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EVGA nForce 4 SLI Mainboard Review - Page 3 of 13

BOARD DETAILS

CPU Heatsink & Fan (HSF) Clearances

Numbered DIMM Slots

Sufficient space is provided around the CPU socket for your favorite heat sink and fan combination (HSF) although in the photo above it does look a little cramped with a 92mm fan. The next photo of the DIMM slots gives a better look at that area.

As you can see from the photo there are "4’ 184-pin DIMM sockets. The slots provide support for up to 4GB of unbuffered, non-ECC, DDR400 memory. Two PC3200 memory modules, in dual channel configuration, are shown mounted in the appropriate slots.

Update: EVGA notified us that page 13 of their motherboard manual has been updated with the following information.

Motherboard Manual Page 13 Update

Page 14 of the manual will also be corrected as it incorrectly shows DIMM 1 being closest to the CPU socket when in fact DIMM 4 is.

As a result of EVGA's swift response, we have stricken the following paragraphs.

Although the silk-screened labeling shows the modules mounted in DIMM3 and DIMM1, left to right, the label identifying DIMM3 in the photo is actually DIMM2. Confusing? Well, the silk-screened labels read DIMM4, DIMM3, DIMM2, DIMM1, left to right. Labels on DIMM2 and DIMM3 need to be reversed.

The manual also appears to be incorrect as it leads one to believe that DIMM slots 1 and 2 are the first two closest to the cpu socket.

The color coding of the DIMM slots are actually correct and are what you need to go by when setting up a dual channel array. DIMM #1 (yellow) is the slot furthest away with #3 (blue) being next, then #2 (yellow), and finally DIMM #4 (blue) being located next to the cpu socket.

Compatible memory modules can be successfully set up in dual channel by using either DIMMs 1 & 2 or 3 & 4, as stated in the manual. You just need to know that DIMMS 1 & 2 are yellow and 3 & 4 are blue. A little confusing but the neat little program, CPU-Z from CPUID.COM, helped sort it out.

Four compatible memory modules can effectively be set up in dual channel on this motherboard.

PCI & PCI-Express Slots

EZ Plug

Note the 3 PCI Express full-length slots above. The top and bottom yellow slots are PCI Express x8 (for SLI configuration) and the blue one in the middle is a PCI Express x16 (for single card non-SLI use). The bottom (yellow) x8 PCI-E slot effectively activates SLI when a compatible video card is mounted in this slot, of course, along with a like card in the top (yellow) x8 PCI-E slot with both cards connected by the SLI bridge chip. The video monitor plug is required to be plugged in to the bottom card for SLI operation. Much simpler than fooling with jumpers or switching cards.

Below the PCI Express slots are 3 "regular’ PCI slots to provide support for PCI legacy devices. Located above the top PCI Express x8 slot is a small blue PCI Express x1 slot. The 12 volt, board mounted, SLI power plug (EZ Plug) is located just above the PCI Express x1 slot, as shown in the second photo above.

Next Page: Board Details Continued

Last Updated on August 23, 2005


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