IntroductionVIA's K8T800 Pro and NVIDIA's nForce3 250 core logic have afforded the major mainboard makers an easy opportunity for tweaked or new products based on them. For many manufacturers it was simply a case of a couple of tweaks and a swap of the K8T800 core logic on an existing product, to create a K8T800 Pro design. On the other hand, with many manufacturers shunning nForce3 150, the first revision of NVIDIA's Athlon 64/FX/Opteron core ASIC, any nForce3 250 products were completely new designs.
However, Gigabyte are one such manufacturer that did take the nForce3 150 plunge, with the GA-K8NNXP, so their nForce3 250 product had an established base from which the new product was created. They argue that that's enabled them to create a best-of-breed nForce3 250 product to follow the K8NNXP, so when they asked if they could send over a sample of the K8NS Pro, a motherboard I'd first come into contact with back when nForce3 250 first launched, I was intrigued and could hardly say no.
It's not quite a K8NNXP with just a bridge change, but it's close. So if you're familiar with that board there won't be too many surprises.
So if you're looking to upgrade to, or invest in, the world of Socket 754 Athlon 64 or Sempron, the K8NS Pro might just be worth a look.