Dressed to Kill: ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe Mainboard Review. Page 14
[12/28/2005 12:08 PM | Mainboards]
by Alexey Stepin
NVIDIA Corp. is keen on creating chipsets targeting enthusiasts and users demanding high performance. ASUSTeK is an expert in creating, possibly, the best mainboards in the world. Today X-bit labs attempts to find out how ASUS managed to produce the cream of all mainboards: a platform based on NVIDIA nForce4 SLI 16x core-logic. Will the newcomer boast boosted or reduced speed? Find out now!
F.E.A.R. is a very demanding application, yet the combined power of two GeForce 7800 GTX ensures a frame rate of 60-65fps in 1280x1024 with enabled 8x antialiasing.
This 3D shooter brings just another disappointment. Either the 16 PCI Express lanes are enough for two graphics cards working in SLI mode or the insufficient bandwidth of the HyperTransport bus that connects the CPU and chipset is the limiting factor that negates the advantages of the new chipset. Once again, both HyperTransport channels that connect the CPU and the chipset are 8 bits wide, while the HyperTransport bus that connects the chipset’s Bridges is made of full-size 16-bit channels.
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