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Leadtek's nForce II - K7NCR18D Pro
Author : Martyn Date : 18th December '02

3DVelocity wish to thank Leadtek and especially Claire at Axalia for providing this board for our review.

...Product K7NCR18D [Pro]
...Manufacturer Leadtek
...Supplier Leadtek
...Price TBC




Part One: Introduction

Leadtek, despite popular belief, have been in existance since 1986, a considerable amount of time longer than some of the other nV partners. Their 'Winfast' brands have always collected awards throughout the industry so 3DVelocity rounded up their version of the newly introduced nForce 2 mainboard to see if Leadtek have yet another winning product on their hands. The nForce 2 is rapidly becoming the AMD based motherboard, success here could be a huge boost for this famous nV loyalist.

Part Two: The nForce 2

Rather than repromoting this great chipset, we'd rather focus on the features Leadtek can bring to this board. If you seek more information on this new board from nVidia, please head over to Wayne's excellent preview of the technology as it contains everything you could wish to know about all things nForce.

Here are the obligitory specs direct from Leadtek: -

- Supports 200/266/333MHz(DDR) FSB for AMD Athlon/XP and Duron CPU
- 128-bit DualDDR memory architecture doubles the memory bandwidth for enhancing total system performance
- Provide header for Smart Card Reader Interface and application program
- BIOS and hardware offer CPU Over Temperature Shutdown (O.T.S) function to protect CPU from burnout
- Support Vcore, Vmem and AGP Vddq adjustment for better system compatibility
- Supports AGP 8X interface for high-end 3D Graphics card
- Built-in hardware Dolby Digital (AC3) Encoder for providing 6-channel surround sound via a SPDIF interface.
- USB2.0 controller with two USB2.0 ports onboard
- Supports IEEE1394 interface(Optional)
- Two Ultra ATA133 IDE dual channel interfaces, data transfer rate up to 133MB/sec
- 10/100Mbps LAN interface onboard. (LAN version only)
Form factor
ATX 304.8mm x 243mm (12"x 9.6")

CPU Support
AMD Athlon/XP, Duron Socket A processors

Platform Processors
NVIDIA nForce2-ST(nForce2-SPP+nForce2 MCP-T)

CPU clock
CPU Bus Frequency range: 200 to 333MHz (DDR)

Main Memory
Supports 3 184 -pin DIMM sockets for DDR -SDRAM module (PC2100, PC2700, PC3200)
Support up to 3GB of memory

Expansion slots
1 x 32bit 8X AGP slot.
4 x 32bit PCI slot.
1 x ACR slot.

Adjustment setting for Best performance
Adjustable CPU clock. Vcore,Vmem, AGP Vddq.

Two Ultra ATA 33/66/100/133 IDE ports
Supports up to PIO mode 4, Multi-word DMA mode2 and Ultra ATA 66/100/133 MB/Sec
Bus master drivers for most well-known OS

Double stack back-panel I/O connectors
PS/2 Mini-Din mouse & keyboard ports
RJ45 connector (Lan version only)
Two USB2.0 Ports
One External Bracket with four USB2.0 ports (Optional)
One 25 pin D-SUB female printer port
Two 9pin D-SUB male serial ports for COM1 & COM2
Game/Midi port, Line_In, Line_Out and Mic_In jacks



System BIOS
AWARD BIOS, supports PnP, APM, Multi-Device booting features (Floppy, LS120, CD-ROM, IDE, SCSI, ZIP, ATAPI)
Supports ACPI 1.0b (Advanced Configuration Power Interface): S1, S3 (Suspend to RAM), S4 (Suspend to DISK)
Boot-up anti-virus support
2MB flash ROM

Hardware Monitor
Hardware Monitor provides main system information. You can read CPU/System Fan speed and temperature to provide the best overclocking capacity from Hardware Monitor

With AMD XP series CPU, built-in CPU over temperature shutdown (O.T.S.) and overheated warning message functions to protect CPU from burnout. According to O.T.S. function, a temperature warning message window is going to pop-up as long as CPU is overheated, meanwhile, your system will be immediately shutdown to protect CPU from burnout.

PC Health hardware monitoring
Two thermal sensors protecting CPU and system
5 voltages monitoring input (+3.3V, +5V, Vddq, Vmem, Vcore)

Package contents
WinFast K7NCR18D-Pro socket A motherboard
WinFast software pack CD
User's manual
Ultra ATA 100/66 IDE cable
720KB / 1.44MB / 2.88MB Floppy connecting cable
USB module (Optional)
IEEE1394 module
Dolby Digital output module
Bundled Ulead Video Studio6.0 and Cool 3D 3.0 editing software


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