Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI Motherboard Review :: Setup and Bundle

03-14-2005 · Category: Motherboards

By Doc Overclock

Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI Motherboard Review Socket 939

Socket 939

Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI Motherboard Review 12v Power

12v Power


Setup went smooth as butter on this one and I was amazed at how well every just came together so easily. The overall size of the K8NXP-SLI is 30.5 x 24.4 cm; this means it will fit in any ATX form factor enclosure of mid tower to larger size. Remember that power requirements on an SLI running system are very high; using the highest rated power supply you can get your hands on will help increase system stability and lower the chances of power failures due to an overtaxed power source. Using the RAID functions on the board is achieved without any problems whatsoever as the drives are automatically detected and ready to be configured in whatever RAID array you desire. One thing that is cool in the design of the K8NXP-SLI board is the fact that the VGA cards do not block the memory slots when installed. You will need to use the included bridge connector if you want to use the cards in an SLI mode configuration and you will need two six-pin power connectors for each card, so keep that in mind when purchasing parts for your system build.


Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI Motherboard Review 3D1

3D1

Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI Motherboard Review SLI Bridge

SLI Bridge

Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI Motherboard Review Single Card

Single Card

Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI Motherboard Review SLI

SLI



Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI Motherboard Review SATA Cables

SATA Cables

Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI Motherboard Review Firewire/USB Brackets

Firewire/USB Brackets

Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI Motherboard Review Sata Power

Sata Power

Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI Motherboard Review Manuals/Driver CD

Manuals/Driver CD


Gigabyte has a very complete bundle package that has all the necessary goodies and gadgets for getting setup and going without problems. All the cables, manuals and driver CDs needed are in the box. The audio user interface is very easy to use and the Realtek solution offers things such as auto Jack Sensing, this allows the user to plug in the speakers just about in any plug and then configure it correctly. There are a few different sound rooms and environments you can choose from as well as a ten-band equalizer for shaping your sound to your personal preference. If you want the clearest and best clarity sound achievable, using speakers that accept the SPDIF (Sony/ Phillips Digital Interface) is what I recommend as it offers the best signal reproduction available. On the rear I/O there are the standard analog connections in addition to coaxial in and out jacks depending on your need. You can use 2.1 through 7.1 surround sound speaker environments, which gives the user a vast amount of flexibility in their choice of speakers. For enjoying DVD movies a 5.1 system is optimal for most users. You can get a good set of 5.1 speakers online for under $50.00 U.S so the cost is not high to get into 5.1 audio.


Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI Motherboard Review General Information

General Information

Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI Motherboard Review 10-Band EQ

10-Band EQ

Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI Motherboard Review Automatic Jack Sensing

Automatic Jack Sensing

Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI Motherboard Review Speaker Setup

Speaker Setup

Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI Motherboard Review SPDIF

SPDIF

Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI Motherboard Review Microphone

Microphone