Gigabyte 8N-SLI Royal (nVidia nForce4) SLI Intel Edition
4 July 2005
Summary: Let's first draw conclusions regarding the nForce4 SLI Intel Edition chipset. No doubt, this product will add much of "fresh new blood" onto the market of Intel Pentium4 processors and will make this platform more popular. The main "pro" arguments in support of this statement are: very high performance (as high as that for i925XE-based motherboards), excellent expansion capabilities which surpass the features of ICH6, as well as support for the SLI technology.
Pros: Excellent stability and performance;, Support for the SLI (two PCI Express x8x16 slots);, Support for SerialATA (4 channels of SATA II; 2 SATA II channels - additional Promise controller; RAID);, Support for ParallelATA (2 nForce4 channels, 1 channel - additional Promise controller);, Integrated 8-channel audio and two Gigabit LAN controllers;, Support for the USB2.0 (10 ports) and IEEE-1394b (3 ports);, A pack of Gigabyte proprietary technologies: (DualBIOS, Smart FA...
Cons: Compulsory cooling of the board's north bridge