Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review :: Performance: SLI Vs nForce4 X16

11-28-2005 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review PCI Express x16 slots

PCI Express x16 slots


It makes no sense to do a review about an SLI motherboard without doing benchmarks using two video cards in SLI. Today is the first timer we use our SLI platform test suite. The test system is the same as our regular Athlon 64 platform, as a 4000+ is still an excellent CPU. The benchmarks however are indicative of the current games out there including: Far Cry, Quake4, Doom3, and F.E.A.R. For synthetic benchmarks, I decided to include 3DMark05 and 03. In this case, I am benching a EVGA nForce4 SLI motherboard against the nForce4 X16 SLI board from ASUS.

Test System

  • AMD Athlon 64 4000+
  • 1GB Crucial Ballistix DDR memory
  • 2 74GB WD Raptor SATA HDDs
  • 2 7800GTs running 81.89 Forceware drivers
  • ASUS A8N32-SLI
  • EVGA nForce4 SLI motherboard
  • DirectX 9.0c
  • Windows XP with SP2

Test Software

  • Quake4 1024x768 32-bit, 1280x1024 32-bit no AA no AF, 4x AA 16x AF Custom Timedemo
  • Doom 3 1024x768 32-bit, 1280x1024 32-bit no AA no AF, 4x AA 16x AF
  • Far Cry 1024x768 32-bit, 1280x1024 32-bit no AA no AF, 4x AA 16x AF
  • F.E.A.R. 1024x768 32-bit, 1280x1024 32-bit no AA no AF, 4x AA 16x AF
  • 3DMark05 Build 120 default run
  • 3Dmark03 Build 360 default run

Doom 3

F.E.A.R

Quake 4

Far Cry