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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [08.05.05]
Manufactured by: Abit


The Test

To show a contrast in performance, we'll be benching the AN8 SLI against two other boards; the NF4 Ultra-based ECS KN1 Extreme, which won our "Bang for Buck" award recently, and the Soltek SL-K890 Pro, which is based on the 'other option' for socket 939; VIA's K8T890. This one didn't win anything.

When looking at the results in comparison to the NF4 Ultra performance, keep in mind the only difference between the chipsets is a switch NVIDIA codes to allow SLI support. Absolutely nothing else is different between the two. The test benches were set up as follows:

CPU: AMD Athlon64 FX55
Memory: Kingston HyperX PC4300 3-4-4-8, 1T Timing
Video: ATI X800 XL w/ Catalyst 5.6 Drivers
Hard Drive: Western Digital Raptor 36 GB SATA150

Chipset drivers for NF4 boards: 6.53
Chipset drivers for K8T890: 500A

OS Version: WindowsXP Professional with SP2, DirectX 9.0C

Thanks to for supplying us with the CPU.

As usual, we start off with a Memory Bandwidth test. Even though the memory controller is on the CPU itself, and these results should be identical, that is not always the case across different chipsets:

Sure enough, scores are almost identical. The VIA board falls a bit behind already though.

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