The area surrounding the CPU socket is practically clear on three sides. While not excessively loud, the RadEX intake fan could be heard over quieter system fans but it does move a good amount of air through the duct. Just want a reason why I’m getting choke on my CS now. With uncompressed CD audio, the Zenith 9CJS tends to muffle background sounds and take the edge off foreground instruments when compared with discrete Envy-powered audio cards. This is almost unacceptable, until I realized that the default setting allows the FSB to be automatically detected. Customize The Tech Report

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The board has 2 USB port headers. The onboard speaker is just below the SATA4 port.

That’s a little weak for an enthusiast-oriented board in this price range. The standard placement of CD-IN connectors on the motherboard is absent. They are made of plastic and the silver is not as clean looking as the black or beige. The nForce chipset is a no-board chipset solution, and Chaintech wisely decided to place the chipset in a less crowded area.

This jumper is also a very well hidden secret. I wouldn’t expect the audio quality to be on par with discrete Envybased cards that use high-end DACs. I’m asking because, once you change a network card, you get a different IP.

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To the left of the CPU socket is the Northbridge. They all do fine. I suggest trying to tweak it using Broadbandreports.

In fact, I’m not aware of any PC speaker solutions supporting 7. Feb 12, Posts: The onboard NIC is fine. The area surrounding the CPU socket is practically clear on three sides.

The IR connection is to the left of these connectors. The panic is over, and I think it is good engineering foresight for Chaintech to include the manual capacity should one have compatibility issues. A retention tab is definitely a plus for the quick trips to your favorite LAN party, but this capacitor should be moved. We have a message in to Chaintech about this and will advise once a solution is determined.

Neutronbeam Zak, you know you can’t validate any of the above details without first throwing Sep 16, Posts: So, save some money and use the onboard LAN. Mon Apr 26, 6: What kind of connection do you have?

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Most Active Forum Topics this week Bump for any clever ideas about small onboard USB headers, especially where chaaintec get a cable that will work. Is there any reason why I should buy a network card? LG HU85L projector needs but two inches to cast a 90″ picture.

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Established inChaintech has been a player in the enthusiast market but not at all times very visible. Just want a reason why I’m getting choke on my CS now.

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Chaintech obviously took their time in designing this motherboard, since no areas on the board could really be considered problematic. The placement has a small potential to impede airflow, but, because of the overall position, proper cable routing will alleviate this minimal risk.

When the motherboard is installed, this location is at the top of the board close to the power supply. They wouldn’t stay put, even if I could get them all stuck on there in the right order the header is between the agp slot and first pci.