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Review: DFI NB80-EA Granite Bay

by Tarinder Sandhu on 29 November 2002, 00:00

Tags: DFI (TPE:2397)

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Specifications and bundle


  • Supports all Socket 478 CPUs (400FSB & 533FSB)


  • North bridge: Intel E7205 MCH (Granite Bay)
  • South bridge: Intel ICH4

System Memory

  • 4 x 184-pin DDR SDRAM (2 sets of 2 DIMMS for dual-channel support)
  • DDR200 / DDR266 support @ 2.5v
  • 4GB maximum system RAM (unbuffered)
  • Dual-DDR support is only available with DIMMS of equal size and configuration)


  • AGP Pro (ver. 3.0) slot, 8x / 4x AGP compliant (50 watts +) (0.8/1.5 support only)
  • 5 x 32-bit PCI 33MHz slots
  • 1 CNR slot

On-board peripherals - I/O

  • 1 floppy port supports 2 FDD
  • 3 Audio Jacks for ALC650 sound chipset
  • Realtek RTL8100B 10/100 LAN
  • 6 USB2.0 connectors
  • S/PIDF In/Out portsA
  • PS/2 ports
  • Serial and parallel ports

On-board IDE

  • An IDE controller on the ICH4 chipset provides IDE HDD/CD-ROM with PIO, Bus Master and Ultra DMA 100/66 operation modes
  • Promise PDC20265R RAID controller
  • Ultra DMA/ATA 100, 66, 33 operation modes
  • RAID 0 and RAID 1 support (not both concurrently)
  • Marvell '8830 SATA controller (1.5 Gbps), one port.

Integrated Components

  • Realtek 10/100 LAN
  • ALC650 6-channel sound chip

Other features

  • Custom backplane
  • 4 usable fan headers
  • Smart card and memory stick interfaces.
  • 6-layer construction
  • Hyper-Threading support

Bundle and extras

The DFI motherboard ships in a pleasing box. Along with the motherboard you're also provided with one SATA cable, one floppy cable, and 3 ATA cables. The manual, whilst well written and generally informative, was provided on A4 sheets. Obviously the final version will be in the regular booklet format. Further, a RAID booklet, gameport extension, drivers, and custom backplane complete the package. Whilst not suffocating you with extras, the basic package ensures that you can get the motherboard up and running with minimal fuss.