Everything considered, Gigabyte makes an adequate enough board, even if they are never installed on any of my own machines. This review of the Gigabyte K8NXP-SLI nForce4 SLI actually turned out rather well. I was impressed by the benchmarks and most importantly the feature list was far from skimpy!
This is a summary review of the Gigabyte K8NXP-SLI motherboard. For the full review, with all our detailed layout, features and performance analysis, click on to our Expert review pages.
The Gigabyte K8NXP-SLI is the second motherboard we have reviewed based on the NVIDIA nForce4 SLI chipset. This chipset is so far unique in that it offers support for use of two PCI Express GPUs.
The Gigabyte motherboard we are reviewing not only offers support for the new SLI technology from NVIDIA, but it also includes a lot of features that high end users would also be looking for. There are a total of eight Serial ATA connectors, two IDE channels for up to 4 IDE devices with RAID across them all. Gigabyte has included two Gigabit networking connections as well as an additional PCI wireless network card that supports 802.11b/g networks. 8-channel audio is supplied by a Realtek codec too. Cables and headers are included to take advantage of all the features that Gigabyte has included so you won’t have to search around for an extra SATA cable when you get that new OEM drive.
A unique feature to Gigabyte is the inclusion of something call the DPS, or Dual Power System. This device supposedly gives the motherboard support for a 6-phase power system; that means a more stable system for you. If you are an overclocker, this is another benefit for you as well.
If you want more information on the layout of the board, or the features that are included with it, please read our full, detailed review of the motherboard as well.
Now, let’s have a look at a few benchmarks comparing the Gigabyte board to the previous SLI-based Asus motherboard we reviewed.