Gigabyte's GA-K8NSNXP-939 motherboard

Dual everything
— 12:00 AM on September 10, 2004

AS A DUAL OPTERON user running two monitors and a pair of hard drives in RAID 1, I'm a pretty firm believer that two is better than one. Maybe that's why Gigabyte's GA-K8NSNXP-939 Athlon 64 motherboard caught my eye. The GA-K8NSNXP-939 might only accommodate a single 939-pin Athlon 64 processor, but the board comes equipped with dual BIOS chips, a pair of Ethernet jacks, two Serial ATA RAID controllers, dual-channel memory, and even a six-phase "Dual Power System."

Be still my beating heart.

And there's more to the GA-K8NSNXP-939 than two of everything. The board also sports NVIDIA's nForce3 Ultra chipset, a feature-rich BIOS, and a handy external Serial ATA adapter. What's not to like? A couple of things, actually. Read on to see where the GA-K8NSNXP-939 shines and where it stumbles.

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