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ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard - Full Speed SLI *Exclusive* - Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AF

When nVidia first launched their dual graphics platform, it initially come under some scrutiny for only offering two 8x PCI-E ports. Many months later nVidia announced their nForce 4 SLI X16 chipset which offers two full speed PCI-E slots, each with 16 lanes. Today we've got a very exclusive look at the ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe motherboard. We closely examine the performance of the two different PCI Express port lane configurations to determine if it's actually worth upgrading to the new chipset or not!

| NVIDIA Chipset in Motherboards | Posted: Sep 27, 2005 4:00 am

High Quality AA and AF

 

In our High Quality tests we bump the Antialiasing (AA) and Anisotropic Filtering (AF) up causing the card(s) to be put under more load which usually helps us remove the CPU limitation.

 

We'll use 4 x AA and 8 x AF as this is quite a common setup for most people who are venturing into the AA and AF area.

 

 

We see that at the high resolution Half Life 2 performance is up again compared to the original SLI chipset.

 

 

As you would expect, when we start putting more strain on the graphics cards (in this case a high resolution mixed with AA and AF), we begin to see the tables turn.

 

If you're going to see any real benefit of the full bandwidth provided by the new chipset, you'll have to be running a high resolution with all the settings turned up!

 

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