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Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI nForce4-SLI Motherboard Review

Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI nForce4-SLI Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: If you consider yourself a performance enthusiast and are contemplating purchasing a new system or motherboard in the near future, do yourself a favor and get something that's SLI compatible.
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Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Feb 25 2005   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks: PCMark04, 3DMark2001

PCMark04 Source: FutureMark

The latest version of the popular PCMark series, PCMark04 is an application-based benchmark and a premium tool for measuring overall PC performance. It uses portions of real applications instead of including whole applications or using specifically created code. This allows PCMark04 to maintain a smaller installation size while still giving accurate results.

PCMark04:
Overall Points Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 4804
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 5042
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 4992
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 4943
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 4927
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 5024
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 5034
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 4924
CPU Points Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 4552
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 4620
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 4558
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 4546
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 4563
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 4564
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 4609
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 4578
Memory Points Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 4968
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 5737
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 5043
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 4984
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 4994
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 5757
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 5790
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 5017

PCMark04 confirms what SiSoft Sandra and Super Pi report, it seems the Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI is slightly slower than its nForce4 counterparts, especially when it comes to the memory. I hope a newer BIOS or official drivers will boost performance...

3DMark2001 Source: FutureMark

By combining DirectX8 support with completely new graphics, 3DMark 2001 SE continues to provide a good overall system benchmark. 3DMark2001 SE was created in co-operation with the major 3D accelerator and processor manufacturers to provide a reliable set of diagnostic tools. The suite demonstrates 3D gaming performance by using real-world gaming technology to test a system's true abilities. Tests include: DirectX8 Vertex Shaders, Pixel Shaders and Point Sprites, DOT3 and Environment Mapped Bump Mapping, support for Full Scene Anti-aliasing and Texture Compression and two game tests using Ipion real-time physics. Higher 3DMark scores denote better performance.

3DMark2001SE:
Motherboards: Points Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 27601
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 29144
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 28908
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 28383
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 28127
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 27766
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 28976
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 23676
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 27429
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 21860

The Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI actually comes in last here in 3DMark2001 which is a bit of a disappointment! GeForce 6600GTs in SLI also do not do too well here but then again nVIDIA cards haven't for a while in this test.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI nForce4-SLI Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  SATA II and SLI
 Pg 3.  nForce4 Technology Loving
 Pg 4.  Disk Improvements
 Pg 5.  More Storage Features
 Pg 6.  Overclocking and BIOS
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: SYSmark 2004
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Winbench 99
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2004, Super Pi
 Pg 10.  — Benchmarks: PCMark04, 3DMark2001
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: 3DMark05, AquaMark3
 Pg 12.  Benchmarks: Comanche 4, X2: The Threat, UT2003
 Pg 13.  Benchmarks: UT2004, Doom 3
 Pg 14.  A great motherboard with a bright future!

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