Abit AN8 32X Motherboard Review :: Conclusion

03-05-2006 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

The advantage of the nForce4 X16-setup is the ability to use two x16 lanes at the same time. Older SLI motherboards are limited to two x8 lanes. Today's video cards hardly stress out the PCI Express x16 bus, in most cases performance when using two x16 does not show an increase over two x8 lanes. Perhaps when the 7900GTX and Quad SLI is announced this will change and we will see better performance.

The ABIT AN8 32X is a wonderful example of the nForce SLI x16 chipset. The board comes with every feature you would expect from an AMD Athlon motherboard today. ABIT includes every accessory needed to fully utilize the motherboard. 6 SAATA ports are more than sufficient for every user. The uGURU utility, chip and GURU Clock bring together a combination of overclocking features unmatched in the industry. It's likely that we'll see ATI and NVIDIA enable Crossfire and SLI usage on their motherboard chipsets this year. It just makes good business sense, as not everyone with a SLI motherboard wants to use a NVIDIA card or vice versa. NVIDIA releases a new motherboard chipset at least once a year, with the nForce4.