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Premium Computing - Gigabyte K8NXP-SLI and 3D1 together - Final Thoughts


By: | Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Mar 8, 2005 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: Gigabyte

Final Thoughts

 

It is no doubt that SLI and nVidia are the biggest words on everyone's lips still and probably will be for some time yet. AMD Athlon 64 has been given a huge boost over the Intel platforms, since as of right now SLI simply isn't possible unless you get yourself a Xeon system on the Tumwater Workstation solutions, and this will set you back quite a bit of money.

 

The nForce4 SLI chipset has combined all of the great features of the nForce3 250GB and built further with the first official dual PCI-E graphics solution. Gigabyte's adoption of the K8NXP-SLI is nothing short of brilliant.

 

The 3D1 from Gigabyte is a revolutionary product, even though it only runs on the K8NXP-SLI board due to the limitations of SLI. We hope to see Gigabyte produce an nForce4 Pentium 4 SLI board that can support this card, so it's not just a single board/single card solution.

 

As far as pricing goes, the bundle isn't initially a cheap buy however if you run the sums of buying the motherboard separately and two 6600GT cards, it will cost you around $600 US whereas the 3D1 bundle goes for around $550 US on retail sites like Newegg, Buy.com and Zip Zoom Fly.

 

Overall we really enjoyed the performance and package of the K8NXP-SLI and the 3D1 and in all Gigabyte has given the end-user just what you are looking for in a gamer's board without the need to purchase two 6600GT video cards, simply plug your 3D1 in and you are set.

 

- Pros

 

SLI ready

 

Supports 3D1 Flawlessly

 

Fast

 

Firewire-800 Ready

 

Additional RAID controllers

 

Supports other SLI cards if you wish

 

- Cons

 

Overclocking was somewhat lax

 

Rating - 9 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Best Performance Award

 

 

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