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Gigabyte 8N-SLI Royal, the other SLI alternative (Page 12)

By: Cameron Johnson from Feb 12, 2006 @ 23:00 CST
TweakTown Rating: 85%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

Rating - 8.5 out of 10

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