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NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra Shootout : Chaintech VNF4 Ultra
By Zachary Chan
Category : Mainboard
Published by Vijay Anand on Wednesday, 25th May, 2005


Chaintech VNF4 Ultra (Introduction)

Chaintech's product line-up for the nForce4 chipset is decidedly slim with only two models available, the VNF4 and VNF4 Ultra. However, this may turn out to be good news for the budget constrained as both boards belong to Chaintech's ZENITH VE (Value Edition) series. While the very mention of 'value' may scare away hardcore enthusiasts, we take a look at what Chaintech offers the rest of us who wants to own a piece of new technology but can do without the excess features and marketing pomp. Both variants are essentially identical except for the chipset employed, nForce4 for the VNF4 and nForce4 Ultra for the VNF4 Ultra respectively.

The Chaintech VNF4 Ultra motherboard.

Packaging contents include the following items:-
  • 2 x SATA data cables
  • 1 x SATA power converter cable (dual plugs)
  • 1 x 80-conductor Ultra ATA data cable
  • 1 x floppy drive data cable
  • I/O shield
  • Driver CD
  • Value Pack CD
  • User's manual

    Chaintech VNF4 Ultra Technical Specifications.
    CPU Support
    • Supports AMD socket 939 Athlon 64 CPU
    • Supports AMD socket 939 Athlon 64 FX CPU
    • Supports AMD Cool 'n' Quiet Technology
    Chipset
    • NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra MCP
      • Bi-directional 1GHz (2000MT/s) HyperTransport interface to processor
      • 20 lanes fixed PCI Express configuration
      • Supports up to 6 PCI  v2.3 slots
      • Supports up to ten USB 2.0 ports
      • Dual controller SATA II architecture
      • Dual-channel Ultra ATA-133 IDE controller
      • IEEE 802.3 NVIDIA MAC for 1000BASE-T
    Memory
    • Dual channel memory architecture integrated into processor
    • Four 184-pin DDR DIMM sockets
    • Supports 2.5v DDR SDRAM DIMM modules
    • Supports up to 4GB using PC1600 (DDR200), PC2100 (DDR266), PC2700 (DDR333) and PC3200 (DDR400) unbuffered DDR SDRAM DIMM
    Storage
    • NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra MCP
      • 4 x Ultra ATA 33/66/100/133 (data transfer rate up to 133MB/sec.)
      • 4 x SATA II (Serial ATA II 3.0Gbps interface)
      • NVIDIA MediaShield Technology
      • Supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1
      • Supports RAID Morphing
      • Supports cross-controller RAID
    Audio
    • Realtek ALC850 8-channel audio CODEC
    Networking
    • NVIDIA Gigabit LAN co-supported by Vittesse SimplyPHY VSC8201 PHY chip (Transceiver)
    I/O Interface
    • 1 x Floppy connector
    • 2 x Ultra ATA IDE connectors
    • 4 x SATA II connectors
    • 10 x USB 2.0 ports (4 x rear, 6 x header)
    • 1 x RJ45 LAN port
    • 8-Channel Audio I/O ports
    • 1 x CD-IN
    • 2 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 PCIe x16 slots, PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a compliant
    • 2 x PCIe x1 slots, PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a compliant
    • 3 x 32-bit PCI slots, PCI 2.3 compliant
    PCB
    • ATX Form Factor, 12"x 8.6"(30.5cm x 22cm)
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