The first feature that I’d like to zoom into is the storage featured onboard,
The Gigabyte K8NXP-SLI allows users to connect up to 12 storage devices altogether,
4 via onboard IDE, 4 via Native SATA-II (All linked via NVRAID) and 4 via SATA
provided by the onboard SIL3114 chip. This give users the flexibility to connect
a plethora of Optical Drives and Hard Disk Drives to the mainboard, making it
a good choice for file servers or workstations. The RAID5 capabilities of the
SIL3114 chip is also a plus, although the performance might leave much to be
The board comes with IEEE1394B onboard via a controller provided by Texas Instruments,
allowing users to connect High-bandwidth Firewire 800 devices to the mainboard.
As mentioned earlier in the article, Gigabyte is one of the first few mainboard
manufacturers to adopt this technology.
The Onboard sound available on the K8NXP-SLI isn’t fantastic, an 8 Channel
AC97 sound solution provided by Realtek’s ALC850, but it’ll suffice for those
that are not too particular with sound.
Gigabyte’s dual bios technology has always been welcomed, to ensure functionality
of the workstation in times of virus attacks and bios corruptions due to unforseen
Gigabyte bundles a myriad of in-house softwares for a board, such as Gigabyte’s Easytune5 utility, a nifty overclocking software that has evolved quite a bit since the introduction since the late 2001. Another interesting software that is worth a mention would be the Gigabyte’s COM, a web-based system management tool that allows client system hardware such as CPU, memory, graphics card and much more to be monitored or controlled via another computer.