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Chaintech Zenith 9CJS (Intel 875P)
By CPU-zilla
Category : Mainboard
Published by Jimmy Tang on Friday, 11th July, 2003
Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars  

The Zenith Advantage

Chaintech has always been known for its unique brand and packaging that most of us have gotten quite used to already. Their motherboards are usually packaged in a huge well-designed box that exudes charm, professionalism and quality. The new Chaintech 9CJS Zenith is their latest 875P-based motherboard for the latest range of Intel Pentium 4 processors with an 800MHz FSB.

The Chaintech 9CJS Zenith motherboard comes with more than just the usual set of frills that you would so often find in other motherboards. The 9CJS Zenith is positioned as a really high-end product with very specific usage models in mind, mainly for those who might use the board to set up a high-end multimedia system, or simply for those that requires all the best connectivities built into a single platform. At first glance, the board might look plain to the untrained eye, but upon closer inspection, the Chaintech 9CJS Zenith is quite a shocker. In addition to the cool features, you'll find gold plated connectors lining every single connector of the motherboard - something that puts the product a class above others.

Before we go into the features of the motherboard, let's look at the technical specifications of the board in the table below.

Chaintech Zenith 9CJS Technical Specifications
  • Socket 478 for Intel® Pentium 4 / Celeron processors
  • Intel® Celeron Processors 1.7GHz - 2.0GHz or higher (400MHz FSB)
  • Intel® Pentium 4 Processors 2.4GHz - 3.06GHz or higher (533MHz FSB)
  • Intel® Pentium 4 Processors 2.4GHz - 3.2GHz or higher (800MHz FSB)
  • Supports processors at 400 / 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 Performance Acceleration Technology (PAT)
    • 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
    • Supports SATA RAID 0
    • Dual channel Ultra ATA/100 IDE bus master controller
    • PCI bus mastering v2.3
    • I/O APIC
    • Supports both ACPI and legacy APM power management
Cache memory
  • CPU Built-in 128KB L2 cache for Celeron
  • CPU Built-in 512KB (Northwood) L2 cache for Pentium 4
System memory
  • 4x 184-pin DDR SDRAM DIMM
  • Supports up to 4GB of unbuffered and non-registered single/double-sided DDR266/333/400 SDRAM memory
  • Supports 2.5V DDR SDRAM
  • Supports dual-channel DDR400 / DDR333 / DDR266 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 software RAID 0
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 Fast Ethernet (RJ-45) jack (powered by Realtek RTL8101L)
  • Audio connectors (Line In, Line Out and MIC In) - powered by VIA Envy24PT
  • 3x fan headers
  • 1x WOL (Wake on LAN)
  • 1x WOM (Wake on Modem)
  • 1x IrDA header for SIR
  • 1x CMR (Chaintech Multimedia Riser) for Chaintech Multimedia Card (CMC 7.1)
Expansion slots
  • 5x 32-bit master PCI slots, PCI 2.3 compliant (supports 3.3V and 5V PCI bus interface)
  • 1x AGP 4x/8x slot (0.8V/1.5V only)
Power Management
  • Supports ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) v2.0
Form Factor
  • ATX Form Factor : 30.5cm x 24.4cm
  • Fits into regular ATX case
  • 4Mbit (512KB) Flash EEPROM
  • Award Flash BIOS with PnP, APM, ACPI, DMI and multi-device booting support
  • Multi-boot on ZIP, ATAPI CD-ROM, SCSI, SATA, IDE #1, #2, #3, #4

The board comes with the standard amount of PCI slots.

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

  • The Zenith 9CJS motherboard
  • An I/O shield
  • 2x rounded IDE cable
  • Rounded floppy cable
  • 2x Serial ATA cable
  • Serial ATA power cable
  • Chaintech Multimedia Card
  • Fibre optical cable (with a Toslink to miniplug converter)
  • 5.25-inch CBOX3 I/O bay (with 2x USB cable, front audio cable, 80-port 10-pin cable, 1394 8-pin cable and Zenith emblem)
  • Handigator
  • Manuals (User's Guide and EZ manual)
  • Digidoc 80-port POST error code list
  • CDs (driver and software value-pack)
  • A packet of thermal compound

    The Chaintech 9CJS Zenith packaging.
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