Written on: 17/09/2004 by FlyingWizard (1 review written)
4 x IDE bays.
Heat generation excessive
Memory installation problems
Dual Bios is a FARCE
Gigabyte GA-7N400 Pro 2 - This board is quite nice until it allows the system to generate CPU temperatures close to 70 degrees.... It generates a massive amount of heat, although not entirely to blame. The Radeon 9800 Pro faces the wrong way and the fan doesn't push the airflow towards the case or power fans.
The installation of additional IDENTICAL memory modules is near impossible (I used memory made by CRUCIAL.COM, 2x512 SS 3200 modules) The board happily accepts one module, but try to install another in any of the listed configurations and it refuses to boot.
The DUAL BIOS is pathetic, using the @BIOS utility provided on the Gigabyte website does exactly the opposite of what you might expect. Not only does it update your main bios, but it also updates your BACKUP bios.... So when the BIOS updates they provide fails (as mine has), the BACKUP is also useless.
The board performs quite well when at the low-end, and is usable if you have a clean case with good air flow or even water cooling, but attempt to upgrade the board (Memory or BIOS) is a joke... This motherboard is being sent back and a replacement is NOT wanted.
Would advise others not to choose any of the K7 Triton Series mainboards until these issues have been resolved