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Product :

 K7N2 Delta-ILSR

Manufacturer :

MSI

Reviewed by :

Wayne Brooker

Price :

£75 + Vat @ Scan

Date :

August 6th, 2003.

 

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Introduction

Love them or hate them, VIA need credit for sustaining AMD's Athlon processors since the death of the AMD761 chipset and I can't believe it doesn't rile them that after a bit of a shaky start NVIDIA have been able to step in and snatch so much business from under their noses in such a spectacular fashion. nForce2 was an unrivaled success that has wooed the enthusiast and mainstream sector alike with its impressive dual channel memory performance and its rock solid reliability. Chipset drivers were, and to some extent still are, a bit of an Achilles heal but they're perfectly adequate and they're certainly improving.

Although the original nForce2 could happily support a 200MHz memory bus it didn't officially come with verified support for a 200MHz FSB, not surprising since the 200MHz Bartons hadn't been introduced at that stage of the game. Many of them would actually let you get away with cranking up your FSB to 200MHz and run quite happily but one or two were a bit touchy and didn't want to play ball. NVIDIA's answer was swift, they introduced a chipset that was designed to support a 200MHz in addition to 166MHz, 133MHz and 100MHz. It was to be known as the nForce2 Ultra 400 chipset.

The motherboard we have on test today features the nForce2 Ultra 400 chipset and comes from electronics giants MSI. The K7N2 Delta-ILSR is MSI's premium nForce Ultra board and comes with a mouthwatering array of features. Let's have a wander through the specs:

 

Specification
    CPU
  • Supports Socket A for AMD® Athlon™/Athlon™ XP/Duron™ processors @FSB 200/266/333/400
  • Supports 600MHz up to Athlon™ XP 3000+ processor or higher
    Chipset
  • nVIDIA® nForce2 Ultra 400 Chipset
  • Supports DDR200/266/333/400
  • Supports external AGP 4X/8X
  • nVIDIA® nForce2 MCP-T Chipset
  • AC97 Interface supporting up to two concurrent codecs
  • Ultra ATA133 for the fastest hard disk throughput
  • USB 2.0 EHCI/1.1 OHCI controller
  • FireWire® and USB 2.0 for the fastest digital connectivity
  • Audio Processing Unit(APU) encodes audio in Dolby® Digital 5.1 format for full surround sound effects
    FSB
  • FSB 200/266/333/400 MHz clocks are supported
    Main Memory
  • Supports six memory banks using three 184-pin DDR DIMMs
  • Supports up to 3GB PC3200/2700/2100/1600 DDR SDRAMs
  • Supports both 64-bit and 128-bit DDR SDRAM
  • Note: nForce2 does NOT supports x4 memory device. 1GB can be made by other density of dram chip such as x 8, x16.
    SLOTS
  • One AGP (Accelerated Graphics Port) 1.5V 4x/8x slot
  • Five 32-bit PCI bus slots (support 3.3v/5v PCI bus interface)
  • One ACR (Advanced Communication Riser) slot
    BIOS
  • The mainboard BIOS provides "Plug & Play" BIOS which detects the peripheral devices and expansion cards of the board automatically.
  • The mainboard provides a Desktop Management Interface (DMI) function which records your mainboard specifications.
    On-Board IDE
  • An IDE controller on the MCP-T chipset provides IDE HDD/CDROM with PIO, Bus Master and Ultra DMA133/100/66 operation modes
  • Can connect up to four IDE devices
    Serial ATA Interface
  • Support 2 serial ATA plus 1 ATA133
  • RAID O or 1 is supported
  • RAID function works w/ATA133+SATA H/D or 2 SATA H/D
    In-Chip IEEE1394
  • nVIDIA MCP-T IEEE1394 controller
  • Support up to two ports via external bracket
    Network
  • Chipset integrated 10/100 Base-T Ethernet/Fast Ethernet
    Audio
  • Realtek ALC650 6-channel audio
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 format
    On-Board Peripherals
  • 1 floppy port that supports two FDD with 360KB, 720KB,1.44MB and 2.88MB
  • 1 serial port
  • 1 parallel port supports SPP/EPP/ECP mode
  • 3 audio ports in vertical
  • 2 IEEE1394 connectors
  • 6 USB ports (Rear * 4/ Front * 2)
  • 1 RJ-45 jack
    Dimension
  • 30.5 cm(L) x 23 cm(W) ATX Form Factor
    Accessories


D Bracket 2
S Bracket

IEEE 1394
Round Cable

 

 


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