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Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Quad Royal Motherboard Review

Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Quad Royal Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The board actually has two nForce4 SLI chipsets PCB, the Intel (Northbridge) and AMD (Southbridge) edition work in tandem.
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte May 15 2006   Colin Sun  
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Quad SLI videocard combinations?

While it would be pretty cool to run dual SLI sets on the Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Quad Royal motherboard, the configuration pictured to the left is NOT possible.

If the first set of SLI'd videocards is removed, the bottom set of cards will operate in SLI with 8 PCI Express lanes each. Conversely, if the bottom set of SLI cards are removed, the top set will operate in SLI with 8 PCI Express lanes each.

Installing the SLI videocards into the center two blue PCI Express x16 slots will allow you to run each videocard with a full 16 PCI Express lanes devoted to it, in SLI. This is the best possible configuration the Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Quad Royal motherboard can offer.

The last variation on the the multi-videocard theme is to install four PCI Express x16 videocards into the Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Quad Royal motherboard. In this example, it is not possible to run any of the videocards in SLI, and each graphics card will receive 8 PCI Express lanes.

While SLI is not feasible in this configuration due to driver limitations, the Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Quad Royal motherboard will make it possible for you to connect up to eight DVI monitors to your computer!

At the moment four way SLI is not a possibility, but exceptions are starting to pop up. When we asked nVIDIA directly about the possibility of more advanced forms of SLI, it would not officially comment and would only discuss the Dell Renegade. With the Dell Renegade and the Asus dual GeForce 7800GT videocard able to operate in SLI, the door for more than dual GPU SLI has at least been opened...

Next up, overclocking and the benchmark results.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Quad Royal
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Quad Royal Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Features, sockets and Qual PCI-E
 Pg 3.  SLI with Four PCI Express Videocards?
 Pg 4.  — Quad SLI videocard combinations?
 Pg 5.  Royal Overclocking with a Quad Videocard Motherboard?
 Pg 6.  Prelude to Benchmarks - Test System Configuration
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Winbench 99
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: PCMark04, PCMark05
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, 3DMark05
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: Comanche 4, X2: The Threat
 Pg 12.  Benchmarks: UT2003, UT2004
 Pg 13.  Benchmarks: Doom 3 and Conclusions

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