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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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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Feb 25 2005   Colin Sun  
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More Storage Features

We’re not done with the nForce4’s storage features yet. Also included is support for command queuing. When partnered with a compatible hard drive, this technology allows the controller to shuffle the order of the data it requests from a given disk to take into account the physical facts of that data’s location on the drive.

In other words, the controller will request data out of sequence to optimize the time it takes the drive to physically read the data. This should increase drive performance, or at least decrease the performance hit imposed by a badly fragmented drive.

Finally, nVidia includes something they call the ‘disk alert system.’ Provided the motherboard manufacturer takes the time to implement the feature properly, when one of your hard disks fails, your system will pop up an alert window with a picture of your motherboard, indicating the exact controller where the failure has taken place.

I think this is more of a novelty feature, and not a useful as some form of LED indicator lights would be. Still, if you are unsure which drive is SATA0 or SATA1, I suppose it could be helpful.

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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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