After living with this board for almost three weeks, I was very pleased with the stability the Dual Power System provided. Whether or not a Dual Power System is required is debatable, but it doesn?t hurt to have it. I really can?t see it come into play unless you overclock the front side bus, but with the limited overclock I was able to attain, it is not clear why it was included. Like I said, the overclock wasn?t hampered by the CPU, but a memory timing incompatibility. Hopefully Gigabyte will recover and release a BIOS to remedy this (and hopefully unlock the multiplier).
It?s true, you?re not going to go from your Barton 3200+ to an Athlon64 2800+ and see a huge jump. But where the Barton core maxes out, the Athlon64 core takes over. Once the GA-K8NSNXP matures you?ll see some wicked overclocks, especially with the Athlon64 2800+ as you have seen on some other boards like MSI?s and EPoX?s nF3 250-based boards.
With an overabundance of features, such as IDE RAID, SATA RAID, dual Ethernet, the new FireWire 800 (1394b), Dual BIOS, a Dual Power System for stability, 7.1ch audio and the multitude of utilities, this board has a value attached to it like no other. An overclockers board it isn?t, but if a multitude of features and a stable stock platform is more your forte, this board is calling your name
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