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NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra Shootout : ECS KN1 Extreme
By Zachary Chan
Category : Mainboard
Published by Vijay Anand on Thursday, 26th May, 2005


ECS KN1 Extreme (Introduction)

Mention ECS (Elitegroup Computer Systems) and one would probably think of grandiose features and bold proclamations. ECS has in the past delivered many unique and hybrid technologies to allow their products to work on the widest range of hardware available. While these innovations came at a slight cost to performance, they benefited users who wanted seamless upgrade paths and no hassles. Not surprisingly, their contender for our nForce4 Ultra motherboard shootout also exhibited the sttyle we were accustomed from ECS.

The ECS KN1 Extreme motherboard.

Packaging contents include the following items:-
  • 4 x SATA data cables
  • 1 x SATA power converter cable (dual plugs)
  • 2 x rounded 80-conductor Ultra ATA data cable
  • 1 x rounded floppy drive data cable
  • 1 x RJ-45 cable
  • IEEE 1394b (2 ports) and USB 2.0 (2 ports) bracket
  • 802.11g Wireless LAN USB dongle (optional)
  • USB cradle for WLAN dongle (optional)
  • I/O shield
  • Driver CDs
  • Software CD
  • User's manual

    ECS KN1 Extreme 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
    • SiS 180 RAID controller
      • 2 x SATA (Serial ATA 1.5Gbps interface)
      • 2 x Ultra ATA 33/66/100/133 (data transfer rate up to 133MB/sec.)
      • Supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1
    Audio
    • Realtek ALC655 6-channel audio CODEC
    • Optical and Coaxial S/PDIF Out
    Networking
    • Dual LAN ports
      • NVIDIA Gigabit LAN co-supported by Marvell Alaska 88E1111 PHY chip (Transceiver)
      • Realtek RTL8100C PCI 10/100 LAN
    IEEE 1394 (FireWire)
    • Texas Instruments TSB43AB22A
    • 2 x 1394a ports @ 400 Mbps speed
    I/O Interface
    • 1 x Floppy connector
    • 3 x Ultra ATA IDE connectors
    • 4 x SATA II connectors
    • 2 x SATA connectors
    • 10 x USB 2.0 ports (4 x rear, 2 x bracket, 4 x header)
    • 2 x IEEE 1394a ports (2 x bracket)
    • 2 x RJ45 LAN port
    • 1 x Optical S/PDIF Output
    • 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Output 
    • 6-Channel Audio I/O ports
    • 1 x CD-IN
    • 1 x 9-pin serial port
    • 1 x parallel port (header)
    • 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
    Special Features
    • Dr. LED
    • PCI Extreme
    • Top-Hat Flash
    PCB
    • ATX Form Factor, 12"x 9.6"(30.5cm x 24.4cm)
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