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Chaintech ZNF3-150 ZENITH Motherboard Review


Closer Look (Cont.)

Speaking of odd, did you happen to notice where the north bridge chipset was in the first place? Right next to the PCI slots, this is where you would usually find the south bridge chipset. You can forget using a Zalman or Swiftech north bridge coolers on this motherboard if you make use of PCI slots 1-3, and you can bet that water cooling the north bridge would also be out of the question.

Aside from the odd placement of the north bridge controller, I can't really complain about the rest of the boards layout. Chaintech did a nice job of placing things in nice, easy locations.

Along the front of the motherboard (front of the motherboard being the side that would usually be closest to the front of the case) are the three IDE connectors, floppy disk connector, and ATX power connector. The four SATA connectors and system BIOS chip are along the bottom front of the motherboard (bottom as in closest to the bottom of a tower case). As mentioned earlier, the north bridge chip is located next to PCI slot 2 and the CMOS battery is beside it. The three memory slots are located in the upper front of the motherboard, and the CPU ZIF socket lays between the memory slots and the rear I/O ports.

  1. Introduction & Specifications
  2. Closer Look
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  7. Testing
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  12. Testing (Continued)
  13. Overclocking
  14. Software
  15. Conclusion
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