Published on 20th December 2005 by
Originally Posted by MeanmotionWent to buy one of those last week but they hadn't got any in stock so i got the A8N SLI Premium instead - patience is not one of my virtues, especially when i've just walked several miles to the computer shop. Ah well.
Originally Posted by bigzI've not used the Premium, but if it is as good as the A8N-SLI Deluxe, it'll be a pretty good motherboard.
Originally Posted by bigzIf I was building an SLI system without any add-in PCI cards... pretty much definitely, yes.
I'm sure nobody would have minded to see some other games tested too to clarify the difference the added SLI lanes make, or do they.
Originally Posted by SathyA bit of a surprise that the Asus' boys didn't add crash free bios to this board too, since the A8N-SLI Premium has it (didn't bother to check does the deluxe have it).
I'm somewhat dissapointed about the lack of tests. Doom3 and FarCry aren't exactly the most demanding games anymore. Since one of the main selling points for this mobo are the added SLI lanes, I would have expected atleast a test with F.E.A.R.. I'm sure nobody would have minded to see some other games tested too to clarify the difference the added SLI lanes make, or do they.
Maybe the lack of game tests has to do with BT's method of testing motherboards, but in this case it's not exactly sufficient. I think that testing methods that miss important features aren't exactly what would be expected - which in BT's case, for me anyway, is alot.
One other imporant thing is the 8-phase power...it was hardly mentioned, so how are we supposed to understand that, it's not any good? didn't seem to affect anything or that you didn't know how to test and figure out if it does anything useful?
Do I detect some rushing in the publishing of this review or...is it just my imagination? somehow seems a bit...unfinished. I'm not too happy to be 'complaining' like this because I've come to appreciate the way you look at things here at BT, but that is also the reason why I had to say all of this.
Originally Posted by specofdustI don't know about you, but I'm just assuming that the extra PCI-E lanes for the graphics cards are, for now at least, just a nice sounding feature, and not something thats going to help a whole lot for another few generations of cards.
Question Bigz, this isn't entirely important to me anymore, but how much of a difference if any at all, would using a 20pin ATX connector in the 24pin ATX socket make? Not safe at all, decreased voltage stability, or little difference?
Originally Posted by bankHave a little question on heatpipe on this mobo, would it work if the mobo is mount inverted in case like lian-li vseries same as btx format... :?
Originally Posted by bigz
It does, I missed it out of the overview by mistake. It's added in there now.
As I've said later in this post, I played around with the board for a week prior to starting the review on it. That involved playing games, using SLI. To be honest, I didn't find it any different to a normal nForce4 SLI - the 'highest playable' settings were the same in both cases. SLIAA performance is better, but SLIAA is one of those things that works sometimes, but not on other occasions.
It generally means the power is much cleaner when it gets to the CPU, however, there are very limited ways to test whether this is the case (or not). The board seemed to overclock better than the A8N-SLI, which gives a reasonably good indication that the power circuitry is doing its job.
The motherboard review certainly wasn't rushed - it had as much time spent on it as would be spent on any other motherboard review. I'd messed around with the board for about a week prior to starting the review on Thursday afternoon, and was finished yesterday evening with stress testing done over the weekend.
To further the arguement that the review was 'rushed', I'll be lucky if I get more than 2 days off for Christmas this year with a product launch happening on the 27th - I've only just got the kit for that today. Tomorrow is a bit of a Christmas get together with Wil, Rich and some of the guys from TR. That leaves me with Thursday, Friday, and Saturday ready for publication on Tuesday (surprisingly, I have no plans to work on Sunday or Monday). I don't think you understand just how much work goes on behind the scenes - I would guess you'd be surprised if me, Wil and Geoff rack up close to 300 hours a week between us, pretty much every week, without fail.
Originally Posted by SathyThus the comments about the reset cmos jumper aren't exactly right, right?
I'm not exactly sure how I should take this...but let me just say that I appreciate this site and _most_ of it's editors alot and BT is at the top of my reading list every time there's a new review / article / and all.
Your guess is quite accurate, since I didn't really think you spend such vast amouns of time on providing us with new things to read about. Although I rough idea because of reading about your testing methods etc.
Like I said, I try not to critisize too much and I really don't mean to offend anyone by doing so. Thanks for the article and for clearing things up.
Originally Posted by bigzI would recommend getting 2x1GB modules over 4x512MB modules - you won't suffer the 1T/2T performance drop with 2 1GB modules.
Originally Posted by BindibadgiCommand rate. 1T versus 2T is the clock cycles in which a command is issued to ram. Ie: 1T = command can be issued every clock cycle, 2T = every 2 clocks. 2T is easier on the system, but 1T is, in theory, twice as fast.
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