GIGABYTE GA-8N Quad Royal SLI Motherboard Review :: Introduction

02-27-2006 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

Multiple graphics cards on the same system have revitalized the graphics card industry in the last few years; it's the re-emergence of multiple graphics cards on the motherboard to improve performance in games. NVIDIA started the trend with the introduction of nForce4 SLI in 2004. ATI responded last year with their version of multiple graphics, Crossfire. Today other motherboard chipset manufacturers including VIA with their KT900 and Intel with their 975X have joined the bandwagon.

NVIDIA makes chipsets, video cards, handheld graphics, and more. Founded in 1993, today NVIDIA is one of the largest FAB-less semiconductor companies in the world, with over 2 Billion USD in revenue last year and over 2747 employees, NVIDIA is a rapidly growing company. GIGABYTE is a computer component manufacturer that has been around for around 20 years. They manufacture motherboards, video cards, cases, notebook PCs, CD-ROMs, DVD-ROMs, networking servers, mobile phones and more. GIGABYTE tends to make motherboards based upon virtually every available chipset from most of the manufacturers. Today I'm reviewing the GIGABYTE i-DNA GA-8N SLI Quad Royal motherboard.