nForce II - K7NCR18D Pro
: Martyn Date : 18th
3DVelocity wish to thank Leadtek
and especially Claire at Axalia for providing this board
for our review.
Part Four: Up Close and...
The board itself was very well presented
indeed. For a company much more familiar with graphics
cards it's surprising to see the appearance of this board
competing with the best.
...certainly looks good so far.
Leadtek have fashioned a great looking heatsink of the
One AGP 8X slot alongside four PCI slots and an ACR
slot, expansion potential is assured.
A reasonable amount of room is available around the
socket, that lower power connection looks a tad troublesome
The familiar colour-coded rear of the board. All the
usual features including the nForce's superb 5.1 audio.
The IDE and floppy connections are very near the bottom
edge of the board; this can lead to cabling woes for users
with a full tower case.
The overall layout of the Leadtek board
can be described as satisfactory. There are some major
issues that may prevent an easy instalation, firstly,
as mentioned above, the IDE ports are right at the bottom
of the board. Using Aopen's HQ80 full tower case means
it's very hard indeed to find long enough cables to reach
from the mainboard up to the CD drives. You will also
need a very long floppy cable indeed. Users employing
a midi style case will have little issue though.
Secondly the ATX power header is poorly placed. It promotes
very untidy cabling (thus poor air flow) and means those
using water or other less conventional CPU cooling methods
may need to check their equipment fits. We had planned
to use this board in our Prometeia
test system but found the power connection narrowly hit
our AMD CPU kit. If we discount those flaws, the board's
layout is very good indeed. Leadtek have done a good job
with the presentation here.
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