GIGABYTE GA-8N Quad Royal SLI Motherboard Review :: Test Setup and Procedures

02-27-2006 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

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


GIGABYTE GA-8N Quad Royal SLI Motherboard Review 3D1 Properties

3D1 Properties


Our test system for video cards is based upon the AMD platform, using a FX-57. To show the benefits of SLI I decided to use the same system as our new Intel platform, comparing a 3D1-68GT against a single 7800GT and a single 6800GT to give a sense of performance increase SLI provides when using the 3D1 card in combination with their motherboard.

Our standard test procedures were combined with alternate tests in the performance charts, but the comparison and ranking charts are based off our standard array of tests and test system parts to maintain comparison integrity, All the tests were run three times and then averaged out for a more balanced score. We use all the system boards reviewed for a minimum of a week on the test bed; we do this to get a feel as to how well the board performs in daily tasks as well as in the test-bed environment. We write these reviews, play various games and surf the net and all the other things a user would do.


Test System

  • 3.8GHz Pentium 4
  • 1GB Crucial Ballistix DDR2667 memory
  • 2 74GB WD Raptor SATA HDDs
  • EVGA GeForce 7800GT running 81.98 Forceware
  • 2 EVGA GeForce 7800GTs running 81.98 Forceware

System Tests

  • F.E.A.R. Maximum settings 1024x768 32-bit Performance Test
  • Doom 3 HQ settings 1024x768 32-bit Timedemo 1
  • Sysmark 2004
  • PCMark04
  • PCMark04 Memory
  • Sisoft Sandra 2005 Memory test
  • Aquamark 3
  • 3DMark05
  • 3DMark03

Game Tests

  • F.E.A.R. 32-bit max settings 1024x768, 1280x960, 1600x1200 no AA no AF, 4x AA 16x AF
  • Far Cry 32-bit max settings 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1600x1200 no AA no AF, 4x AA 16x AF
  • Doom 3 32-bit max settings 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1600x1200 no AA no AF, 4x AA 16x AF
  • Call of Duty 2 32-bit max settings 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1600x1200 no AA no AF, 4x AA 16x AF
  • Quake 4 32-bit max settings 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1600x1200 no AA no AF, 4x AA 16x AF
  • 3dmark06 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1600x1200
  • 3DMark05 Default
  • 3DMark03 Default