Gigabyte GA-K8NF-9 Motherboard Review :: Setup and Bundle

02-26-2005 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

Setup of the K8NF-9 went without incident. Stability testing went the full duration with no crashes or lockups. The layout of the board is especially gratifying. The 4-pin power connector is in a especially nice position, the top right hand corner of the board. The position is clear of the CPU, while many of today's boards have this connector below the CPU, requiring the cable to stretch over the cooling fan. Gigabyte's ATX power connector is of the new 24-pin variety, allowing the board to use power supplies designed for the new ATX standard.


Gigabyte GA-K8NF-9 Motherboard Review
Gigabyte GA-K8NF-9 Motherboard Review
Gigabyte GA-K8NF-9 Motherboard Review

The K8NF-9 has a cooling fan on top of the nForce4 MCP chip. This should provide nice cooling for the chipset. Many motherboards today do not have a fan for the North Bridge, or cover the chip with a simple heat sink. It is gratifying to see Gigabyte provide adequate cooling. Unfortunately, the positioning of the MCP is right under the PCI Express X16 slot, making the replacement of the cooling with an after-market solution hard to do. As it is, a 6800GT covered the fan.


Gigabyte GA-K8NF-9 Motherboard Review

  • Bundle
  • 1X SATA cables and power cable
  • GA-K8NF-9 motherboard
  • Back plate
  • Driver CD
  • 2X Firewire/2X USB 2.0 port cable

The bundle is pretty sparse by today's standards in my opinion. The inclusion of 1 SATA cable is fairly weak. It's too bad that Gigabyte didn't include the maximum that the board has ports for, or at least two sets. One annoying thing is the inclusion of only one IDE cable and one floppy cable, especially since the board sports two PATA ports.


Gigabyte GA-K8NF-9 Motherboard Review
Gigabyte GA-K8NF-9 Motherboard Review

The driver CD contains the necessary drivers for the motherboard. One missing item is a floppy disk containing the SATA drivers. You need to create one by setting the BIOS to boot from the CD-ROM and creating one from the menu at boot. I wish every motherboard manufacturer would include the SATA driver on a floppy.