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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.
Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Apr 04 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
Albatron PX925XE Pro-R (925XE 200/400) 90.83
Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D (i925X 200/400) 90.13
MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum (i915P 200/400) 83.48
DFI LANParty 875P-T (i875P 200/400) 83.47
ASRock 775V88 (PT880 200/400) 79.47
VIA PT894 Ref Motherboard (PT894 200/400) 85.04
AOpen i915Pa-PLF (915P 200/400) 90.61
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4-SLI 200/400 X800XT) 85.21
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4-SLI 200/400 GeForce 6600GT Single) 83.16
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4-SLI 200/400 GeForce 6600GT SLI) 79.54
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400 X800XT) 126.91
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400 6600GT Single) 125.13
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 127.46
as-convoy FPS Ranking
Albatron PX925XE Pro-R (925XE 200/400) 61.57
Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D (i925X 200/400) 64.81
MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum (i915P 200/400) 57.92
DFI LANParty 875P-T (i875P 200/400) 61.11
ASRock 775V88 (PT880 200/400) 52.71
VIA PT894 Ref Motherboard (PT894 200/400) 57.8
AOpen i915Pa-PLF (915P 200/400) 61.34
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4-SLI 200/400 X800XT) 54.7
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4-SLI 200/400 GeForce 6600GT Single) 54.03
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4-SLI 200/400 GeForce 6600GT SLI) 53.02
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400 X800XT) 86.87
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400 6600GT Single) 87.07
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 87.62
ctf-bridgeoffate FPS Ranking
Albatron PX925XE Pro-R (925XE 200/400) 127.42
Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D (i925X 200/400) 134.09
MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum (i915P 200/400) 119.36
DFI LANParty 875P-T (i875P 200/400) 129.77
ASRock 775V88 (PT880 200/400) 110.07
VIA PT894 Ref Motherboard (PT894 200/400) 118.76
AOpen i915Pa-PLF (915P 200/400) 126.4
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4-SLI 200/400 X800XT) 120.5
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4-SLI 200/400 GeForce 6600GT Single) 116.31
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4-SLI 200/400 GeForce 6600GT SLI) 114.4
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400 X800XT) 180.13
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400 6600GT Single) 173.16
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 178.32

The Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal comes in slightly behind the 925X/XE motherboards but not by much here. It's nice to see nVIDIA's first Intel chipset is powerful. No benefit is gained by either platform in SLi mode, as the low resolution tests in UT 2004 do not derive any benefit from the technology. The AMD NForce4 test system just flies...!

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
Albatron PX925XE Pro-R (925XE 200/400) 84.4
Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D (i925X 200/400) 88.5
MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum (i915P 200/400) 83.6
DFI LANParty 875P-T (i875P 200/400) 81.4
ASRock 775V88 (PT880 200/400) 79.5
VIA PT894 Ref Motherboard (PT894 200/400) 78.1
AOpen i915Pa-PLF (915P 200/400) 83.3
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4-SLI 200/400 X800XT) 85.3
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4-SLI 200/400 GeForce 6600GT Single) 89.9
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4-SLI 200/400 GeForce 6600GT SLI) 88.1
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400 X800XT) 115.7
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400 6600GT Single) 123.8
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4-SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI) 108.8

At low resolutions, SLI is counterproductive, but the Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal does very well in our last benchmark.

You go nVIDIA!

A quick scan of Pentium 4 chipsets on the market reveals that Intel owns pretty much the entire mainstream and all of the high end. At the lower end of the scale, Intel competes against VIA and SiS for econoline computers/motherboards but that's the only place where the company has had to break a sweat... Until now that is.

The 'Crush 19' nForce4-SLI Intel Edition chipset will give Intel a good run for its money. Feature-wise the Crush 19 supports any current Socket 775 Pentium 4 that runs on a 800 MHz or 1066 MHz FSB. It's been said that the C19 will support Intel's upcoming dual core processors but that will need to be confirmed at a later date. The chipset also supports DDR2-667 natively and can feed a 1066 MHz Pentium 4 EE with more than enough memory bandwidth.

Natively the Crush 19 supports 19 PCI Express lanes, 16 are reserved for the videocard/s while the other three are for miscellaneous peripherals. If a gamer desires, they can run two identical videocards in SLI mode just like Athlon64 nForce4-SLI based systems. While physically the videocards use two PCI Express x16 slots, only eight lanes would be available to each card. That's not a problem though, as modern videocards don't even come close to using up the bandwidth even eight PCI Express lanes offer.

Gigabyte has always been quick to market, and we're already seeing this GA-8N-SLI Royal motherboard pop up on the internet even though the chipset has just been released. Those of you who are in the market for a new Pentium 4 system or motherboard should definitely hold off purchasing until Crush 19 motherboards are available in your area. The presence of another strong player in the chipset market should help drive prices down and we might even see a performance/price war between Intel and nVIDIA.

The physical layout of the Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal motherboard is excellent but we've come to expect that from Gigabyte. It's nice to see that Gigabyte includes everything end users would need with the motherboard as well, why can't more manufacturers follow Gigabyte's lead? A note to those who want a nForce4-SLI powered Intel computer: You'd better have good case cooling since the Crush 19 and MCP04 chipsets get quite hot during operation!

In terms of performance, well you saw the benchmarks... For the Intel platform, the Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal is simply amazing. In the 2D/Office style benchmarks the GA-8N-SLI Royal was the top Intel motherboard and was able to best its 915/925X/925XE competition quite easily. In the 3D tests the GA-8N-SLI Royal did well also, though it came second to the 925x motherboards in a few of the benchmarks. The SLI performance of the GA-8N-SLI Royal is relatively close to the AMD version which was good to see.

Though the Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal has been released by Gigabyte, it takes a bit of time to trickle down to the retail market so we're not sure how much the motherboard will sell for at the moment. We expect it to be in the 925X/XE price range and if that's the case, Intel has a lot of worrying to do since nVIDIA's Crush 19 is the real deal.

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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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