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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: SiSoft Sandra 2004, Super Pi

SiSoft Sandra 2004 Source: Sandra

Sandra is designed to test the theoretical power of a complete system as well as the individual components. The results are also purely theoretical and may not represent real world performance.

Sisoft Sandra 2004 Benchmark Results
Multimedia Benchmark CPU Benchmark Memory Benchmark
Processors Integer SSE2: Floating-Point SSE2: Dhrystone SSE2: Whetstone SSE2: Integer SSE2: Float SSE2:
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 22946 24677 10346 3796 FPU / 4950 SSE2 4974 4978
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 23022 24758 10381 3809 FPU / 4967 SSE2 6108 6074
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 22663 24372 10218 3749 FPU / 48898 SSE2 6008 5958
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 22964 24512 10351 3798 FPU / 4953 SSE2 4985 4977
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 22956 24688 10351 3798 FPU / 4953 SSE2 4978 4978
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 23163 24910 10444 3832 FPU / 4997 SSE2 6167 6115
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 22905 24729 10755 3943 FPU / 5053 SSE2 4975 4976
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400 X800XT) 22917 24743 10715 3945 FPU / 5038 SSE2 6108 6064
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 22638 24441 10773 3897 FPU / 5066 SSE2 5993 5944
Soltek SL-K890Pro-939 (K8T890 200/400) 22621 24423 10866 3894 FPU / 5062 SSE2 6046 5984
Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 22888 24711 10852 3940 FPU / 5116 SSE2 4982 4970

Units:

it/s it/s MIPS MFLOPS MB/s MB/s

The processor numbers are in line with what we'd expect but bandwidth numbers are about 1000MB/s lower than we'd hope for on both the integer and floating point. I'm not sure what's causing this, but hopefully a new BIOS will resolve this issue that also affected the K8NXP-SLI. We'll see how this impacts gaming performance, if at all, in a moment.

Super Pi Source: SuperPI

SuperPI calculates the number PI to 1 Million digits in this raw number crunching benchmark. The program allows the user to change the number of digits of PI that can be calculated from 16 thousand to 32 million. Our benchmark is set to 1 Million digits and 19 iterations.

SuperPi
1 Million Digits: Seconds Ranking
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) 36
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 34
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 Pro 200/400) 35
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 35
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 35
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 34
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 36
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 36
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 35
Soltek SL-K890Pro-939 (K8T890 200/400) 35
Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 35

Despite the lower bandwidth numbers, the Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-SLI still does very well in SuperPi.

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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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