EVGA nForce4 133-P4-NF51-AX Motherboard Review :: The Layout

03-13-2006 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

The layout of the motherboard is generally excellent. The CPU area is clear of obstructions and you can use most after-market cooling solutions with the EVGA board. The 24-pin ATX power connector is located on the top of the board, allowing the user to directly connect the power supply without impeding airflow or messy cabling. Below the power cable is the two PATA ports. EVGA put the 4-pin power connector on the top of the board, under the CPU cooling area.


EVGA nForce4 133-P4-NF51-AX Motherboard Review CPU Socket area

CPU Socket area

EVGA nForce4 133-P4-NF51-AX Motherboard Review North Bridge

North Bridge

EVGA nForce4 133-P4-NF51-AX Motherboard Review South Bridge

South Bridge

EVGA nForce4 133-P4-NF51-AX Motherboard Review 4-pin Power connector

4-pin Power connector


Many motherboards have the memory modules right under the PCI Express slot forcing the removal of the video card before removing memory. EVGA's board separates the memory from the video card, allowing for easy removal and installation without affecting the other components. EVGA placed the SATA ports in between PCI Express x16 slot 3 and PCI slot 1. It won't be an issue with long video cards. Right next to the SATA ports is a LED that indicates probable problems. A 00 indicates all is well.


EVGA nForce4 133-P4-NF51-AX Motherboard Review Power and Reset

Power and Reset


EVGA put both Power and Reset buttons on the board. Power and Reset buttons allow the end-user to test the board outside the box, simply hooking up the PSU, the video card, the CPU, the memory. Upon a successful boot, you can proceed to installing it into a case, knowing everything works, before messing with the hard disk drives and other needed components. Another use of the Power and Reset buttons is if you need to power off the computer when working inside without reaching for a button.


EVGA nForce4 133-P4-NF51-AX Motherboard Review USB

USB

EVGA nForce4 133-P4-NF51-AX Motherboard Review Firewire

Firewire


EVGA includes headers for 2 USB brackets, bringing the total supported by the board to 10 with the 6 on the Back Panel I/O. Also included is a 1394B port for Firewire support. Neither an extra USB bracket, nor a Firewire bracket is included in the bundle of the board. Other headers of note include one for S/PDIF, one for COIN, and one for Audio. There are three cooling fan headers on the board, matching the norm. The North Bridge and South Bridge is cooled by a passive heatsink.