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    For those who would like to see the full press release of Gigabyte's new nForce2 offering, here we go

    [I]Dear all,

    We're pleased to announce the GA-7NNXP, a flagship model of the NVIDIA nForce2 platform processors based motherboard, accompanied with the launch of AMD Athlon XP 400MHz FSB processor. The brand new GA-7NNXP inherits the extreme power of nForce2 Ultra 400 platform processors and contains the innovative ˇ§6-Dualˇ¨ Miracle design to deliver an ultimate solution with unprecedented performance and rock-solid stability. The GA-7NNXP stands at the top among AMD Athlon XP platforms of Gigabyte and the entire motherboard industry.
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    Taipei, May 13, Gigabyte Technology announces the GA-7NNXP, a flagship model of the NVIDIA nForce2 platform processors based motherboard, accompanied with the launch of AMD AthlonO XP 400MHz FSB processor. The brand new GA-7NNXP inherits the extreme power of nForce2 Ultra 400 platform processors and contains the innovative ˇ§6-Dualˇ¨ Miracle design to deliver an ultimate solution with unprecedented performance and rock-solid stability. The GA-7NNXP stands at the top among AMD AthlonO XP platforms of Gigabyte and the entire motherboard industry.

    The New Generation nForceTM2 Platform Processors

    The GA-7NNXP consists of the new generation NVIDIA nForce2 Ultra 400 System Platform Processor (SPP) and Media and Communications Processor-Turbo (MCP-T). The SPP carries the next generation architecture consisting of 400MHz system bus, dual channel DDR400 controller and AGP8X graphics interface to provide a framework for excellent performance. The unique Dynamic Adaptive Speculative Pre-processor (DASP) and Hyper-Transport are integrated to boost the overall system performance. The nForce2 MCP-T, included the richest set of connectivity solutions and finest audio features, delivers a complete solution for home and office environment. The GA-7NNXP makes the ideal platform for full spectrum of applications.

    Revolutionary ˇ§6-Dual Miracleˇ¨ Design Included

    <file:///C:/DOCUME~1/AMOSLE~1.GIG/LOCALS~1/Temp/msoclip1/04/clip_image002.jpg> The GA-7NNXP is also integrated with revolutionary ˇ§6-Dual Miracleˇ¨ design which has received great attention and approval from media and customersˇ¦ opinions since its introduction last year. Six building blocks constitute the ˇ§6-Dualˇ¨ Miracle design. The first element represents the innovative Dual Power System (DPS) design. The second one is the innovative Dual LAN design. The third component is new generation memory architecture - Dual Channel DDR with enhanced strength for DDR400. Dual Cooling System, the forth element, is designed to further reduce the thermal issue. The fifth is Dual RAID including SATA RAID and ATA133 RAID, which deliver substantial storage capacity and performance. The last is the well-known DualBIOS(tm).



    Dual Power System (DPS)

    The Dual Power System (DPS) is an ingenious design applied to enhance the stability of the system. In a DPS designed motherboard, an additional 3-phase power circuit DPVRM (Dual Power Voltage Regulator Module) daughter card is added to the motherboard to provide a total of 6-phase power circuit - twice the amount recommended by the current standard motherboard design guideline. This effectively provides a more durable and stable power circuit to sustain a larger electric current of up to 150A. The DPS technology is conceived and specially designed for intensifying the stability of current and future processors with a high working frequency.

    Dual LAN Solution with Intel(r) Gigabit LAN integrated

    Combined Gigabit and Ethernet LAN solution, the innovative Dual LAN design of 7NNXP allows a PC to serve as a network gateway for managing traffic between two separate networks. This capability ensures rapid transfer of data from WAN to LAN without any added arbitration or latency. With the bandwidth of 1 Gigabit/s of Intel Gigabit LAN solution, users can efficiently download MP3 and AVI data and distribute the information to locally networked PCs.




    Dual Channel DDR400


    The nForce2 SPP represents the new generation Dual Channel DDR solution for AMD AthlonTMXP processors. The dual channel DDR400 architecture provides an supreme bandwidth of 6.4GB/s and gives users even greater performance than that of RDRAM memory which is already well known for its outstanding speed.



    Dual RAID

    With Silicon Image Serial ATA and GigaRAID RAID controller chips, the GA-7NNXP provides two RAID interfaces to deliver sound data protection and tremendous capacity for data storage.

    Silicon Image Serial ATA controller chip delivers the emerging Serial ATA interface with the option of RAID function to the platform. The Serial ATA interface is the next generation storage interface with scalable performance for desktop platform.

    The brand new GigaRAID IDE RAID chip, a full function RAID controller, supports RAID 0(Striping), RAID 1(Mirroring), RAID 0+1 function, and JBOD (Just a Bunch Of Drives). JBOD is newly developed function that makes disks appear to be logical one for easier disk management. The ITE GigaRAID also provides additional two UDMA ATA-133/100 interfaces that support up to 4 ATAPI devices such as hard drive.

