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nVidia nForce 4 SLI Intel Edition

By: Shawn Baker | NVIDIA Chipsets in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Apr 17, 2005 4:00 am

Test System Setup


Processor(s): Intel Pentium 4 EE 3.46GHz (1066 FSB)


Graphics Card: 2 X nVidia 6800GT PCI E reference (Supplied by nVidia)


Memory: 2 X 512MB Corsair DDR-2 PC5400UL (Supplied by Corsair Micro)


Hard Disk(s): Western Digital Raptor 74GB 10,000 RPM (Supplied by Western Digital)


Operating System: Windows XP Professional SP1


Drivers: nVidia Forceware 71.84, DX9c and nVidia Unified 7.02


We are going to be running three sets of tests on the setup we have here today, the new nForce 4 running in SLI utilizing two nVidia 6800GT cards, then a set of tests with only one graphics card so it can be compared evenly against our Intel 925XE motherboard.


For comparison we are going to be using the ASUS P5AD2 motherboard which has put nVidia already in a tough position as the nVidia board is reference whereas the 925XE board is a full retail model with mature drivers. This isn't the only problem for nVidia as not only is the motherboard a full retail model but the best 925XE board available on the market when it comes to performance.


We think that you will be surprised with the results the nForce 4 Intel Edition achieves and it is worth remembering that we are comparing a reference board with wires hand soldered against a full retail 925XE board, this is something we can't stress enough.


Overclocking Attempt


When we first got the reference motherboard from nVidia we didn't even think about testing the overclocking ability because it was a reference and running off past experiences we didn't expect too much. We thought being nVidia though we would go and try and take it for a little spin and see what we could do with it.



To our surprise we didn't do too badly - we didn't put a lot of time and effort into it but putting half an hour a side we got up to 3.8GHz or 292.5MHz FSB up from the standard 266MHz. We were hoping to get up to 300MHz but with time being a key factor we didn't get a chance plus we want something to do when we get a full retail board or two.


We have run a few tests with these overclocked settings in SLI mode to give you an idea on performance when overclocked.


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