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Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-SLI Motherboard Review

Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-SLI Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The GA-K8N Ultra-SLI includes an additional four channel Serial ATA/RAID controller, two Gigabit NICs, IEEE 1394b, 7.1-channel audio, SPDIF in/out...
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Mar 08 2005   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks: UT2004, Doom 3

Unreal Tournament 2004

Source: Epic

Unreal Tournament 2004 is the sequel to the highly popular UT2003 and uses the very latest Unreal Engine technology. Unreal Tournament 2004 employs the use of Vertex and Pixel Shaders and it's recommended that you use a DirectX 9 videocard if you plan to play competitively.

UT2004
dm-rankin FPS Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 109.64
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 113.86
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 120.18
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 122.41
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 121.22
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 129.66
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800 XT) 120.91
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 117.71
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800 XT) 124.07
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 115.36
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 126.86
Soltek SL-K890Pro-939 (K8T890 200/400) 127.64
Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800 XT) 117.26
Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 117.85
as-convoy FPS Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 70.34
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 73.1
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 76.82
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 74.55
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 73.45
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 87.22
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800 XT) 85.33
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 80.53
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800 XT) 79.43
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 74.76
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 85.57
Soltek SL-K890Pro-939 (K8T890 200/400) 85.89
Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800 XT) 75.56
Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 80.56
ctf-bridgeoffate FPS Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 150.44
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 156.65
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 163.97
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 158.11
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 158.15
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 181.18
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800 XT) 175.29
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 161.39
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800 XT) 172.21
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 158.42
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 176.08
Soltek SL-K890Pro-939 (K8T890 200/400) 178.22
Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800 XT) 161.05
Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 161.61

UT2004 can differentiate between motherboards a bit better and here the GA-K8N Ultra-SLI is quite a bit slower than the other PCI Express motherboards for some reason. We reran the tests a few times to double check and came up with the same result. The memory bandwidth issue is probably hurting the board's performance here.

Doom 3

Source: id Software

Doom 3 is the most advanced game to date. it takes advantage of the latest videocard technology and pushes the processing power of the CPU to its absolute limit. At its highest setting, Ultra quality, texture sizes pass the 500MB mark which means even tomorrow's videocards will have a hard time running everything. The frame rates in the game itself are locked at 60 fps so anything above that point is wasted. Each test is run three times with the third run being recorded.

Doom3
LQ 640x480: FPS Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 102.7
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 108.2
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 108.7
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 110
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 107.4
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 114
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800 XT) 112.8
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 109
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800 XT) 117.5
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 111.4
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 115
Soltek SL-K890Pro-939 (K8T890 200/400) 116.1
Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800 XT) 110.1
Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 108.1

Things are much closer here in Doom 3, but the Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-SLI still comes in last among the PCI Express platforms.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-SLI
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-SLI Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Fully Featured Motherboard
 Pg 3.  SATA II and SLI
 Pg 4.  How does it overclock?
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: SYSmark 2004
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Winbench 99
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2004, Super Pi
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: PCMark04, 3DMark2001
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: 3DMark05, AquaMark3
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: Comanche 4, X2: The Threat, UT2003
 Pg 11.  — Benchmarks: UT2004, Doom 3
 Pg 12.  Lots of good useful features!

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