Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI Motherboard Review :: Conclusion

03-14-2005 · Category: Motherboards

By Doc Overclock

Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI Motherboard Review

I was very impressed by how easily the board was setup and how well the unified driver package offered by NVIDIA is simple and user friendly to install. SLI technology is a cool, but expensive habit and if you have the money, it offers the best gaming performance of any console or system and if used in combination with fast memory and a 3400+ or above Athlon 64 CPU you will be able to handle any game available for at least the next year. SLI truly takes gaming to the next level, especially if using the higher-end 6800GT or Ultra cards. I was very impressed with how well games looked and performed in an SLI configuration as even at the highest resolutions the game could go with everything turned up to high the dual 6800GT setup cut through frame rates without any hiccups or visual artifacts.

Although some may complain that overclocking options are spare, this board's target consumer is the high-end gamer using SLI card configurations. Taking that in mind and with both PCIe slots utilized in an SLI-Mode, overclocking is something of a moot point to many gamers, as frame rates are at their highest point when setup in this configuration. A few hundred or so MHz of increased CPU power would be almost a waste of time as the hotter and faster a CPU is clocked the less stable many systems become anyways. The NF4 chipset has a lot to offer in itself and that combined with all the features of this board equate to a very strong motherboard package that has what it takes to please almost any hardcore user. For gaming and gamers who want stability, performance and good technical help as well as driver support, the GA-K8NXP SLI is a serious contender for the AMD and NF4 platform. This is an Editor's Choice board of no doubt. It met with all the qualifications of a high-quality motherboard, good job Gigabyte the K8NXP-SLI has made it into the winners circle.