Albatron K8SLI Motherboard Review :: Setup and Bundle

07-15-2005 · Category: Motherboards

By Tulatin

Setting up the K8SLI was a breeze, provided that you'd planned ahead. As I've mentioned before, you'll be hard pressed to reach the headers located below the video cards once they're in. Besides that gripe, hiding the system's wiring and installing hardware was a breeze due to the (mostly) beautiful placement of everything along the edge of the board, allowing for it to be quickly and simply tucked away when need be.

Moving on, let's take a look at the K8SLI's sparse bundle. Opening up the box we found a lone SATA cable and converter, a pair of flat 80-conductor IDE cables, a flat floppy cable, an I/O shield, the ever-necessary driver CD, a manual, the ABS module and the requisite SLI bridge. . Sadly, this would prove to be the lone contents of the box - shuffling around below the divider would yield nothing but a small motherboard, whose size was alluded to by that of its bundle. Considering what this motherboard costs, we were highly disappointed by the lack of anything at all we could use - after all, it's just good form to give enough cables for everything onboard, after all most people don't have 4 front mounted USB ports, something which will leave the other header sitting unused. As we loaded the driver cd, we found it to be just as unimpressive as the contents of the box - the only things included were nVidia's chipset drivers and Direct X 9C. No additional apps, useful utilities or even hardware monitoring. When you consider how sparse the package included here is, you really begin to wonder why this board is being touted as a full priced SLI motherboard over a garden-variety budget offering.


Albatron K8SLI Motherboard Review
Albatron K8SLI Motherboard Review

The only thing even worth mentioning in this package is the superior nVidia software suite. Within this suite, we find two applications that we guarantee most users will use religiously or at least try out. The first of which being the nvMixer - a full bodied application which caters a wide bevy of adjustments and environments for your sound, allowing you to both tailor your speaker's output to the size and shape of your room as well as to make it sound like something totally different - an ideal and technology taken from Creative's EAX technology. Secondly, we have nVidia's excellent Active Armor firewall - something which I've been employing since the instant I had an nForce 4 motherboard. Active Armor is a full featured firewall suite of corporate strength with one main, major benefit - it neither slows the system nor data throughput due to it's utilization of the chipset itself as a processor rather than the CPU, leaving it for more important tasks. Prior to using this firewall, I had always used some incarnation of Symantec software - and let me tell you, the difference in speed was astounding.


Albatron K8SLI Motherboard Review
Albatron K8SLI Motherboard Review
Albatron K8SLI Motherboard Review
Albatron K8SLI Motherboard Review
Albatron K8SLI Motherboard Review


Albatron K8SLI Motherboard Review
Albatron K8SLI Motherboard Review
Albatron K8SLI Motherboard Review
Albatron K8SLI Motherboard Review
Albatron K8SLI Motherboard Review
Albatron K8SLI Motherboard Review
Albatron K8SLI Motherboard Review
Albatron K8SLI Motherboard Review
Albatron K8SLI Motherboard Review
Albatron K8SLI Motherboard Review
Albatron K8SLI Motherboard Review
Albatron K8SLI Motherboard Review