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Reviewed by: Trevor Flynn [07.17.03]
Edited by: Carl Nelson
Manufactured by: Gigabyte

Est. Street Price: $175

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The Performance

We've stacked the GA-7NNXP up against all of the other nForce2 motherboards we've reviewed so far. That includes the Soltek SL-75FRN-L, the Epox 8rda+ and the Asus A7N8X. We've also included the KT333a based Soltek SL-75DRV-5 board for a little perspective. Out of respect, or perhaps pity, we've not included any KT400a boards for these tests.

For testing purposes all motherboards were setup with an AIUGA Athlon XP 1700+, 2 sticks of 256MB Samsung PC2700 RAM (synched with CPU FSB and run in a Dual DDR configuration), a Soltek SL-GF4TI4200 (41.09), a WD 20GB Caviar ATA100, 7200rpm, 2MB HDD, and a clean install of Windows XP SP1.  The latest NForce, detonator and Via 4 in 1 drivers were used for each respective motherboard.

On to the benches!

We'll once again start things off with the memory benchmarks. First up as always is Sandra 2003.

The 7NNXP looks good out of the blocks performing neck and neck with the best of the rest.  Aida32 memory tests are next.

Once again, the 7NNXP is right up there.  We'd expect the trend to continue through the gaming benchmarks, but just to be safe, let's check them out anyway. Let's start the ever popular synthetic 3dmark series of benchmarks.

One of these days I'll get myself a DX9 compliant card...  Let's see how the 7NNXP does in the DX8 3dmark2001 series

Once again the Gigabyte board is right up there, but still just barely shy of the top scorer.

Next on to another synthetic benchmark, Vulpine's GLMark, which puts into use all of the latest OpenGL technologies available.  Tests were run at 1024x768x32 with default settings

Always the bridesmaid and never the bride?  "Not so!" says the 7NNXP as it finally claims top spot in a benchmark (umm, yeah).

For our Unreal Tournament benchmark we've used the nice little set that is provided kindly by the folks over at [H]ardOCP. The default High Quality settings were used at 1024x768x32 resolution, in Direct3D mode.

Once again a solid showing from the Gigabyte board.  Finally we'll finish things off with a quick run of Massive Development's Aquamark benchmark test run with default settings

Again, the 7NNXP is right up there at the top as it has been consitently throughout the whole testing process. If anything can be said about this boards performances it's that it is a solid competitor. While not always top amongs the test board, the 7NNXP was consitently in the top two showing some great all around performance.

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