NVIDIA's NFORCE3 250Gb - New Motherboards from MSI and EPoX

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Specifications of the EPoX EP-8KDA3+ & MSI K8N Neo Platinum


Specifications of the EPoX 8KDA3+
Plain But Powerful

Specifications for EP-8KDA3+:

•For Socket-754 based AMD Athlon 64 processors
•nVidia nForce3 250GB Host Controller
•1 Floppy drive controller - 2 serial ports - 1 parallel port
•AGP 8x for 1.5v graphics cards, 6 PCI slots
•2 standard IDE ports for ATA-133, backwards compatible with ATA-100/66
•2 S-ATA ports from onboard nVidia host controller with RAID
•nVRAID for combined P-ATA and S-ATA RAID
•4 extra S-ATA ports from Silicon Image Sil-3114 controller with RAID 0,1,and 10
(only on 8KDA3+)
•3 DDR SDRAM banks for Maximum 3 GB memory DDR333/400
•4 USB 2.0 ports, 4 extra by optional USB back-panel cables
•Multiphase power solution for increased stability, including 12v supply adaptation for CPU
8 channel Onboard sound from Realtek ALC850 Audio with Digital SPDIF and Automatic Jack Sensing feature (8KDA3+ adds optical output)
•On-chip Gigabit Ethernet 1000Mbps providing faster throughput than standard PCI Gigabit chips
•Hardware Firewall for internet protection against hackers
•Onboard P80P diagnostics LED
•Standard ATX format 305mm x 245mm x 40mm, ATX Size


The EPoX motherboard we received for review did not contain a retail bundle because it was an engineering sample.  To the right is a list of the package contents as listed on the EPoX website. •2 ultra ATA Round cables
•1 Floppy Cable
•S-ATA data and power cables
•User manual
•Multilingual Installation Guide
•1 I/O shield
•1 Driver CD with utilities and software including Norton Ghost and PC-Cillin


Specifications of the MSI K8N Neo Platinum
Looks to Thrill


•Supports 64-bit AMD Athlon™ 64 processor (Socket 754)
•Supports 3400+ or up

•nVIDIA nForce3 250Gb Chipset
- Supports Athlon™ 64 processor (Socket 754), 800MHz Hypertransport interface.
- Supports single memory channels, DDR 400/333/266 without ECC support.
- Supports external AGP 4X/8X
- Integrated Serial ATA interface: dual channel 4 S-ATA RAID controller and dual channel ATA 133/100/66/33 master mode EIDE controller.
- Integrated an nVIDIA MAC for Gigabit LAN.
- Supports 8 high speed USB2.0 ports.
- AC'97 2.3 compliance.

Main Memory
•Supports 3 slots for 184-pin DDR SDRAM DIMM modules.
•Supports the memory size up to 2GB.
•Supports DDR 400/333/266.

•One AGP (Accelerated Graphics Port) 1.5V 4X/8X slot
•Five 32-bit v2.3 Master PCI bus slots (support 3.3v/5v PCI bus interface).

•An IDE controller on the nVIDIA nForce3 250Gb chipset provides IDE HDD/CD-ROM with PIO, Bus Master and Ultra DMA133/100/66 operation modes.
- Can connect up to 4 IDE devices
•4 S-ATA RAID controller and dual channel ATA 133/100/66/33 master mode EIDE controller.
•Supoprt up to 4 SATA plus 4 ATA133 Hard drive
- RAID 0 or 1, 0+1
- RAID function work w/ATA133 + SATA H/Ds, SATA H/Ds or ATA133 H/Ds

•7.1 channel audio codec RealTek ALC850.
- Compliance with AC97 v2.3 Spec.
- Meet PC2001 audio performance requirement.

•nVIDIA nForce3 NV Gigabit LAN controller
- Integrated Fast Ethernet MAC and PHY in one chip.
- Supports 10Mb/s, 100Mb/s and 1000Mb/s auto-negotiation operation.
- Compliant with PCI v2.2.
- Supports ACPI Power Management.

•The mainboard BIOS provides "Plug & Play" BIOS which detects the peripheral devices and expansion cards of the board automatically.
•The mainboard provides a Desktop Management Interface (DMI) function which records your mainboard specifications.

•Supports up to 3 x 1394 ports.
- Transfer rate is up to 400Mbps
- Controlled by VIA VT6306 chipset

On-Board Peripherals
- 1 floppy port supports 1 FDD with 360K, 720K, 1.2M, 1.44M and 2.88Mbytes
- 1 serial port
- 1 parallel port supports SPP/EPP/ECP mode
- 1 audio jack (5-in-1), coaxial/fibre SPDIF out
- 1 IrDA connector for SIR/ASKIR/HPSIR
- 8 USB 2.0 ports (Rear x 4 / Front x 4)
- 1 RJ45 LAN jack
- 3 IEEE 1394 connectors (Rear x 1/ Front x 2)

D Bracket 2
Serial ATA Power Adapter
2 pcs Serial ATA Cables
Round Cable
IEEE1394 Cable

Like the EPoX board, the MSI model we received came with a sample bundle and may vary from the version released to the public.  Below is a list of the expected bundle content posted on the MSI website.

•User Guide
•Drivers/Setup CD
•D Bracket 2
•Serial ATA Power Adapter
•2 pcs Serial ATA Cables
•Round Cable
•IEEE1394 Cable


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