EVGA nForce4 SLI Edition Motherboard Review :: The Layout

12-04-2005 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

I really like the layout of the board. EVGA positioned the 20-pin ATX power supply connector on the bottom off the board. The 4-pin power connector is positioned above the CPU Socket, making for easy routing of the cable without impeding airflow in the case. The positioning of the memory modules is clear of the video card slot, meaning removal/installation of new memory is painless without having to take out one of the video cards.


EVGA nForce4 SLI Edition Motherboard Review LED

LED

EVGA nForce4 SLI Edition Motherboard Review 20-pin ATX connector

20-pin ATX connector

EVGA nForce4 SLI Edition Motherboard Review 4-pin power connector

4-pin power connector

EVGA nForce4 SLI Edition Motherboard Review Power and Reset

Power and Reset


EVGA includes a Diagnostic LED on the board to indicate if the board has problems. A FF means normal operation. If there is a problem the LED will give a numbered error message. Check the number with the manual and you'll come up with the likely culprit of a problem. One nice thing about the board is the inclusion of a Power and Reset button, allowing you to test the motherboard outside of the case.


EVGA nForce4 SLI Edition Motherboard Review CPUFan Header

CPUFan Header

EVGA nForce4 SLI Edition Motherboard Review Sysfan header

Sysfan header

EVGA nForce4 SLI Edition Motherboard Review MOSFET heatsinks

MOSFET heatsinks

EVGA nForce4 SLI Edition Motherboard Review USB Headers

USB Headers

EVGA nForce4 SLI Edition Motherboard Review Chipset cooler

Chipset cooler

EVGA nForce4 SLI Edition Motherboard Review Winbond and Battery

Winbond and Battery

EVGA nForce4 SLI Edition Motherboard Review Audio/SPDIF headers

Audio/SPDIF headers


There are here three Fan Headers on the board, allowing you to hook up fansfor the Chassis and System fans along with the CPU fan. The CPU Socket area is clear of obstructions, allowing for after-market cooling solutions to be used. Heatsinks cover the MOSFETs, keeping them cool. EVGA includes three headers for the USB ports one header for SPDIF, one header or IR, a set of jumpers for the audio and the Front Panel connectors are labeled. EVGA provided a heatsink fan assembly to cool the MCP chip.