Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal

Written by John Chen    Wednesday, 01 June 2005 11:00
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Introduction


We all know that Nvidia is slowing taking over the chipset category for AMD platforms.  The single MCP solution provides great performance and extremely high overclocking headroom.  What about the Intel side?  Intel has been dominating their platforms with their own chipsets.  There are other contenders like VIA and SiS, but they're efforts are somewhat futile.  Intel users are fully aware that Intel chipsets are the best solutions for Intel platforms.  Now enter Nvidia. 

With the release of the nForce4 SLI chipset, a huge number of gamers migrated over to the AMD platform for the sake of being able to run SLI.  The number of Intel users started to fade each day.  A couple months ago, Nvidia and Intel announced their partnership in providing an Intel platform with SLI capability.  Die-hard Intel fanboys finally had something to work with.  This Intel platform nForce4 chipset was known as C19, which stands for Crush 19. 

Everyone was interested in knowing the performance of the chipset.  It provides SLI capabilities, but if the raw performance can't compete with Intel's chipsets, then this C19 wouldn't be all that great.  Now enter Gigabyte.  Gigabyte is one of the top 5 motherboard manufacturers in the world (ranked number 2, I believe) and always releases quality motherboards before anyone else.  Their boards are feature-rich and come with a hefty bundle.  Today, we will take a look at their C19 solution and see whether the chipset is all that it's cracked up to be.