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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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Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte May 15 2006   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Motherboards > Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Quad Royal

Prelude to Benchmarks - Test System Configuration

The details of how the Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Quad Royal motherboard test system was configured for benchmarking, including the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions are indicated below. In the second column are the general specs for the reference platforms this motherboard is to be compared against. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results.

PCSTATS Test System Configurations
Test System Reference System
Processor:

Intel Pentium D 840

Clock Speed:

16 x 200 MHz = 3.2 G Hz

Motherboards: Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Quad Royal (NF4-SLI)

Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X)
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P)
Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI)
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI)
Foxconn NF4SLI7AA-8EKRS2 (NF4 SLI)

Videocard:

2x MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E in SLI

Memory:

2x 512MB Corsair CMX2512-8000UL DDR2

Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
PowerSupply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Heatsink: Thermaltake Jungle 512
Software Setup:

WindowsXP
Forceware 7.15
Forceware 81.98

Benchmarks:

SYSMark 2004
Business Winstone 2004 & Content Creation 2004
Winstone 99
Super Pi
SiSoft Sandra 2005
PCMark04 & PCMark05
3DMark2001SE & 3DMark05
Comanche 4
X2: The Threat
UT2003 & UT2004
Doom 3

SYSmark2004 Source: Bapco

SYSmark 2004 is BAPCo's latest revision of the mainstream office productivity and Internet content creation benchmark used to characterize the performance of the business client. It is based on a foundation of extensive research into emerging usage models and computing trends and incorporates the latest benchmarking methodologies to evaluate platform technologies. SYSmark 2004 contains scientifically designed workloads that represent the range of activities that an office productivity or Internet content creation work may encounter. In addition to extensive validation across multiple platforms, users can be sure of a consistent and reliable performance comparison.

SysMark 2004
Internet Overall: Points Ranking
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/667) 280
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/667) 278
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 283
Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/800) 285
Foxconn NF4SLI7AA-8EKRS2 (NF4 SLI 200/800) 288
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Quad Royal (NF4 SLI 200/800) 283
3D Creation: Points Ranking
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/667) 254
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/667) 248
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 246
Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/800) 252
Foxconn NF4SLI7AA-8EKRS2 (NF4 SLI 200/800) 252
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Quad Royal (NF4 SLI 200/800) 247
2D Creation: Points Ranking
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/667) 333
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/667) 336
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 339
Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/800) 335
Foxconn NF4SLI7AA-8EKRS2 (NF4 SLI 200/800) 345
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Quad Royal (NF4 SLI 200/800) 336
Web Publication Points Ranking
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/667) 255
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/667) 250
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 273
Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/800) 275
Foxconn NF4SLI7AA-8EKRS2 (NF4 SLI 200/800) 274
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Quad Royal (NF4 SLI 200/800) 273
Office Overall: Points Ranking
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/667) 193
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/667) 207
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 212
Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/800) 216
Foxconn NF4SLI7AA-8EKRS2 (NF4 SLI 200/800) 214
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Quad Royal (NF4 SLI 200/800) 215
Communication: Points Ranking
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/667) 200
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/667) 211
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 216
Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/800) 223
Foxconn NF4SLI7AA-8EKRS2 (NF4 SLI 200/800) 217
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Quad Royal (NF4 SLI 200/800) 221
Document Creation: Points Ranking
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/667) 185
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/667) 206
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 219
Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/800) 221
Foxconn NF4SLI7AA-8EKRS2 (NF4 SLI 200/800) 222
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Quad Royal (NF4 SLI 200/800) 220
Data Analysis: Points Ranking
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/667) 196
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/667) 201
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 201
Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/800) 204
Foxconn NF4SLI7AA-8EKRS2 (NF4 SLI 200/800) 204
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Quad Royal (NF4 SLI 200/800) 207

The Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Quad Royal performs on par with all other Socket 775 motherboards on the market. All nVIDIA motherboards perform very consistently close to each other which is great to see. For the office benchmarks, we'll be sticking to single videocard configurations - with the video games the benchmarks will include SLI benchmarks using the best available configuration on the GA-8N-SL Quad Royal motherboard.

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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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