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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  
Home > Reviews > Motherboards > Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal

Benchmarks: PCMark04, 3DMark2001

PCMark04 Source: FutureMark

The latest version of the popular PCMark series, PCMark04 is an application-based benchmark and a premium tool for measuring overall PC performance. It uses portions of real applications instead of including whole applications or using specifically created code. This allows PCMark04 to maintain a smaller installation size while still giving accurate results.

PCMark04:
Overall Points Ranking
Albatron PX925XE Pro-R (925XE 200/400) 5085
Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D (i925X 200/400) 5422
MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum (i915P 200/400) 5204
DFI LANParty 875P-T (i875P 200/400) 5112
ASRock 775V88 (PT880 200/400) 5114
VIA PT894 Ref Motherboard (PT894 200/400) 5139
AOpen i915Pa-PLF (915P 200/400) 5173
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4-SLI 200/400) 5207
CPU Points Ranking
Albatron PX925XE Pro-R (925XE 200/400) 4956
Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D (i925X 200/400) 5284
MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum (i915P 200/400) 5034
DFI LANParty 875P-T (i875P 200/400) 4978
ASRock 775V88 (PT880 200/400) 4929
VIA PT894 Ref Motherboard (PT894 200/400) 4759
AOpen i915Pa-PLF (915P 200/400) 4955
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4-SLI 200/400) 5011
Memory Points Ranking
Albatron PX925XE Pro-R (925XE 200/400) 5329
Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D (i925X 200/400) 5712
MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum (i915P 200/400) 5370
DFI LANParty 875P-T (i875P 200/400) 5076
ASRock 775V88 (PT880 200/400) 5023
VIA PT894 Ref Motherboard (PT894 200/400) 4679
AOpen i915Pa-PLF (915P 200/400) 5197
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4-SLI 200/400) 5431

It's nice to see that nVIDIA for Intel is the real deal. In PCMark04 the Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal can hold its own against mature 925X/XE motherboards.

3DMark2001 Source: FutureMark

By combining DirectX8 support with completely new graphics, 3DMark 2001 SE continues to provide a good overall system benchmark. 3DMark2001 SE was created in co-operation with the major 3D accelerator and processor manufacturers to provide a reliable set of diagnostic tools. The suite demonstrates 3D gaming performance by using real-world gaming technology to test a system's true abilities. Tests include: DirectX8 Vertex Shaders, Pixel Shaders and Point Sprites, DOT3 and Environment Mapped Bump Mapping, support for Full Scene Anti-aliasing and Texture Compression and two game tests using Ipion real-time physics. Higher 3DMark scores denote better performance.

3DMark2001SE:
Motherboards: Points Ranking
Albatron PX925XE Pro-R (925XE 200/400) 22419
Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D (i925X 200/400) 23249
MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum (i915P 200/400) 21984
DFI LANParty 875P-T (i875P 200/400) 22441
ASRock 775V88 (PT880 200/400) 21810
VIA PT894 Ref Motherboard (PT894 200/400) 21530
AOpen i915Pa-PLF (915P 200/400) 22554
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4-SLI 200/400 X800XT) 23047
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4-SLI 200/400 GeForce 6600GT Single) 18218
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4-SLI 200/400 GeForce 6600GT SLI) 18563
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR W. A64 4000+
(NF4-SLI 200/400 X800XT)
28265
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR W. A64 4000+
(NF4-SLI 200/400 6600GT Single)
21206

DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR W. A64 4000+
(NF4-SLI 200/400 6600GT SLI)

22491

3DMark2001 is not very SLI friendly and here we see that using two GeForce 6600GTs doesn't do much. The Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal still leads the Intel pack though.

Note that the AMD-based SLi setup (green bars) is using the much 'faster A64 4000+ chip, which explains the large performance differential. Note that by 'faster' we mean better, as the 2.4GHz Athlon64 is technically 'slower' than the 3.2GHz P4). These benchmarks are included to compare the benefits that AMD and Intel nForce 4 SLi systems receive from using dual videocards.

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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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