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ASUSTeK Computer, one of the world’s largest makers of mainboards and notebooks, said its upcoming mainboard based on NVIDIA’s nForce4 SLI along with NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra graphics cards and AMD Athlon 64 FX-55 processor had scored the world’s highest score in the 3DMark05 benchmark.

The system that scored 10 118 points in 3DMark05 utilized the best possible technologies for the gaming PCs available today: NVIDIA Multi-GPU Scalable Link Interface technology, AMD Athlon 64 FX-55 processor and NVIDIA nForce4 SLI core-logic. It is unknown which ForceWare driver was used during the testing.

“The 10 118 record was set on NVIDIA’s press tour in Munich, Germany on October 7, 2004. The result was achieved with ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe motherboard with AMD Athlon FX55 CPU and two NV45 Ultra Graphics Cards,” ASUS said in the statement.

Previous 3DMark05 records were set on an overclocked RADEON X800 XT Platinum Edition (806MHz core-speed and 1296MHz memory speed) – 8250 – along with overclocked AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 processor and NVIDIA nForce3 250-based mainboard by a PC enthusiast; as well as NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra in SLI configuration running on – 7229 – an Intel E7525-based system with an Intel Pentium 3.40GHz Extreme Edition chips achieved by NVIDIA Corp.. NVIDIA declined to comment on a Pentium 4 chips operating on a platform designed for Intel Xeon processors that are not socket-compatible with Intel Pentium 4 chips.

ASUS A8N-SLI mainboard that is expected to be released in November, 2004, is designed for PGA939 processors, two PCI Express slots, features the popular ASUS AI Proactive capabilities, such as AI NOS and AI Net, as well as Serial ATA 2.0, 8 Serial ATA ports, FireWire interface, 10 USB links and 8-channel audio.


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