ASUS A7N8X nForce2 Mainboard Review (1)
At last, we have a chance to review the nForce2 board. This board that just arrive in our labs is not a reference board but the retail packaged ASUS A7N8X !! As you know, we reviewed a lot of KT333 and the recent KT400s. Although the KT400 claims unofficial support of DDR400, we always can't get it to run steadily. Well, look like nVIDIA has a solution for that. On top of that, you can also operate in Dual Memory Channel to enhance the performance even further (even at DDR400!!). That is something we are about to find out in the next few pages of the review.
This board A7N8X has quite a good feast of features and they include SerialATA, Dual network ports, Dual channel DDR400 support, ATA133, Dolby sound and firewire on board. The BIOS also allows users to tweak the settings to maximum compatibility or performance. Some of these are like 1Mhz FSB steppings, various Async memory settings like DDR333, DDR400 and others. There is also voltage control for Vcore, VDimm and Vagp.
Something you would like to know is that if you use a Tbred processor e.g. 2400+, you can change the multiplier without unlocking the processor. Check out the gallery for more information.
The subsequent pages will be the gallery followed by benchmark results including 3Dmark2001, Q3, CodeCreatures, WinStones etc.
Some users were asking me why I didn't run it in SYNC mode. Yes running in SYNC DDR266 mode is faster than running ASYNC DDR333 mode. That is to say that nForce2 chipset is just like SIS 745 and ALiMagik1 which can't perform well in Async settings. See the results below :
The test below is done based on the following
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