    Dual Cooling System

    The Dual Cooling System consists of a DPVRM active fan sink and an active fan sink located on the SPP. With these two active fan sinks, the heat produced by the SPP and MOSFET located on the DPVRM are greatly reduced. In addition, the airflow path is designed to drain heat out from the fan sink ditches, providing extra ventilation to the surrounding heat dissipating components.

    DualBIOS(tm)

    On Gigabyte motherboards with DualBIOS(tm) there are physically two BIOS chips. If the main BIOS fail to boot up due to virus infection or catastrophic failure, the back up BIOS automatically takes over on the next system start up. This innovative technology assures the motherboardˇ¦s stability and reliability.



    More Features and Benefits

    IEEE1394 FireWire

    In addition to the USB 2.0 interface, the nForce2 MCP-T also integrates hardwired IEEE1394 support. The multimedia-oriented high-bandwidth IEEE1394 interface will enhance PC connectivity with consumer electronics audio/video (A/V) appliances, and storage peripherals. Users can upload video faster from their camcorders and other devices, plus backup data more efficiently.



    Advance Audio Feature ˇV NVIDIA(r) SoundStormTM

    Powered by the advanced feature set of nForce2 Audio Processing Unit (APU), the NVIDIA SoundStorm solution not only supports high quality 6-channel surround sound but also processes and outputs Dobly Digital audio stream directly to a home theater system via S/P-DIP connection. With the state-of-art audio solution, user will experience the powerful 3D sound with digital cinema clarity during gaming or movie watching.



    GA-7NNXP Main Specification

    ˇE Socket A for AMD Athlon TM XP 400MHz FSB processor

    <file:///C:/DOCUME~1/AMOSLE~1.GIG/LOCALS~1/Temp/msoclip1/08/clip_image007.jpg> ˇE NVIDIA nForceTM2 Ultra 400 System Platform Processors (SPP) and Media and Communications Processors-Turbo (MCP-T)

    ˇE AGP Pro/8x, 5 PCI slots

    ˇE Dual Channel DDR400/333 with 4 DIMMs, up to 3GB memory support

    ˇE DPVRM for Dual Power System

    ˇE Dual LAN solution

    (Intel 82540EM Gigabit LAN & Realtek Ethernet LAN connection)

    ˇE Silicon Image Serial-ATA interface

    ˇE ITE GigaRAID IDE RAID interface

    ˇE 3 IEEE1394 ports

    ˇE 6 USB 2.0/1.1 ports

    ˇE 6-channel AC97 audio, Dobly Digital Audio via SP-DIF

    ˇE 2 Ultra ATA133 connectors

    ˇE DualBIOSTM

    ˇE Xpress Installation, Easytune(tm) 4,

    Q-Flash(tm), @BIOS(tm)







    Complete Product Line Is Ready

    Accompanying with the flagship model 7NNXP, Gigabyte provides a complete line of nForce2 platforms, including 7NNXPV, 7N400 Pro, 7N400V Pro, 7N400, and 7N400V, to fulfill the requirement of different applications and system configurations. With the excellent performance and functionality, this product series presents the best choice of AMD AthlonTM XP platforms this year.



    Gigabyte nForce2 based platforms


    Model

    GA-7NNXP

    GA-7NNXPV

    GA-7N400 Pro

    GA-7N400V Pro

    GA-7N400

    GA-7N400V


    Chip

    nForce 2 Ultra400 + MCP-T

    nForce 2 IGP + MCP-T

    nForce 2 Ultra400 + MCP-T

    nForce 2 IGP + MCP-T

    nForce 2 Ultra400 + MCP

    nForce 2 IGP + MCP


    Form Factor

    ATX

    ATX

    ATX

    ATX

    ATX

    ATX


    FSB

    400/333/266/200

    333/266/200

    400/333/266/200

    333/266/200

    400/333/266/200

    333/266/200


    AGP

    Pro, 8X*1

    Pro, 8X*1

    8X*1

    8X*1

    8X*1

    8X*1


    VGA

    -

    Y (dual view)

    -

    Y

    -

    Y


    PCI

    5

    5

    5

    5

    5

    5


    Memory

    Dual-Ch DDR400

    Dual-Ch DDR333

    Dual-Ch DDR400

    Dual-Ch DDR333

    Dual-Ch DDR400

    Dual-Ch DDR333


    USB port

    6*USB2.0

    6*USB2.0

    6*USB2.0

    6*USB2.0

    6*USB2.0

    6*USB2.0


    Serial-ATA

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    No

    No


    IDE RAID

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    No

    No


    Audio

    6-channel

    6-channel

    6-channel

    6-channel

    6-channel

    6-channel


    LAN

    Dual LAN (Intel Kenai 32 + Realtek PHY)

