eVGA nForce 4 Motherboard Review :: The Board

08-08-2005 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun
EVGA 133-K8-NF43-AX Spec Sheet
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Part Number133-K8-NF43-AX
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ChipsetNvidia nForce4
North BridgeNvidia nForce4 MCP
SocketSocket 939
Processor TypesAthlon 64, Athlon 64 FX
Number of CPUs
Front Side Bus1GHz HyperTransport Bus Link
Memory TypeDDR
Memory ChannelsDual
Maximum Memory4GB
External GraphicsPCI Express x16
South BridgeNvidia nForce4 MCP
SATA1.5 GB/s
RAID0, 1, 0+1
Expansion Slots
Form FactorATX
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The 133-K8-NF43-AX board is a standard ATX form-factor motherboard. Sporting the nForce4 chipset, this board supports all current Socket 939 CPUs from AMD including the dual-core CPUs, the FX CPUs and the Athlon 64 CPUs.. eVGA provides plenty of space around the CPU Socket for after-market cooling system. eVGA outfits the board with 4 184-pin DIMM slots providing support for up to 4GB of unbuffered non-ECC DDR400 memory.

eVGA nForce 4 Motherboard Review CPU Socket

CPU Socket

eVGA nForce 4 Motherboard Review Memory Slots

Memory Slots

Expansion on the board is rather interesting. There are not one, not two, but three PCI Express long slots on the motherboard, 2 PCI Express x8 slots and a PCI Express x16 slot in the middle. nForce4 does not support SLI mode officially, however, eVGA decided to include several PCI Express x1 slots on the board. I'll cover the reason why a little later in this review. Other expansion on this motherboard includes 3 PCI 2.3 slots, providing support for legacy PCI devices and a PCI Express x1 slot above the PCI Express x8 slot.

eVGA nForce 4 Motherboard Review Exp. Slots

Exp. Slots

eVGA nForce 4 Motherboard Review PCIe x1 slot+EZ Plug

PCIe x1 slot+EZ Plug

eVGA nForce 4 Motherboard Review PCI Slots

PCI Slots

eVGA nForce 4 Motherboard Review PCIe x16 Slot 1

PCIe x16 Slot 1

Drive support on the eVGA motherboard is robust, as you'd expect from an nForce4 motherboard. nForce4 supports 4 SATA devices natively and eVGA outfits the board with 4 SATA ports. Personally, 4 SATA drives is enough for my uses. Some manufacturers put 10 ports on their boards, but that seems a bit nuts as no case I've seen has 10 drives bays or even close to that many. IDE drive support is provided by 2 IDE ports and a floppy drive connector.

eVGA includes a Realtek ALC850 CODEC for the on-board sound on the board. NVIDIA has not announced support for the HDA standard as of yet on their motherboards. The 850 supports 7.1 surround sound and is a decent on-board solution for audio. 850 supports EAX 1.0 and 2.0 (Unfortunately, Creative Labs has not licensed EAX 3.0 or 4.0 HD out to other manufacturers. The Realtek CODEC also supports A3D 1.0, and DirectSound. For the audiophile in me, I prefer a HDA solution.

eVGA nForce 4 Motherboard Review
eVGA nForce 4 Motherboard Review
eVGA nForce 4 Motherboard Review
eVGA nForce 4 Motherboard Review
eVGA nForce 4 Motherboard Review

Rear input/output ports on the nForce4 motherboard from eVGA include 4 USB 2.0 ports, 2 COM ports, a parallel port, 6 jacks for the Realtek audio and a RJ45 jack for the onboard LAN. eVGA provides a Marvell 88E1111Gigabit Ethernet PHY for the onboard LAN. I don't have the retail package as of yet, so am unsure as to what accessories and bundle the motherboard will come with.