SLI (Scalable Link Interface) technology has taken off like a bat out of hell and the craze has even seeped over onto the Intel platform as NVIDIA provides the first ever chipset that supports the LGA775 platform. It has all the goodies available on the current NF4 platform, but with a new twist, it is SLI for the Intel crowd. Gigabyte is a company that never misses a beat when it comes to having available motherboards for any given platform and they seem to be a step ahead many times when new chipsets are available for manufacturers to implement in their latest boards. With VIA, NVIDIA, and Intel all manufacturing new chipsets there will be plenty of new motherboards hitting the market by this summer.
So far, Gigabyte has released two SLI motherboards using the NF4 chipset in two of its available varieties. Even though NVIDIA does not recognize an SLI functioning motherboard configured using the ULTRA chipset, Gigabyte has gone to the edge and made one in any case. They also make a board based on NVIDIA's standard SLI chipset and that is what we are looking at today. The board in question today is the K8NXP SLI, a board with many features appealing to the gamer and enthusiast market. The K8NXP has two options for purchase, as a stand-alone motherboard or alternatively, purchased in combination with the 3D1 single-slot dual 6600GT VGA card that we reviewed early last month. Gigabyte usually makes a pretty good product so lets take an in-depth look at what is offered on the K8NXP-SLI featuring the new NF4 SLI chipset and see if it stands up to the standard they are known for.