EVGA nForce4 SLI Edition Motherboard Review :: Setup and BIOS

12-04-2005 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

Setup of motherboards has become a routine operation, for the most part for me as a reviewer. EVGA's board was easy to setup, with no glitches except for one. With 3 PCI Express full-length slots, I had to read the manual to find that I needed to insert a single video card into the middle slot. Further, when it came time to test SLI, the upper PCI Express x8 slot would not display video. Attaching the monitor cable to the bottom PCI Express x8 slot allowed for normal operation.


EVGA nForce4 SLI Edition Motherboard Review 7800GT CO installed

7800GT CO installed


Stability and compatibility went without issues. To test SLI performance I inserted two 7800GT COs from EVGA and tested it for four days. I also inserted a ATI A-I-W X1800L in the board and it operated without a hitch. Stability was excellent without an error using BurnInMark. Overclocking was limited by the 4000+ CPU we use for testing.

BIOS Screenshots


EVGA nForce4 SLI Edition Motherboard Review
EVGA nForce4 SLI Edition Motherboard Review
EVGA nForce4 SLI Edition Motherboard Review
EVGA nForce4 SLI Edition Motherboard Review
EVGA nForce4 SLI Edition Motherboard Review


EVGA nForce4 SLI Edition Motherboard Review
EVGA nForce4 SLI Edition Motherboard Review
EVGA nForce4 SLI Edition Motherboard Review
EVGA nForce4 SLI Edition Motherboard Review
EVGA nForce4 SLI Edition Motherboard Review


EVGA nForce4 SLI Edition Motherboard Review
EVGA nForce4 SLI Edition Motherboard Review

The BIOS on the motherboard is the fairly standard Phoenix AwardBIOS found on many motherboards today. There are few changes from the normal Phoenix BIOS. To get to the overclocking, EVGA includes something called Power User Overclock tab in the BIOS. Memory settings are found in the Advanced Chipset Menu.

The available options in the Power User Overclock Menu for the PCIE frequency include a range of 100-145MHz in 1MHz increments. The CPU Ratio can be change from x4-x12 (on my 4000+ CPU). CPU Vcore can be changed from Default to 1.400 in 0.025 increments. You can adjust the CPU Vcore 7-Shift from +50mV-+350mV in 50mV increments. VRAM Output can be changed from 2.55V-3.25V in 0.20V increments. North Bridge Voltage can be changed from 1.5V-1.7V in 0.1 increments.