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Gigabyte GA-K8NSNXP-939: Bundle & Specifications

The Gigabyte K8NSNXP-939 is a limited edition motherboard that is part of Gigabyte's "6-Dual Deluxe" line of products.  The "6-Dual" products are equipped with multiple peripherals such as dual BIOS EPROMS, dual RAID controllers, and dual LAN.  Unlike the streamlined ABIT AV8, however, Gigabyte has packed the K8NSNXP-939 with as many bells and whistles as possible.  This is arguably the most feature-rich motherboard in this roundup, but some notable items such as ABIT's diagnostic LEDs or the K8T's bundled wireless network adapter are absent...


Specifications Of The Gigabyte K8NSNXP-939
A Fully Loaded nForce 3
_Socket 939 for AMD Athlon64/ 64 FX

_NVIDIA nForce3 Ultra Platform Processor
_Super I/O: ITE IT8712F chip

Integrated peripherals
_Silicon Image sil3512 controller
_T.I. IEEE1394b controller
_Marvell 8001 Gigabit Ethernet controller
_ICS 1883 LAN PHY chip
_Realtek ALC850 Audio AC'97 Codec

_Type: Dual channel DDR400/ 333/ 266 -184pin
_Max capacity: Up to 4GB by four DIMM slots

Internal I/O Connectors
_4 x Serial ATA connector
_2 x UDMA ATA 133/100/66 Bus Master IDE connectors
_1 x FDD connector
_2 x USB 2.0/1.1 connectors (supports 4 ports)
_2 x IEEE 1394b connectors (supports 3 ports)
_S/PDIF input/output pin header
_3 x cooling fan pin headers
_CD/AUX in
_1 x Game/Midi connector

_2 X 4M bit flash ROM, Award BIOS

_1 x Line-in / 1 x Line-out / 1 x Mic connector
Expansion Slots
_1 x AGP slot (8x/4x-AGP 3.0 compliant), supports 1.5v display card only
_5 x PCI slots (PCI 2.3 compliant)

Rear Panel I/O
_PS/2 Keyboard / Mouse
_4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
_2 x RJ45 ports
_2 x COM ports
_1 x LPT

CPU/AGP/DIMM setting
_CPU FSB / Multiplier / Vcore Voltage adjustable via BIOS
_AGP Voltage / Clock adjustable via BIOS
_DIMM Voltage / Clock adjustable via BIOS

_ATX power connector and ATX 12V connector
_Power-off by Windows 98/ Me/ 2000/ XP shut down and switch

Form Factor
_ATX form factor
_30.5 x 24.4 cm

H/W Monitoring
_System health status auto-detect and report by BIOS
_Hardware detecting and reporting for case open, CPU voltage, and fan speed

Other Features
_Xpress Installation
_Xpress Recovery



Bundled in with the K8NSNXP-939, Gigabyte shipped a nice assortment of manuals, cables, and brackets.  Gigabyte included a detailed hardware installation guide and a quick reference pamphlet, along with two decent user's manuals outlining the motherboard's main features and clearly explaining the intricacies of the K8NSNXP-939's RAID functions.  The RAID manual is a welcome addition because this board (and the K8N Neo2 Platinum) has the abilty to set up RAID arrays across both the SATA and PATA controllers.  With this added layer of complexity, having a manual to reference will be quite useful for some users.  There were also three SATA cables, three Molex-to-SATA power adapters, a floppy cable, and an 80-Wire IDE cable included with this board, along with a custom I/O shield and four case brackets.  The case brackets complement the K8NSNXP-939's on-board audio, add an additional four USB connectors, two FireWire connectors, and two external SATA connectors.

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