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http://www.anandtech.com/default.aspx

This review was quite emphatic in its claims that Asus was superior to the DFI in all performance departments. It's also a serious overclocker (I believe they still gave a slight edge to DFI in some categories of OC'ing). I'm about to pick up this board in place of my current Asus A8N-SLI Premium (which is going into my second rig) as well as picking up a BFG 7800GT (my SLI 6600GT's are going into my second rig as well).

They state that single and sli gpu are faster with this board than any other on the market. In fact they state that single card (using a 7800gtx) this board is 17% faster in the various benches they use over the DFI. SLI was about 8% faster (I intend to pick up a second 7800GT in the new year for SLI).

Any thoughts?
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Originally Posted by Robilar
http://www.anandtech.com/default.aspx

This review was quite emphatic in its claims that Asus was superior to the DFI in all performance departments. It's also a serious overclocker (I believe they still gave a slight edge to DFI in some categories of OC'ing). I'm about to pick up this board in place of my current Asus A8N-SLI Premium (which is going into my second rig) as well as picking up a BFG 7800GT (my SLI 6600GT's are going into my second rig as well).

They state that single and sli gpu are faster with this board than any other on the market. In fact they state that single card (using a 7800gtx) this board is 17% faster in the various benches they use over the DFI. SLI was about 8% faster (I intend to pick up a second 7800GT in the new year for SLI).

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Well thats quite impressive.. Maybe crossfire will find some competition prior to NF5 being released..
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http://www.hardocp.com/article.html?art=ODg4

Jori, uncertain as to your position. Are you saying that crossfire is currently a better solution the nf4 SLI? If so you might want to read HardOCP's comparison of SLI vs crossfire (above link). It should make those interested in going crossfire be concerned (to say the least) about going that route in the near future.
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Crossfire has more fire power now

Asus just released a Crossfire motherboard using a ULi southbridge, giving full SATA II and USB 2.0 support. Anandtech did a review on it, its one of the latest on their site.

The A8N32 beats the other NF4 board for graphics power because it fully utilises PCI-E 16x for both slots, even in SLI whereas before it had to share the bandwidth and give each card 8x each.
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http://www.hardocp.com/article.html?art=ODg4

Jori, uncertain as to your position. Are you saying that crossfire is currently a better solution the nf4 SLI? If so you might want to read HardOCP's comparison of SLI vs crossfire (above link). It should make those interested in going crossfire be concerned (to say the least) about going that route in the near future.
If you can hold off until January, the new Crossfire chipset has proven to beat SLI in every category they tested. Not to mention, should find some killer video card sales after Christmas.

http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets...oc.aspx?i=2609

If you want to jump straight to the results......
http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets...spx?i=2609&p=4
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If you can hold off until January, the new Crossfire chipset has proven to beat SLI in every category they tested. Not to mention, should find some killer video card sales after Christmas.

http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets...oc.aspx?i=2609

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http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets...spx?i=2609&p=4
If you can hold off until January, he should hold off till NF5 then. Im sure its SLI efficency and such will be very impressive, considering Nvidia's goal is going to make a chipset that will give ATI trouble.. Besides, the NF4 chipset has been around alot longer than the crossfire chipsets that ATI has made, so yet again Nvidia has beaten ATI to the punch by months.
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If you can hold off until January, he should hold off till NF5 then. Im sure its SLI efficency and such will be very impressive, considering Nvidia's goal is going to make a chipset that will give ATI trouble.. Besides, the NF4 chipset has been around alot longer than the crossfire chipsets that ATI has made, so yet again Nvidia has beaten ATI to the punch by months.
NF5 will be out in January? I never heard that. In fact, I haven't been able to find any info on it at all. Do you have any links or info about it?
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NF5 will be out in January? I never heard that. In fact, I haven't been able to find any info on it at all. Do you have any links or info about it?
I never said January, but I said if he can hold off for that crossfire chipset, than he could hold off until NF5..

But from what ive managed to find, NF5 is Intel exclusive.. But there is also suppose to be NF6 underway.. But with SLI 2, and this new SLI x16 crossfire may not be the total victor for very long, though im sure ATI is also making improvements on the Xfire chipsets.
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