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Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe nForce4 Motherboard

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February 26, 2005 7:00:50 AM

I have read few reviews on the new nForce4 SLI motherboards and was wondering if there are issues with this Asus motherboard. This is the cheapest mobo with the SLI solution that I've found but I'm hesistant in buying since I've heard couple of people having issues.

The DFI SLI board also looks like a good mobo but a hefty price tag. I own the Asus Nforce2 Deluxe mobo and I have never regretted that purchase so I'm leaning more on buying from Asus.

Heres what I'm looking to build:
Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe
Atholon 64 XP 3000+ 939 Winchester
Kingston 512MB PC3200 Value Ram
GeForce 6600GT (another one maybe in the future)
February 26, 2005 8:06:53 AM

Why would you want a SLI board with a dual 6600GT setup? Most of the time that setup will be outperformed by a 6800 card. The only way to justify an SLI system is if you have the money to get a dual 6800 system. If you don't, get a cheaper non-SLI board with which you will be able to use a cheaper PSU and a normal cooling solution. At the moment you feel the 6600GT is too slow you just upgrade to another GPU in the 200 price range (6800 by then?).
Also something to think about is that nVidia doesn't support SLI for that many games so you'll be stuck at single card performance anyway.
You will also like 1024 megs of RAM, modern games like HL2 and Doom3 really eat RAM.


EDIT:
The performance of the 3000+ is also quite poor compared to s754 3000+ especially if you don't use the dual channel capabilities. So get a 2*512 meg dual pack or if that doesn't fit your wallet 2*256.<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by tweebel on 02/26/05 11:08 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
February 28, 2005 7:37:51 AM

I have 2 Corsair XMS 256 MB RAM which I could use and also getting a good deal on a 6600 GT for $170. I would take an ATI card anyday after Nvidia's screw up last year.

Whats SM3.0?<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Volt on 02/28/05 04:40 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
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March 1, 2005 1:47:19 PM

couple reasons for sli...get one card now...get another down the line. Get latest tech in board now...(cept for firewire 800 in asus).

And also...you don't have to use sli...you also have the flexibility to just run 2 video cards to power 4 displays :) ) for whenever that kind of gaming finally catches on. There has been a couple false starts.


edit: well, i guess i can'T really use the new tech as justification for a sli board :) 


<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by redstar on 03/01/05 10:52 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
March 1, 2005 6:41:34 PM

The A8N Sli-Deluxe started with some stablilty issues, which seem to have all been corrected with the release of new BIOS updates (1003 and 1004).

Check out this <A HREF="http://www.hexus.net/content/reviews/review.php?dXJsX3J..." target="_new">review</A> of the A8N Sli-Deluxe and the DFI LanParty boards.

Hope this helps,

Korda.
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