Gigabyte GA-K8NF-9 Motherboard Review :: Introduction

02-26-2005 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

2004 was a rather interesting year for computers. Intel introduced the 925X, 915, 925XE chipsets in the middle of the year. Along with the new chipsets a host of new technologies were also introduced. PCI Express video cards, the BTX form factor, High Definition Audio, were first introduced by Intel's new chipsets. On the AMD side of things, these new technologies were not introduced until late in the year with the introduction of the nForce4, Via K8T890 and ATI RS480 chipsets.

Gigabyte has been a manufacturer of motherboards, video cards and other computer components for many years. The company was founded in 1986, an extremely long time in computer terms. I was still in high school back in 1986 and things like Windows and PCI video cards hadn't even been introduced yet. Today, Gigabyte is considered a Tier-1 OEM in the Taiwanese market and worldwide.

Late last year, NVIDIA introduced their nForce4 chipsets for the AMD platform. There are three chipsets in this platform, nForce4 , nForce4 Ultra and the nForce4 SLI. nForce4 is the mainstream version of the new chipset with features like SATA, support for PCI Express, 8 USB port support, and is designed for the under $100 market. nForce4 Ultra added support for SATA II, 10 USB ports, and is targeted for the high-end gamer. The third leg of the triad of nForce products is SLI. Gigabyte announced several boards based upon the nForce4 line last year. This review is on the GA-K8NF-9, based upon the nForce4 chipset.