Abit NI8-SLI Motherboard Review :: Conclusion

09-26-2005 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

If you're buying a motherboard for performance, features and stability today, the SLI platform is the only way to go at the moment. ABIT's board brings to the table a lot with the features and performance that you would want from a new motherboard. ABIT has done a wonderful job and I applaud them for making an excellent board. I especially like the quiet cooling, as the Q-OTES system reduces noise on the system.

The board is on Pricewatch for a price of $194. At this price point, it competes against the 955X and other high-end motherboards. The ABIT AW8-Max board is based upon the Intel 955X platform and is similarly priced. One advantage the NI8-SLI has over the 955X platform is native SLI support.

Negatives of the board include the odd floppy drive connector placement and the minimalist software and hardware bundle. The rear left hand side of the board is not where I prefer the floppy drive connector. Further, the placement of the 4-pin power connector for SLI auxiliary power is in that area as well. This means you have to snake a Molex connector from the power supply to the far end of the board, instead of most boards having the connector by the top of the board.

NVIDIA's SLI will have some competition in the coming months from ATI's Crossfire which has been delayed since its introduction in June of this year. At the moment, Crossfire is scheduled to be released to later this month. With an SLI board you have the option to buy a graphics card today and upgrade the performance later with the addition of a second card.