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Motherboard Comparison Table

Athlon On The Fast Lane: Three Motherboards with nForce2-Chipset and Dual-Channel DDR
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Manufacturer Asus Chaintech Leadtek
Model A7N8X Zenith Series CT-7NJS Winfast K7NCR18D
Chipset
Socket nVIDIA nForce2 nVIDIA nForce2 nVIDIA nForce2
Clock (CPU/Bus) 2255.1 / 334.09 2255.1 / 334.09 2255.1 / 334.09
Northbridge nForce2 SPP nForce2 SPP nForce2 SPP
Southbridge nForce2 MCP-T nForce2 MCP-T nForce2 MCP-T
Northbridge Fan no yes no
Form Factor ATX ATX ATX
Memory
Maximum RAM 3072 MB 3072 MB 3072 MB
DIMM-Sockets 3 3 3
Memory Type DDR SDRAM DDR SDRAM DDR SDRAM
Memory Frequencies DDR200, DDR266, DDR333, DDR400 DDR200, DDR266, DDR333, DDR400 DDR200, DDR266, DDR333, DDR400
ECC-Support no no no
Standard Components
Size (LxH) 305 x 245 mm ? 304.8 x 243.2 mm
PCI Slots 5x PCI 2.2 32 Bit 5x PCI 2.2 32 Bit 4x PCI 2.2 32 Bit
AGP AGP 3.0 / 8x AGP 3.0 / 8x AGP 3.0 / 8x
AGP Card Lock no yes yes
ACR / AMR / CNR no / no / no yes / no / no yes / no / no
Parallel Ports 1 1 1
Serial Ports 2 2 2
USB 2.0 internal/external 2 / 4 4 / 2 4 / 2
Fan Headers 3 3 3
IDE Controller 2x UltraATA/133 2x UltraATA/133 2x UltraATA/133
Additional Components
Piezo Speaker OnBoard yes no no
Wake on LAN (WOL) yes yes yes
Wake on Modem (WOM) yes yes yes
IrDA-Port yes yes yes
Chassis Intrusion Detection yes yes yes
Temperature Monitoring yes yes yes
Fan Status Monitoring yes yes yes
Network Controller Realtek RTL8201, 2x ICS 1893Y ?
IDE RAID Controller Silicon Image Sil3112 Promise PDC20376 SATA -
Firewire-Controller nForce2 / Realtek RTL8801B nForce2 / Realtek RTL8801 nForce2 / Agere FW803
SCSI-Controller - - -
Sound System
Type AC97 / MCP-T PCI / MCP-T AC97 / MCP-T
Manufacturer / Chip Realtek ALC650 C-Media CMI8738 Realtek ALC650
Surround Sound 6 Channels, Dolby Digital 6 Channels, Dolby Digital 6 Channels, Dolby Digital
External Connectors In, Out, Mic, Surround, Center, SPDIF-out In, Out, Mic In, Out, Mic
Internal Connectors CD-in, AUX-in CD1-in, CD2-in, AUX-in CD1-in, CD2-in, AUX-in
Setup
CPU Config BIOS Jumper + BIOS Jumper + BIOS
Selectable Multipliers 6.5 - 17.0 - -
FSB Range / Increments 100 - 211 / 1 100 - 200 / 1 100 - 200 / 1
AGP clock 66 - 100 MHz 50 - 100 MHz 50 - 100 MHz
Voltage
Vcore Range / Increments 1.65 - 1.85 V / 0.025 V 1.4 - 2.150 V / 0.025 V 1.1 - 2.0 / 0.025 V
Vram / Increments 2.6 / 2.7 / 2.8 V 2.7 - 3.2 V / 0.1 V + 0.1 V / + 0.2 V
Vchipset / Increments Vagp 1.5 / 1.6 / 1.7 V Vagp 1.6 - 2.0 V / 0.1 V -
Board and BIOS Details
Bios Award/Phoenix Award/Phoenix Award/Phoenix
Version 1015 Beta 003 - -
Date Nov 1, 2002 Nov 1, 2002 Nov 6, 2002
Motherboard Revision 1.03 ? ?
Boot Devices Floppy, LS120, SCSI, CD, IDE, ZIP, LAN2 Floppy, LS120, HD, SCSI, CDROM/DVD, ZIP, USB-ZIP, USB-FDD, USB-CDROM, UDB-HDD, LAN Floppy, LS120, SCSI, CD, IDE, ZIP, LAN2
Manual Interrupt Assignment no yes no
Special Features Speech Post Reporter, Q-Fan - -
Shared Interrupts ? ? ?
Clock Generator nForce2 nForce2 nForce2
Miscellaneous
Layout Issues CD/AUX connectors directly behind PCI slot IDE connectors in front of PCI slots, floppy connector at the very bottom IDE connectors in front of PCI slots
Model Variations - - -
Shipment / Utilities
Manual / Quality short, complete comprehensive complete
Languages English English, comprehensive English
Quick Setup Guide 12 languages yes no
Cables 1x IDE-80, 1x IDE-40, 1x Floppy, 2x SATA 2x IDE-80 round, 1x Floppy round, 1x optical digital, 2x SATA 1x IDE-80, 1x Floppy
Adapters COM2, Game port, 2x USB, 2x Firewire 2x Firewire, optical digital in/out 1x Firewire, 1x SPDIF
Software PC-cillin 2002 Anti Virus, PC Probe Adobe Acrobat 5, Adobe Active Share, Norton Anti Virus 2002 Adobe Acrobat 5, Speed Gear, Ulead Video Studio 6, Ulead Cool3D SE
Miscellaneous Asus Live Update, ATX cover included audio can only be disabled by jumpers, key fob included, ATX cover included ATX cover included
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