Basic Features: nVidia nForce3-250Gb Reference Board




 nVidia nForce-250Gb Ultra Motherboard Specifications for 939
MSI MS-7025 (K8N Neo2)
CPU Interface Socket 939
Athlon 64 and Athlon 64 FX
Chipset nForce3-250GB single-chip
Bus Speeds 200MHz to 300MHz (in 1MHz increments)
PCI/AGP Speeds Synchronous or Asynchronous PCI/AGP Fixed at 66/33 to 100/50 (in 1MHz increments)
CPU Ratios 4 to Default Ratio in 1X increments
Core Voltage Default to 1.81V in % increments
(with 1.50V, 1.57V, 1.60V, 1.65V, 1.68V, 1.73V, 1.76V, 1.81V)
HyperTransport Frequency 1000MHz (1GHz), 1X-5X
HyperTransport Width 16-bit Upstream and 16-bit Downstream
DRAM Voltage Auto, 2.5V to 2.85V in 0.05V increments
AGP Voltage 1.5V-1.85V in 0.05V increments
AUTO Overclock D.O.T. Ranger, 1%, 3%, 5%, 7%, 9%, 11%
Memory Slots Four 184-pin DDR DIMM Slots
Dual-Channel Configuration
Regular Unbuffered Memory to 4GB Total
Expansion Slots 1 AGP 8X Slot
5 PCI Slots
Onboard SATA/IDE RAID nVidia 4-Drive SATA Plus 4-Drive IDE
IDE/SATA can be combined in 0, 1, 0+1
Onboard IDE Two Standard nVidia ATA133/100/66 (4 drives)
Onboard USB 2.0/IEEE-1394 USB 2.0 ports supported by nF3-250
2 1394A FireWire ports by VIA VT6306
Onboard LAN 1Gigabit Ethernet on-chip by nF3-250GB
Onboard Audio Realtek ALC850
8-Channel with UAJ


Socket 939: Motherboard Features Basic Features: VIA K8T800 PRO Reference Board
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  • Filibuster - Wednesday, June 02, 2004 - link

    Via will support Athlon 64 with PCI-Express with the K8T890 chipset.

    Nvidia chipset plans are less clear. The only thing I've seen is a Inq. article saying Q4'04. :(
    Hopefully it is sooner.
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  • WileCoyote - Wednesday, June 02, 2004 - link

    After all the buildup in the first few pages of this article I was kind of disappointed by the very close benchmarks. All the chipsets perform within a couple percentage points of each other. Reply
  • ripdude - Wednesday, June 02, 2004 - link

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    2 - Posted on Jun 2, 2004 at 1:55 AM by Brian23
    What's the deal with the orange PCI connector?
    </quote>
    the orange PCI connector is, AFAIK, excepted from the PCI bus bandwidth and is directly connected to the chipset.

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    3 - Posted on Jun 2, 2004 at 3:07 AM by adntaylor
    Nice review but... still no tests of the AGP optimisations for the GeForce FX and 6 series cards on the nForce chipset.
    </quote>
    I, too, read about NVidia gfx cards getting a boost on NVidia chipsets, a 6 serie card on nforce-250gb could yield quite some surprises.

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    6 - Posted on Jun 2, 2004 at 3:53 AM by Eidolon
    Are PCI-Express mobos using either chipset planned? Any news on when that may be?
    </quote>
    I'm waiting for a good 939 board with PCI-E slots too. With ATI and NVidia announcing PCI-E cards they should be too far behind.
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  • XRaider - Wednesday, June 02, 2004 - link

    No doubt # 6. Motherbord manufacturers seem to be dragging their feet on this... unless they are waiting for Nvidia and Ati..? I REALLY like the 939 FX53.. but I'm holding out until the PCI express standard gets implemented on the new motherboards, cause I'm not planning on upgrading for awhile after this new system build. :\ Reply
  • Eidolon - Wednesday, June 02, 2004 - link

    Are PCI-Express mobos using either chipset planned? Any news on when that may be? Reply
  • Eidolon - Wednesday, June 02, 2004 - link

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  • tfranzese - Wednesday, June 02, 2004 - link

    From what I remember the orange PCI slot is specifically for communications. Reply
  • adntaylor - Wednesday, June 02, 2004 - link

    Nice review but... still no tests of the AGP optimisations for the GeForce FX and 6 series cards on the nForce chipset.

    Please can somebody just chuck a card in and see if the GeForce 6800 is boosted by the nForce3 chipset!

    http://techreport.com/reviews/2004q2/nforce3-gefor... - this was the Tech Report's test of the FX 5950, and it delivered some surprising performance boosts. I'm desperate to see if the 6800 reacts similarly!

    I'm interested to know what that orange PCI slot is for too.
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  • Brian23 - Wednesday, June 02, 2004 - link

    What's the deal with the orange PCI connector? Reply
  • nycxandy - Wednesday, June 02, 2004 - link

    With the 939 CPU's already shipping, when will the 939 motherboards show up in stores? Reply

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