    Dual LAN (Intel Kenai 32 + Realtek PHY)

    Realtek

    Realtek

    Realtek

    Realtek


    DualBIOS

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    N

    N


    1394

    3 Port

    3 Port

    3 Port

    3 Port

    N

    N








    About GIGABYTE technology


    Founded in 1986, Gigabyte Technology has built an unshakable reputation and solid foundation in the computer industry on the reliability of its motherboards and add-on card products. In diversifying from this solid base, Gigabyte Technology is devoting itˇ¦s resources to expanding into new product lines, such as desktop platform solutions, servers, broadband routers, Gigabit switches, wireless LAN, and NAS (Network Attached Storage) appliances.



    With a talented, resourceful infrastructure and design capability, from Motherboard, VGA, Desktop Platform, to Communication and Server, Gigabyte Technology has developed a full-scale product network, not only creating the ideal platform for the world of Internet connectivity but also resulting in new concepts in most all aspects of our lives. In the coming information appliance age, Gigabyte Technology is usersˇ¦ premier companion to brighten peopleˇ¦s mind-scope and future life.


    regards,[I]

    We are nto releasing the contact for Gigabyte out of their respect for privacy
    Cameron Johnson
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    KT400A??? :confused:

    Oh VIA. Are they still around? :?:

    Soz just jokin' while I'm puttin' another 8RDA+ based PC together.

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    via is the 3dFX of chipsets
    -|Soyo Dragon kt400 - XP 1600+ - 1 GB pc2700 - radeon 9700pro- Amstel Light|-

    -|Mystery Mobo - celeron 1.2 - 256 whatver sdram - geforce4mx440 - Coors Light|-

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    They dropped the ball somewhere along the way. They had some pretty good chipsets a year or two ago (driver/stability issues aside). They took risks and were the first to bring DDR RAM to P4 before Intel finally made the move.

    However a whole bunch of mess-ups, poorly performing chipsets and now the fact that the Nvidia chipsets clearly kick their butt has meant VIA is down and out for the moment.

    Maybe they'll make a comeback, but I'm not really waiting for anything :)

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    KT600 from VIA is comming very shortly. Not sure on memory support but its DDR-400, Dual status is unknown but it will have 400Mhz FSB support.

    Lately VIA has thrown too much garbage onto the market to try and keep ahead, nForce2 from the design stages seems to have had VIA worrying. See it demonstrates something that I though of Intel a while back

    VIA chipsets have been good cause no one challanged them, so they were the only thing to by, when someone comes along with something better you see companies like this thrown too much garbage at your and expect you to stomache it. Same as Intel P3 and RDRAM I820 chipset.

    WHen VIA prought PC133 to the P3 we saw Intel make so much garbage, it was happening in the past, just didn't take notice of it.

    If KT600 is a single channel DDR sollution VIA is looking at a 400Mhz FSB version of the KT400A, if they go Dual Channel, pray it works, after all, the last chipset i thought was good from VIA is the KT266A, that was my last VIA chipset, i am now nForce2 man, and with the way things are going, looking to be one for a bit in my personal systems.
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    "Fast but quirky" was the way I always thought about VIA. As you say, they brought new stuff to the market sometimes way too quickly. However my first VIA board, the P3V4X was a cult classic despite its quirks. My last VIA board, the P4X266 was rock solid and flawless in most ways (Shuttle AV40).

    Now however, I can only say from my support work on VIA Arena, Overclockers Australia and around the traps that it seems VIA is just "quirky"....the fast dropped off a while ago :)

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    I can say this, I had plenty of VIA boards for Pentium 3 and even Socket Super 7. I prefered them compared to BX and Intel chipsets at the time. I loved them for KX133, its when we started to see too many "A" chipsets VIA lost my support. After getting a KT266A and seeing that running KT333 or KT400 would be more of a backward step i lost more respect for VIA. KT400A just put my point to rest that VIA has well to many chipsets that don't live upto their sales titles.

    VIA has fallen too far behind in the Pentium 4 chipsets, and we saw the infamous A come out here again. P4X266A did do ok for me, but I845D took its place as soon as it came out. Now Dual DDR is here from SiS and Intel, as well as both companies supporting Hyper Threading, something VIA hasn't got.
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    The KT333 was my last VIA chipset (nothin' wrong with it, for it's age) but these 8RDA+'s I've been usin' lately just leave them behind (yesterday's effort, XP1800+ T'bredB @ 12 x 166MHz) but the alternatives from ALi and SiS (now do ya's want to talk about "quirky"?) just arn't in the race at all.

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    I never used KT333 simply because KT266A overclocked to 166FSB and allowed me better memory performance.

    nVidia is definatly the chipset of choice.
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