8GPNXP Duo is their flagship motherboard for the Intel 915P Express platform. Since we have quite extensively featured Gigabyte's set of technologies such as ShieldWare (which you can find here ), we will focus more on the GA-8GPNXP Duo's functions and design. Before we continue, take some time to get familiar with what the board offers by going through the specifications below:-

The GA-8GPNXP Duo motherboard comes with a dual box to include all its additional feature.


Gigabyte GA-8GPNXP Duo motherboard.

  • 2 x SATA data cables
  • 2 x SATA power converter cables (dual plugs)
  • 1 x 80-conductor Ultra ATA data cable
  • 1 x floppy drive data cable
  • 1 x U-Plus D.P.S. Module
  • 1 x PCI Wireless-G LAN card
  • IEEE 1394b (2 ports) and USB 2.0 (2 ports) bracket
  • USB 2.0 (2 ports) bracket
  • I/O shield
  • Driver CD
  • GigaRIAD user's manual
  • SATA RAID user's manual
  • Motherboard user's manual

    Gigabyte GA-8GPNXP Duo Technical Specifications
    Cpu Support
    • Support for an Intel® Pentium® 4 Extreme Edition processor in an LGA775 socket with a 800MHz system bus
    • Support for an Intel® Pentium® 4 processor in an LGA775 socket with a 533/800MHz system bus
    • Support for an Intel® Celeron® D processor in an LGA775 socket with a 533MHz system bus
    • Intel® Hyper-Threading™ enabled
    Chipset
    • North Bridge: Intel 915P Express
      • 533 / 800MHz front side bus
      • PCI Express x16 graphics
      • Digital Media Interface (DMI) with 2GB/s bandwidth
    • South Bridge: Intel ICH6R
      • Intel High Definition Audio
      • Supports up to eight USB 2.0 ports
      • Supports four PCI Express x1 lanes
      • Supports four SATA ports (with RAID 0 and 1 capabilities)
      • Single-channel Ultra ATA-100 IDE port
      • Digital Media Interface (DMI) with 2GB/s bandwidth
    Memory
    • Dual channel memory architecture
    • 4 x 184-pin DIMM sockets support max. 4GB DDR 333/400 non-ECC memory
    • 2 x 240-pin DIMM sockets support max. 4GB DDR2 533/400 non-ECC memory
    Storage
    • Intel ICH6R South Bridge
      • 1 x Ultra ATA 33/66/100 (data transfer rate up to 100MB/sec.)
      • 4 x SATA (Serial ATA 1.5Gbps interface)
      • Intel Matrix Storage Technology
      • Supports RAID 0, RAID 1
    • ITE IDE RAID controller
      • 2 x Ultra ATA 66/100/133 (data transfer rate up to 133MB/sec.)
      • Supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1 and JBOB
    Audio
    • Intel High Definition Audio (Azalia)
    • C-Media CMI9880 8-channel audio CODEC
    • Coaxial S/PDIF in/out on back I/O port
    Networking
    • 1 x Broadcom BCM5751KFB PCI Express Gigabit LAN
    • 1 x Marvell 88E8001 PCI Gigabit LAN
    • Wireless LAN
      • GN-WPKG PCI Wireless-G LAN Card (bundle)
      • 54 Mbps IEEE 802.11g and backwards compatible with 11 Mbps 802.11b
    IEEE 1394 (FireWire)
    • Texas Instruments TSB82AA2 1394b OHCI-Lynx Controller
    • Texas Instruments TSB81BA3 IEEE P1394b Three-Port Cable Transceiver Arbiter
    • 2 x 1394b ports @ 800 Mbps speed
    I/O Interface
    • 1 x Floppy connector
    • 3 x Ultra ATA IDE connectors
    • 8 x SATA connectors
    • 4 x USB 2.0 ports (4x rear, 4x bracket)
    • 2 x IEEE 1394b ports (bracket)
    • 2 x RJ45 LAN ports
    • 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Input
    • 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Output
    • 1 x FP-Audio header
    • 8-Channel Audio I/O ports
    • 1 x CD-IN
    • 1 x 9-pin serial port
    • 1 x parallel port (SPP/EPP/ECP)
    • 1 x mini-DIN-6 PS/2 mouse port
    • 1 x mini-DIN-6 PS/2 keyboard port
    Expansion Slots
    • 1 x PCI Express x16 slot
    • 3 x PCI Express x1 slots
    • 2 x PCI slots
    • 1 x DPS slot
    Special Features
    • Dual power system module : U-Plus D.P.S.
    • C.I.A. 2 (CPU Intelligent Accelerator 2)
    • M.I.B. 2 (Memory Intelligent Booster 2)
    • EasyTune™ 5
    • M.I.T. (Motherboard Intelligent Tweaker)
    • S.O.S. (System Overclock Saver)
    • C.O.M. (Corporate Online Management)
    • Miracle of Xpress3
    Others
    • Compatible with 20-pin ATX Power Connector (but 24-pin Power Connector recommended)
    PCB
    • ATX Form Factor, 12"x 9.6"(30.5cm x 24.4cm)
    BIOS
    • GIGABYTE DualBIOS
    • 2 x 4 Mb Flash ROM


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