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Motherboard Comparison Table

More nForce2: New Boards from Abit, Biostar and MSI
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Abit Asus Biostar Chaintech Leadtek MSI
Model NF7-S A7N8X M7NCG Zenith Series CT-7NJS Winfast K7NCR18D K7N2-L
Chipset
Socket nVIDIA nForce2 nVIDIA nForce2 nVIDIA nForce2 nVIDIA nForce2 nVIDIA nForce2 nVIDIA nForce2
Clock (CPU/Bus) 2255.1 / 334.09 2255.1 / 334.09 2255.1 / 334.09 2255.1 / 334.09 2255.1 / 334.09 2271.23 / 336.48
Northbridge nForce2 SPP nForce2 SPP nForce2 SPP nForce2 SPP nForce2 SPP nForce2 SPP
Southbridge nForce2 MCP-T nForce2 MCP-T nForce2 MCP-T nForce2 MCP-T nForce2 MCP-T nForce2 MCP-T
Northbridge Fan no no yes yes no no
Form Factor ATX ATX Micro ATX ATX ATX ATX
Memory
Maximum RAM 3072 MB 3072 MB 3072 MB 3072 MB 3072 MB 3072 MB
DIMM-Sockets 3 3 3 3 3 3
Memory Type DDR SDRAM DDR SDRAM DDR SDRAM DDR SDRAM DDR SDRAM DDR SDRAM
Memory Frequencies DDR200, DDR266, DDR333, DDR400 DDR200, DDR266, DDR333, DDR400 DDR200, DDR266, DDR333, DDR400 DDR200, DDR266, DDR333, DDR400 DDR200, DDR266, DDR333, DDR400 DDR200, DDR266, DDR333, DDR400
ECC-Support no no no no no no
Standard Components
Size (LxH) 305 x 245 mm 305 x 245 mm ? ? 304.8 x 243.2 mm
PCI Slots 5x PCI 2.2 32 Bit 5x PCI 2.2 32 Bit 3x PCI 2.2 32 Bit 5x PCI 2.2 32 Bit 4x PCI 2.2 32 Bit 5x PCI 2.2 32 Bit
AGP AGP 3.0 / 8x AGP 3.0 / 8x AGP 3.0 / 8x AGP 3.0 / 8x AGP 3.0 / 8x AGP 3.0 / 8x
AGP Card Lock yes no yes yes yes yes
ACR / AMR / CNR no / no / no no / no / no no / no / yes yes / no / no yes / no / no yes / no / no
Parallel Ports 1 1 1 1 1 1
Serial Ports 2 2 1 2 2 1
USB 2.0 internal/external 4 / 2 2 / 4 4 / 2 4 / 2 4 / 2 4 / 2
Fan Headers 3 3 2 3 3 2
IDE Controller 2x UltraATA/133 2x UltraATA/133 2x UltraATA/133 2x UltraATA/133 2x UltraATA/133 2x UltraATA/133
Additional Components
Piezo Speaker OnBoard no yes no no no no
Wake on LAN (WOL) no yes yes yes yes no
Wake on Modem (WOM) no yes no yes yes no
IrDA-Port yes yes yes yes yes no
Chassis Intrusion Detection no yes no yes yes no
Temperature Monitoring yes yes yes yes yes yes
Fan Status Monitoring yes yes yes yes yes yes
Network Controller Realtek RTL8201 Realtek RTL8201, 2x Realtek RTL8201 ICS 1893Y ? yes
IDE RAID Controller Silicon Image Sil3112 Silicon Image Sil3112 - Promise PDC20376 SATA - Promise PDC20376, optional
Firewire-Controller nForce2 / Realtek RTL8801B nForce2 / Realtek RTL8801B nForce2 / Realtek RTL8801B nForce2 / Realtek RTL8801 nForce2 / Agere FW803 optional
SCSI-Controller - - - - - -
Sound System
Type AC97 / MCP-T AC97 / MCP-T AC97 / MCP-T PCI / MCP-T AC97 / MCP-T AC97 / MCP-T
Manufacturer / Chip Realtek ALC650 Realtek ALC650 Realtek ALC650 C-Media CMI8738 Realtek ALC650 Realtek ALC650
Surround Sound 6 Channels, Dolby Digital 6 Channels, Dolby Digital 6 Channels, Dolby Digital 6 Channels, Dolby Digital 6 Channels, Dolby Digital 6 Channels, Dolby Digital
