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Gigabyte GA-8KNXP Ultra (Intel 875P)
By CPU-zilla
Category : Mainboard
Published by Jimmy Tang on Monday, 14th April, 2003
Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars  

DPS Comes To Canterwood

When Gigabyte first unveiled its Dual Power System on the GA-8INXP (Granite Bay) board, a lot of users felt it was a rather unique concept that satisfies the overclocker's need for a more stable system. It was indeed a rather innovative power delivery design that's aimed to ensure enough power was delivered to the CPU and that it will continue to support future power hungry processors.

Soon after that, Gigabyte began integrating this feature into most of their flagship models, which included the SINXP1394 (based on the SiS 655). Now with the new 875P chipset, a few of us wondered if it would ever make it to the board's design. Sure enough, Gigabyte never failed to amaze us with yet another DPS capable board for the Pentium 4 platform.

The new GA-8KNXP Ultra is Gigabyte's latest motherboard to hit town with a full array of features that's simply quite breathtaking. Packed with a lot of interesting and useful features, the GA-8KNXP Ultra's design is simply targeted for the super power user as those thinking to purchase this board would have probably planned to built their ultimate dream system.

Well, before we get down to all the juicy details, let's all take a moment and drool over the board's full technical specifications below :-

Gigabyte GA-8KNXP Ultra Technical Specifications
  • Socket 478 for Intel® Pentium 4 / Celeron processors
  • Intel® Pentium 4 Processors 2.4GHz - 3.06GHz or higher (533MHz FSB)
  • Intel® Pentium 4 Processors 2.4GHz - 3.0GHz or higher (800MHz FSB)
  • Supports processors at 533 / 800MHz front side bus
  • Supports processors with Hyper-Threading technology
  • Intel 875P Memory Controller Hub
    • AGP 4x/8x slot (1.5V only) with fast write capability
    • Supports 533/800MHz Intel NetBurst micro-architecture bus
    • Supports up to 4GB of DDR333 or DDR400 SDRAM memory
    • Supports single/dual channel memory configuration
    • Supports ECC memory
  • Intel ICH5R I/O Controller Hub
    • Eight high-speed USB 2.0 ports
    • 2x Serial ATA/150 ports
    • Dual channel Ultra ATA/100 IDE bus master controller
    • PCI bus mastering v2.3
    • I/O APIC
    • Serial ATA/150 RAID 0
    • Supports both ACPI and legacy APM power management
Cache memory
  • CPU Built-in 512KB (Northwood) L2 cache for Pentium 4
System memory
  • 6 x 184-pin DDR SDRAM DIMM
  • Supports up to 4GB of unbuffered and non-registered single/double-sided DDR333 / DDR400 SDRAM memory
  • Supports 2.5V DDR SDRAM
  • Supports 64-bit ECC type DRAM integrity mode
  • Supports dual channel DDR400 / DDR333 memory configuration
  • 2x Ultra ATA-66/100 IDE ports integrated in ICH5R (up to 4 devices)
    • Support for PIO, Ultra DMA-33, Ultra ATA-66/100 IDE operating modes
  • 2x Serial ATA/150 ports supported by ICH5R
    • Up to 150MB/s transfer speeds
    • Supports RAID 0 configuration
  • 2x Ultra ATA-100/133 IDE ports (supported by ITE GigaRAID controller)
    • Supports RAID 0, 1, 0+1 and JBOD configuration
    • Supports up to four IDE devices
I/O Interface
  • 1x floppy port (360KB - 2.88MB)
  • 2x serial port
  • 1x parallel port (SPP/EPP/ECP)
  • PS/2 Keyboard
  • PS/2 Mouse
  • 8x USB 2.0 ports (4x rear and 4x front by cable)
  • 1x Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) LAN jack (powered by Intel 82547EI)
  • 1x IrDA connector for IR
  • Audio connectors (Line In, Line Out and MIC In) - supported by AD1985 codec with EZ-Jack Sensing feature
  • 3x fan headers
  • 1x Game port header
Expansion slots
  • 5x 32-bit PCI slots, PCI 2.3 compliant
  • 1x AGP Pro 2x/4x/8x slot (0.8V/1.5V only)
On-board SCSI RAID
  • Based on Adaptec AIC-7902W controller
  • Ultra320 (320MB/s per channel) SCSI interface
  • Supports disk striping (RAID 0) and mirroring (RAID 1)
Power Management
  • Supports ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface)
Form Factor
  • ATX Form Factor : 30.5cm x 24.4cm, six-layer PCB
  • Fits into regular ATX case
  • 2x 4Mbit (512KB) Flash EEPROM
  • Award Flash BIOS with PnP, ACPI, WOL, WOM and DMI support
  • Multi-boot on ZIP, ATAPI CD-ROM, SCSI, SATA, IDE #1, #2, #3, #4

The Gigabyte GA-8KNXP Ultra retail box.

Inside the package, you'll find the following items :-

  • The GA-8KNXP Ultra motherboard
  • CD for motherboard driver & utility
  • GA-8KNXP Ultra user's manual
  • Quick PC installation guide
  • ITE GigaRAID manual
  • SCSI RAID manual
  • I/O Shield
  • 3 x Ultra ATA-133 cable
  • Floppy drive cable
  • 2 x serial ATA cable
  • SCSI cable with five 68-pin connectors (one end terminated)
  • 2 x Two-port USB 2.0 bracket
  • DPS2 power module
  • Audio combo kit (surround + S/PDIF out)
  • Motherboard settings label
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