As shown by the above diagram, the board features many upgrade options. It has 4 PCI card slots, 2 PCI-E 1x slots, and a PCI-E 16x slot for adding a more powerful graphics card. The onboard graphics has a regular analog output for viewing on a monitor or a projector. However, it does not feature DVI or TV out, which is a big disadvantage compared to most of today’s graphics solutions. Even the buget range of graphics cards now come with TV out and DVI. However, expect these features to be present in retail motherboards when they start appearing on the market.
A Closer Look…..
Upon closer inspection, we can see a passively cooled GeForce 6150 chip. Even during testing, the chipset only felt warm to the touch, and did not show any sign on overheating
The picture below shows the board’s whopping 4 sataII ports and the nForce 430 MCP. Raid [0,1,0+1 and 5] is configurable from the BIOS. The 430 MCP was very hot, and the prescence of heatsink mounting holes might indicate the use of a heatsink in production versions of the board.
The board’s Gigabit ethernet comes in the form of a Marvel controller, and the audio is powered by a Azalia ALC800 AC97 chip, which is capable of 7.1 channel sound.
The I/O panel is very bare, with no DVI or composite connectors. However, the audio connectors includes an optical out.