External Connectors In, Out, Mic, Surround, Center, SPDIF-out In, Out, Mic, Surround, Center, SPDIF-out In, Out, Mic, Surround, Center, SPDIF-out In, Out, Mic In, Out, Mic In, Out, Mic
Internal Connectors CD-in, AUX-in CD-in, AUX-in CD-in, AUX-in CD1-in, CD2-in, AUX-in CD1-in, CD2-in, AUX-in CD-in
Setup
CPU Config BIOS BIOS Jumper + BIOS Jumper + BIOS Jumper + BIOS BIOS
Selectable Multipliers - 6.5 - 17.0 - - - auto
FSB Range / Increments 100 - 237 / 1 100 - 211 / 1 100 - 200 / 1 100 - 200 / 1 100 - 200 / 1 100 - 200 / 1
AGP clock 66 - 100 MHz 66 - 100 MHz 50 - 100 MHz 50 - 100 MHz 50 - 100 MHz 50 - 100 MHz
Voltage
Vcore Range / Increments 1.1 - 1.85 / 0.05 V 1.65 - 1.85 V / 0.025 V 1.25 - 2.0 / 0.025 V 1.4 - 2.150 V / 0.025 V 1.1 - 2.0 / 0.025 V 1.55 - 1.80 / 0.025 V
Vram / Increments 2.4 - 2.7 / 0.1 V 2.6 / 2.7 / 2.8 V 2.5 - 2.8 / 0.1 V 2.7 - 3.2 V / 0.1 V + 0.1 V / + 0.2 V 2.5 / 2.6 / 2.7 V
Vchipset / Increments 1.4 - 1.7 / 0.1 V Vagp 1.5 / 1.6 / 1.7 V 1.6 - 1.9 / 0.1 V Vagp 1.6 - 2.0 V / 0.1 V - Vagp 1.5 / 1.6 / 1.7 V
Board and BIOS Details
Bios Award/Phoenix Award/Phoenix Award/Phoenix Award/Phoenix Award/Phoenix Award/Phoenix
Version 1.2 1015 Beta 003 - - - 3.0 B11
Date Nov 29, 2002 Nov 1, 2002 Dec 20, 2002 Nov 1, 2002 Nov 6, 2002 Dec 16, 2002
Motherboard Revision 1.0 1.03 1.0 ? ? 1
Boot Devices Floppy, LS120, HD, SCSI, CDROM/DVD, ZIP, USB-ZIP, USB-FDD, USB-CDROM, UDB-HDD, LAN Floppy, LS120, SCSI, CD, IDE, ZIP, LAN Floppy, LS120, HD, SCSI, CDROM/DVD, ZIP, USB-ZIP, USB-FDD, USB-CDROM, UDB-HDD, LAN Floppy, LS120, HD, SCSI, CDROM/DVD, ZIP, USB-ZIP, USB-FDD, USB-CDROM, UDB-HDD, LAN Floppy, LS120, SCSI, CD, IDE, ZIP, LAN Floppy, LS120, HD, SCSI, CDROM/DVD, ZIP, USB-ZIP, USB-FDD, USB-CDROM, UDB-HDD, LAN
Manual Interrupt Assignment no no no yes no yes
Special Features - Speech Post Reporter, Q-Fan - - - Bluetooth PC-2-PC
Shared Interrupts ? ? ? ? ? ?
Clock Generator nForce2 nForce2 nForce2 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 IDE connectors in front of PCI slots
Model Variations - - - - - K7N2G w/ Graphics
Shipment / Utilities
Manual / Quality comprehensive short but complete short comprehensive complete excellent
Languages English English English English, comprehensive English English
Quick Setup Guide 6 languages 12 languages - yes no no
Cables 1x IDE-80, 1x Floppy, 1x SATA 1x IDE-80, 1x IDE-40, 1x Floppy, 2x SATA 1x IDE-80, 1x Floppy 2x IDE-80 round, 1x Floppy round, 1x optical digital, 2x SATA 1x IDE-80, 1x Floppy 1x IDE-80, 1x Floppy, 1xSATA
Adapters 1x DIE-to-SATA, 2x Firewire, 2x USB COM2, Game port, 2x USB, 2x Firewire 3x Firewire 2x Firewire, optical digital in/out 1x Firewire, 1x SPDIF USB/D-LED
Software Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.05 PC-cillin 2002 Anti Virus, PC Probe Norton Anti Virus 2002, Ghost 2002, Personal Firewall 2002 Adobe Acrobat 5, Adobe Active Share, Norton Anti Virus 2002 Adobe Acrobat 5, Speed Gear, Ulead Video Studio 6, Ulead Cool3D SE WinDVD
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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