Logo 3 way nForce 4 SLI Intel Edition Boards Shootout

VR-Zone has taken a close look at 3 nForce 4 SLI Intel Edition boards out there in the market from EPoX, ASUS and MSI. We will touch on the board features, price, performance and overclocking potential to give you a better understanding.

 3 way nForce 4 SLI Intel Edition Boards Shootout

Introduction

It is a significant milestone that NVIDIA is finally able to
make chipsets for Intel, a few years after the first nForce chipset for AMD made
its debut. Both companies signed a cross-license agreement last November that
allows NVIDIA to license Intel’s front-side bus technology thereby NVIDIA is
able to deliver their first nForce 4 chipset codenamed Crush 19 for Intel
slightly more than a month ago. The availability of the new nForce4 SLI Intel
Edition chipset is certainly good news for gamers and enthusiasts alike who
prefer Intel over AMD and want a system with SLI (Scalable Link Interface)
capability.

NVIDIA nForce 4 Intel Edition is pretty much future proof as it
is able to support the next generation dual-core Intel processors such as the
Pentium XE and Pentium D, faster memories such as DDR2-667, PCI Express ready,
numerous USB 2.0 ports of up to 10, impressive surround audio up to 8 channels
but not high definition audio capable.
It also features support for MediaShield, a marketing term by NVIDIA for storage
functionalities such as 4 SATA-2 ports of up 300MB/s data transfers, RAID arrays
such as 0, 1, 0+1 and 5, NCQ (Native Command Queuing), instant rebuilds, hot
plugging and conversion to different RAID arrays. Not forgetting, ActiveArmor, a
term used by NVIDIA for native Gigabit Ethernet at full-duplex speed and
hardware firewall implementation to enhance networking security while at the
same time reducing CPU overhead. Lastly, gamers and enthusiasts would love the
new nTune utility that allows you to tweak the system up for better gaming
performance.

The features on the nForce 4 SLI Intel Edition are pretty on par
to the recently launched Intel 955X chipset except for HD Audio but the latter doesn’t come with SLI
capability therefore it is pretty logical that gamers and enthusiasts would turn
to NVIDIA now for extreme gaming performance. As such, gamers and enthusiasts
would be pondering over which nForce 4 SLI Intel Edition boards out there to
choose from. Today we will be taking a close look at three of better
potential boards out there in the market and hopefully this article would let
you have a better understanding of the merits and downsides of each board. Right
now on our hands we have three different brands; EPoX 5NVA+ SLI, ASUS P5ND2-SLI
Deluxe and MSI P4N Diamond and we will touch on the board features, price,
performance as well as their overclocking potential.