|Type / Chipset
||Socket 754 / nVidia nForce3 250 Chipset
|+ 10 mm (40 mm radius)
around the socket to the next capacitor or other parts of the mainboard
- for further information see Fit
The overall size is 305 x 245mm.
|| ++ 5x pci, 1x AGP (1.5V
4x/8x), 3x DDR PC1600 - PC3200 (max. 3GB RAM)
+++++ 1x Floppy, 4x UDMA133 GigaRAID
IT82112F (RAID 0/1/0+1),
4x SATA150 SIL 3512CT128 (RAID 0/1/0+1), 2x serial (1x internal),
1x parallel, 2x PS/2,
onBoard 10/100/1000 Mbps base-T Ethernet, 8x USB 2.0/1.1 (4x internal
incl. mounting bracket),
2x IEEE 1394 (incl. mounting bracket), 1x Gameport, 8-Channel AC'97
RealTek ALC850 onboard
(1x int. Aux, 1x ext. S/PDIF, ext. Line in, ext. Mic, ext. Line
out, int. Rear out, int. Center)
and 3x fan connectors.
||++++ BIOS between 0.80
Volt and 1.7 Volt in steps of 0.025 Volt / Jumper not available
||++++ BIOS between 5x and
25x / Jumper not available
||++++ BIOS between 200 and
455 MHz (AGP 66 - 100 MHz) / Jumper not available
||++++ VDDR +0.1 - +0.2 /
VDDQ +0.1 - +0.3 / VCC12HT +0.1 - +0.3
||++++ Ratings with HIS
Excalibur Radeon 9600 Pro graphic card and Catalyst 3.6 !
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ 3815 points with 3DMark 2003 and 19300 points
with 3DMark 2000
|+++++ Very well readable,
complete motherboard inscription, a very detailed motherboard manual,
GigaRAID manual, SATA RAID manual in English and a short adhesive
label overview to paste
on to or into the PC.
++++ The GA-K8NS pro socket 754 board
has at present a price of approx. 80 euro (05/2005)
and is appropriate thereby in the middle range of all socket 754
But if we take look at the equipment, the features and the provided
this isn't a middle class motherboard at all.
I can only be astonished, which did lately with the motherboards,
because the equipment
characteristics were really enormously extended and Gigabyte shows
with the GA-K8NS pro
that the price doesn't have to be higher.
But let us begin with the accessories. this socket 754 based mobo
is shipped with 2 S-ATA cables,
2 S-ATA power cables, 3 UDMA cables, an ATX screen, a SPDIF bracket,
a combined Firewire
and USB bracket and beside the Tools CD also some manuals, which
could be hardly exemplary.
Furthermore it's worth to see the other Addons, because beside perfectly
sockets and connections (see picture), a new developed AGP fixing
clip, which solves to laterally
is pulled (in the picture on the right of above), an active chipset
radiator and a Backup BIOS chip
(in the picture right down) the board still has some more to offer.
The equipment is really praise-worth, since Gigabyte spend the
GA-K8NS pro a Serial ATA RAID
Controller and an UDMA 133 RAID Controller for conventional IDE
hard disk drives.
The variety in RAID combinations and the possible capacity with
the handling of up to 12 HDDs
know nearly no bounds!
Besides Gigabyte gave the board also a 8-channel ALC850 sound chip
and two IEEE1394 Firewire
connections beside the 8 USB connections.
As we see, the equipment is really fantastic and we are not arrived
at the end with the
additional features ...
In the BIOS are various voltage and frequency settings, the possibility
of fan control
with extensive temperature monitoring up to the change of the BIOS
BTW. all BIOS points are deposited with extensive assistance.
Solely the manual selection of the memory frequency wasn't discoverable
and a strange
phenomenon during the manual input of the host frequency was to
With the used BIOS version in the test the board was operated during
manual input of
e.g. 220 MHz erroneously with 420 MHz, which is naturally not healthy
and of course not running.
But I am confident that Gigabyte will repair this bug certainly
soon with a new BIOS version and
in the meantime we better should change the frequency over dropdown
fields in the BIOS or
with the provided Windows software.
Apropos host frequency, the BIOS permits a maximally possible frequency
of 455 MHz!
Of course it's not possible to reach this maximum frequency, but
it's really hard to overcome
a temptation of overlocking with the well cooled chip set :-)
Conclusion: You'll get tears of joy with the Gigabyte GA-K8NS pro
socket 754 motherboard
when you see the features, accessories and even the affectionate
work of the manual and BIOS.
And despite the so far best equipment the motherboard have at present
a favourable price
of approx. 80 euro (05/2005) - respect !
With as much praise for this Gigabyte GA-K8NS pro motherboard with
such a favourable price
does not lead a way at an honor with the OverClocking price tip
03/2005 Award of ocinside.de
which earned Gigabyte hereby fairly.
Special thanks to Gigabyte
for their support.
**** All Socket 754 mainboard tests since 01.08.2004 are based on an
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ with a HIS Excalibur
Radeon 9600 Pro graphic card, Kingmax 256 MB PC2700 memory module and
the following software configuration:
Windows 98 SE, DirectX 9b, Catalyst 3.6 graphic driver and 3DMark 2003.
Since all benchmark results should only offer a comparison among themselves,
I select Win 98 SE for a faster OS installation which is of course not
the usual OS for Athlon 64 systems but enough for a comparison.