GA-7NNXP Series of Motherboards -The Ultimate Solution for AMD AthlonTM XP Platform

2003-05-13
Ultimate Solution for AMD AthlonTM XP Platform
Gigabyte Technology announces the GA-7NNXP, a flagship model of the NVIDIA nForce2 chipset based motherboard, accompanied with the launch of AMD Athlon XP 400MHz FSB processor. The brand new GA-7NNXP inherits the extreme power of nForce2 Ultra 400 platform processors and contains the innovative "6-Dual Miracle" design to deliver an ultimate solution with unprecedented performance and rock-solid stability. The GA-7NNXP stands at the top among AMD Athlon XP platforms of Gigabyte and the entire motherboard industry.

The New Generation nForceTM2 Platform Processors
The GA-7NNXP consists of the new generation NVIDIA nForce2 Ultra 400 System Platform Processor (SPP) and Media and Communications Processors-Turbo (MCP-T). The SPP carries the next generation architecture consisting of 400 MHz system bus, dual channel DDR400 controller andAGP8X graphics interface to provide a framework for excellent performance. The unique Dynamic Adaptive Speculative Pre-processor (DASP) and Hyper-Transport is integrated to boost the overall system performance. The nForce2 MCP-T, included the richest set of connectivity solutions and finest audio features, delivers a complete solution for home and office environment. The GA-7NNXP makes the ideal platform for full spectrum of applications.

Revolutionary "6-Dual Miracle" Design Included
The GA-7NNXP is also integrated with revolutionary "6-Dual Miracle" design which has received attention and approval from media and customers' opinions since its introduction last year. Six building blocks constitute the "6-Dual" Miracle design. The first element represents the innovative Dual Power System (DPS) design. The second one is the new generationmemory architecture - Dual Channel DDR with enhancedstrength for DDR400. The third component is Dual RAID including SATA RAID and ATA133 RAID, which deliver substantial storage capacity and performance. DualCooling System, the forth element, is designed to further reduce the thermal issue. The fifth is the well-known DualBIOS™. The last is the innovative Dual LAN design.

Dual Power System (DPS)
The Dual Power System (DPS) is an ingenious design applied to enhance the stability of the system. In a DPS designed motherboard, an additional 3-phase power circuit DPVRM (Dual Power Voltage Regulator Module) daughter card is added to the motherboard to provide a total of 6-phase power circuit - twice the amount recommended by the current standard motherboard design guideline. This effectively provides a more durable and stable power circuit to sustain a larger electric current of up to 150A. The DPStechnology is conceived and specially designed for intensifying the stability of current and future systemswith a high working frequency.

Dual LAN Solution with Intel® Gigabit LAN integrated
Combined Gigabit and Ethernet LAN solution, the innovative Dual LAN design of 7NNXP allows a PC to serve as a network gateway for managing traffic between two separate networks. This capability ensures rapid transfer of data from WAN to LAN without any added arbitration or latency. With the bandwidth of 1 Gigabit/s of Intel Gigabit LAN solution, users can efficiently download MP3 and AVI data and distribute the information to locally networked PCs.

Dual Channel DDR400
The nForce2 SPP represents the new generation Dual Channel DDR solution for AMD AthlonXP processors. The dual channel DDR400 architecture provides an supreme bandwidth of 6.4GB/s and gives users even greater performance than that of RDRAM memory which is already well known for its outstanding speed.

Dual RAID
With Silicon Image Serial ATA and GigaRAID RAID controller chips, the GA-7NNXP provides two RAID interfaces to deliver sound data protection and tremendous capacity for data storage. Silicon Image Serial ATA controller chip delivers the emerging Serial ATA interface with the option of RAID function to the platform. The Serial ATA interface is the next generation storage interface with scalable performance for desktop platform. The brand new GigaRAID IDE RAID chip, a full function RAID controller, supports RAID 0(Striping), RAID 1(Mirroring), RAID 0+1 function, and JBOD (Just a Bunch Of Drives). JBOD is newly developed function that makes disks appear to be logical one for easier disk management. The ITE GigaRAID also provides additional two UDMA ATA-133/100 interfaces that support up to 4 ATAPI devices such as hard drive.

Dual Cooling System
The Dual Cooling System consists of a DPVRM active fan sink and an active fan sink located on the SPP. With these two active fan sinks, the heat produced by the SPP and MOSFET located on the DPVRM are greatly reduced. In addition, the airflow path is designed to drain heat out from the fan sink ditches, providing extra ventilation to the surrounding heat dissipating components.

DualBIOS™
On Gigabyte motherboards with DualBIOS™ there are physically two BIOS chips. If the main BIOS fails to boot up due to virus infection or catastrophic failure, the back up BIOS automatically takes over on the next system start up. This innovative technology assures the motherboard's stability and reliability.

More Features and benefits
IEEE1394 FireWire
In addition to the USB 2.0 interface, the nForce2 MCP-T also integrates hardwired IEEE1394 support. The multimedia-oriented high-bandwidth IEEE1394 interface will enhance PC connectivity with consumer electronics audio/video (A/V) appliances, and storage peripherals. Users can upload video faster from their camcorders and other devices, plus backup data more efficiently.

Advance Audio Feature – NVIDIA® SoundStormTM
Powered by the advanced feature set of nForce2 Audio Processing Unit (APU), the NVIDIA SoundStorm solution not only supports high quality 6-channel surround sound but also processes and outputs a Dobly Digital audio stream directly to a home theater system via a S/P-DIP connection. With the state-of-art audio solution, user will experience the powerful 3D sound with digital cinema clarity during gaming ormovie watching.

GA-7NNXP Main Specification
  • Socket A for AMD Athlon TM XP processor with FSB 400 MHz
  • NVIDIA nForceTM2 System Platform Processors (SPP) and Media and Communications Processors-Turbo (MCP-T)
  • AGP Pro/8x, 5 PCI slots
  • Dual Channel DDR400/333 with 4 DIMMs, up to 3GB
  • DPVRM for Dual Power System
  • Dual LAN solution
  • Intel 82540EM Gigabit LAN connection
  • Silicon Image Serial-ATA interface
  • ITE GigaRAID IDE RAID interface
  • 3 IEEE1394 ports
  • 6 USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  • 6-channel AC97 audio
  • 2 Ultra ATA133 connectors
  • DualBIOS
  • Xpress Installation, Easytune™ 4, Q-Flash™, @BIOS™


Complete Product Line Is Ready
Accompanying with the flagship model 7NNXP, Gigabyte provides a complete line of nForce2 platforms, including 7NNXPV, 7N400 Pro, 7N400V Pro, 7N400, and 7N400V, to fulfill the requirement of differentapplications and system configurations. With the excellent performance and functionality, this productseries presents the best choice of AMD AthlonTM XP platforms this year.