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Chaintech VNF4 Ultra Zenith VE 

Manufacturer: Chaintech
Supplied by: Chaintech
Street Price: $90.00

by Brian Tiller (6/29/2005)

Introduction

Since its introduction, nVidia’s nForce4 chipset coupled with AMD’s successful socket 939 Athlon 64, has been greeted with enthusiasm and been a very successful product. Both gamers and non gamers alike have hailed it for its stability and performance under a variety of tasks. One of its most popular features of course has been the SLI functionality for all our gaming buddies out there. But, while not everyone needs the uber-fast frame rates that SLI can put out, we all want good performance and rock solid stability at a decent price.

Chaintech has been putting out motherboards, graphics cards and sound cards for quite a while now and they’ve developed a strong line up of value priced offerings. Today we get the chance to grab a handful of their Value Edition 939 motherboard, the VNF4 Ultra. While the motherboard is the ‘Ultra’ version of the nForce4 chipset, it's not sporting any SLI, but priced at $92, Chaintech is making an effort to combine performance with economy.

Taking a look at the specifications, we can see that for a ‘budget’ motherboard, Chaintech has thrown quite a few features in especially considering the price tag.

Specifications:

  • CPU: AMD Athlon64 Socket 939

  • Chipset: nVidia nForce4 Ultra

  • Memory: 4DIMMS, up to 4GB of DDR 266/333/400

  • (4) SATA2 connectors (3.0 Gb/s). Supports RAID 0/1/0+1
    (2) IDE Connectors
    (1) FDD Connector

  • (1) PCI-Express x16
    (2) PCI-Express x1
    (3) PCI slots

  • Onboard nVidia 7.1 channel audio

  • Support for up to 10 USB 2.0 ports

  • Onboard Gigabit Ethernet

  • Dimensions: 305mm x 220mm


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