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Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal NF4-SLI Intel Edition Review

Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal NF4-SLI Intel Edition Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Crush 19 nForce4-SLI Intel Edition chipset differs substantially from the Nforce 4 chipset for AMD64 in a couple respects.
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Apr 04 2005   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks: Comanche 4, X2: The Threat, UT2003

Comanche 4 Source: Novalogic

The Comanche 4 benchmark demo is a unique test as it represents a real-world gaming experience. It contains the single player "Eagle's Talon" mission from the game as well as a detailed cinematic. This DirectX 8.1 benchmark demo will measure your system's performance in the standard frames per second format. The benchmark was run with audio disabled.

Comanche 4
640x480 FPS Ranking
Albatron PX925XE Pro-R (925XE 200/400) 58.25
Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D (i925X 200/400) 59.44
MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum (i915P 200/400) 56.07
DFI LANParty 875P-T (i875P 200/400) 55.72
ASRock 775V88 (PT880 200/400) 54.64
VIA PT894 Ref Motherboard (PT894 200/400) 56.03
AOpen i915Pa-PLF (915P 200/400) 57.93
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4-SLI 200/400 X800XT) 57.79
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4-SLI 200/400 GeForce 6600GT Single) 57.37
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4-SLI 200/400 GeForce 6600GT SLI) 57.21
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400 X800XT) 82.03
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400 6600GT Single) 82.62
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 81.47

Comanche 4 is one of the few benchmarks that does not report the Gigabyte NF4 motherboard as being the fastest Intel system, but it does not lag behind by much. Obviously, this benchmark is not SLi compatible.

X2: The Threat Source: Egosoft

A completely rewritten 3D engine based on DirectX8 encompasses many visual effects such as volumetric Nebulae (gas clouds) that have a real impact in the game (you can hide in them) and many new engine, shield, weapon and explosion effects. Objects cast real dynamic 3D shadows! Dynamic DP3 bump mapping allows a previously unseen level of detail.

X2 The Threat
640x480 FPS Ranking
Albatron PX925XE Pro-R (925XE 200/400) 176.298
Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D (i925X 200/400) 184.172
MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum (i915P 200/400) 173.165
DFI LANParty 875P-T (i875P 200/400) 166.843
ASRock 775V88 (PT880 200/400) 166.333
VIA PT894 Ref Motherboard (PT894 200/400) 174.335
AOpen i915Pa-PLF (915P 200/400) 176.477
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4-SLI 200/400 X800XT) 162.596
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4-SLI 200/400 GeForce 6600GT Single) 137.754
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4-SLI 200/400 GeForce 6600GT SLI) 150.863
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400 X800XT) 185.347
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400 6600GT Single) 169.034
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 183.146

I was a bit surprised by the X2: The Threat numbers as the Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal trails the others by quite a bit. The board we're playing with is still beta however and I'm sure Gigabyte will have all the quirks worked out by the time retail boards hit the market. SLI benefits are virtually identical between the AMD and Intel boards.

Unreal Tournament 2003

Source: Epic

Unreal Tournament 2003 is the sequel to 1999's multiple 'Game of the Year' award winner. It uses the very latest Unreal Engine technology - where graphics, sound and game play are taken beyond the bleeding edge. Unreal Tournament 2003 employs the use of Vertex as well as Pixel Shaders and it's recommended that you use a DirectX 8 videocard to get the most out of the game.

UT2003 - Flyby:
640x480 FPS Ranking
Albatron PX925XE Pro-R (925XE 200/400) 255.98
Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D (i925X 200/400) 262.87
MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum (i915P 200/400) 254.22
DFI LANParty 875P-T (i875P 200/400) 250.03
ASRock 775V88 (PT880 200/400) 241.05
VIA PT894 Ref Motherboard (PT894 200/400) 242.15
AOpen i915Pa-PLF (915P 200/400) 254.211
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4-SLI 200/400 X800XT) 259.42
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4-SLI 200/400 GeForce 6600GT Single) 247.04
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4-SLI 200/400 GeForce 6600GT SLI) 217.77
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400 X800XT) 361.62
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400 6600GT Single) 341.21
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 297.14
UT2003 - Botmatch:
640x480 FPS Ranking
Albatron PX925XE Pro-R (925XE 200/400) 84.44
Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D (i925X 200/400) 85.45
MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum (i915P 200/400) 83.17
DFI LANParty 875P-T (i875P 200/400) 83.23
ASRock 775V88 (PT880 200/400) 80.04
VIA PT894 Ref Motherboard (PT894 200/400) 80.13
AOpen i915Pa-PLF (915P 200/400) 83.84
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4-SLI 200/400 X800XT) 84.74
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4-SLI 200/400 GeForce 6600GT Single)) 83.09
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4-SLI 200/400 GeForce 6600GT SLI) 79.43
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400 X800XT) 114.12
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400 6600GT Single) 115.6
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 106.82

The Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal reclaims its place near the top of the Intel systems here. UT2003 gains no benefit from SLi at the lower resolutions we run our motherboard tests at.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal NF4-SLI Intel Edition Review
 Pg 2.  A Closer look at the board
 Pg 3.  Inside the nForce 4 SLI Intel Edition chipset
 Pg 4.  Overclocking the nForce4, the Intel way
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: SYSmark 2004
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Winbench 99
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, 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.  You go nVIDIA!

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