Asus has done another excellent job with their P5ND2-SLI Deluxe motherboard. Performance, features, and stability all exceed the norm for motherboards based in this pricing category (955X). This board has so many features, in fact, that it scored above the 40-point category in the features scoring we use. The P5ND2-SLI Deluxe is one of the few non-Intel boards to support dual-core Pentium CPUs and the 670 series CPUs as well. I really enjoyed my time with Asus and their P5ND2-SLI motherboard. We just got a 7800GTX card in for review from XFX today, and it seems to offer the best current performance and features on the video card market. Two of them hooked up to the P5ND2-SLI make for a killer combination, especially when a powerful CPU and hard drive are used.
NVIDIA has a strong chipset with the nForce4 for Intel SLI edition chipset. The weakness of this chipset at the moment consists of AC'97 audio support only. With every other Intel chipset moving towards the replacement for AC'97 (HDA), it's only a matter of time before NVIDIA introduces a chipset that also supports the new High Definition Audio standard. At the moment, if you want to buy a motherboard to support dual video cards, you need to buy a NVIDIA based chipset either the nForce4 SLI for AMD or Intel platforms. As we move further into 2005, we'll likely see Crossfire motherboards based upon ATI's answer to SLI hit the market. The difference being NVIDIA's platform is out now and ready to rumble.