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Gigabyte 8N-SLI Royal, the other SLI alternative - Final Thoughts

Today we spend some time looking at the 8N-SLI Royal, the little brother of the Quad Royal we looked at recently.

| NVIDIA Chipset in Motherboards | Posted: Feb 13, 2006 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 8.5%      Manufacturer: Gigabyte

Final Thoughts

 

It is clear that there is little difference in terms of performance between the Intel 955X and nVidia nForce 4 SLI chipsets for the Intel platform. While the nForce 4 has a slightly better memory controller, in the real world it isn't going to give you much.

 

The one thing that nForce 4 has over the Intel chipset is SLI. No third party chipset has any SLI support, and nVidia has no intentions of allowing this to happen. While Intel and ULI have put in chipsets for SLI qualification, it's clear that there is no urgency to have them passed by nVidia - especially for ULI, now they are under nVidia's power.

 

Gigabyte's interpretation of this chipset is very clean and fast with a great deal put into the features of the board, as well as putting the time and effort in for the overclockers as well.

 

Overall we found the board to be a good performer with great futures for the enthusiast market who simply want a more rounded setup than the 8N SLI Quad Royal.

 

- Pros

 

SLI support

 

Good overclocking options

 

Firewire-800 Ready

 

Additional RAID controller

 

Dual Ethernet

 

- Cons

 

Only two PCI Express x8 slots rather than two x16 slots

 

Need to use a SLI selector paddle

 

- Latest Pricing

 

Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal Motherboard

 

Rating - 8.5 out of 10

 

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