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Gigabyte 8N-SLI Royal, the other SLI alternative

By: Cameron Johnson | 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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