AOpen will launch a powerful PC motherboard for home entertainment, gaming, home office, and power computing mid May.
The motherboard, nCK804Ua-LFS, is designed to be installed with an AMD 64-bit Athlon K8 CPU, and the powerful nVidia nForce4 CK8-04 Ultra chipset comes on-board.
The nForce4 Ultra chip features the latest PCI-Express bus technology and deliver top performance, feature-rich multimedia computing, and security protection for the most demanding PC users. ?The motherboard comes with a high definition 7.1-channel surround sound output port on the real panel, which supports outstanding audio output features,? said Edward Chen, channel manager of the Platform Development Division.
?One of the other strong features is the hard disk interface of this motherboard, which supports Serial ATA-II and that is two times faster than most hard drives on the market,? Chen explains. The unique single-chip nForce4 Ultra chip offers one of the industry?s best core-logic solutions with outstanding performance and the latest technologies ? PCI Express, secure high-speed networking, and high-performance storage ? and ensures that your PC stays ready for the newest games, future applications, and next-generation PC specifications.
With the powerful chip, the motherboard is designed to run with the next-generation PCI Express graphics cards and other devices. It includes one x16 PCI Express graphics slot and one x1 PCI Express expansion slots. This new, high-performance bus delivers over 4GBps in both upstream and downstream data transfers.
The system is built with NVIDIA?s ActiveArmor technology. Its dedicated hardware-based secure networking engine protects your PC from hackers and spyware the minute it is turned on and filters out any unauthorized or suspicious traffic. Protects against a wide range of attacks including IP-spoofing and ARP cache poisoning. The system is easy to set up and fast to configure. ActiveArmor offers remote secure access, monitoring, and configuration for management. Additionally, ActiveArmor protects your desktop PC while you browse the Web, play online games, or share files across a network at full Gigabit Ethernet speeds.
The motherboard is built with NVIDIA MediaShield technology and supports advanced storage with RAID technology. The system provides unique support for four SATA-II and four ATA-133 drives. Its SATA-II hard drive data transfer speed doubles that of SATA hard drives. The system supports RAID 0, RAID 1, and RAID 0+1 configuration, enabling fast disk data transfers. It allows RAID arrays across both SATA and PATA hard drives and provides advanced features like the NVIDIA disk alert system that immediately alerts you if a drive fails, and dedicated spare disks that will automatically rebuild if a failed hard drive is detected.
The motherboard is built with Gigabit Ethernet interface that delivers one of the highest throughputs for fast network transfers and lowers CPU utilization. It runs 10/100 Ethernet up to full Gigabit speeds.
The NVIDIA nTune technology optimizes the PC performance. The system automatically gets optimal settings for bus speeds, HyperTransport, memory timings, CPU registers, fans, and voltages in a safe, easy-to-use Microsoft Windows interface. nTune provides the ability to overclock system settings without entering the BIOS or changing hardware jumpers.
The motherboard is designed to support DDR 400/333 memory expandable to 4GB and FSB (Front Side Bus) of 1GHz. The Cool?n?Quiet technology of the motherboard supports up to four DIMM modules.
The board comes with PCI Express X16 slot, to which a number of AOpen?s high-end Aeolus graphics cards can be installed.
The system is designed with high expansion capability. Its expansion slots support one PCI Express*16, one PCI Express*1, and three PCI slots.