Gigabyte 7NNXP (nForce2 Ultra 400): Gigabyte Goes nForceby Evan Lieb on July 5, 2003 10:53 PM EST
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In terms of features and speed, Gigabyte’s first foray into NVIDIA chipset-based motherboards is no slouch by any stretch of the imagination. The Gigabyte 7NNXP is based on NVIDIA's latest and greatest Athlon XP chipset, dubbed the nForce2 Ultra 400. The nForce2 Ultra 400 is different from NVIDIA's earlier nForce2 chipsets in only one way; official 400MHz FSB support. Results from NVIDIA's in-house testing confirmed that nForce2 Ultra 400 was able to reach higher FSB speeds than their older chipsets from last year, which reached average speeds of only 420MHz FSB. (However, nForce2 chipset steppings predating nForce2 Ultra 400 did gradually perform a bit better.)
If you refer back to our nForce2 6-way Motherboard roundup in December 2002, you'll see that nForce2 motherboards from ABIT, ASUS, Chaintech, Epox, Leadtek, and MSI were all revision 1.x. In other words, they were not based on the nForce2 Ultra 400 chipset. Now, virtually every single nForce2 motherboard available for purchase is based on NVIDIA’s nForce2 Ultra 400 chipset, and each motherboard is accordingly marked version 2.0. For example, the old ASUS A7N8X Deluxe motherboard (based on the original nForce2 chipset) was a revision 1.x motherboard, while the new ASUS A7N8X Deluxe motherboard (based on the nForce2 Ultra 400 chipset) is a revision 2.0 motherboard. This applies to all other motherboard manufacturers, not just ASUS.
When we first saw the Gigabyte 7NNXP motherboard we were delighted to see so many onboard features that previous nForce2 motherboards lacked. Read on to learn about these new features and why this motherboard may just be part of your next Athlon XP system.