Also at ATF Multimedia, the other new motherboard spotted was the Gigabyte
GA-8N-SLi. Based on the latest Nvidia nForce 4 SLi Intel Edition, this board,
like the 8I955X Royal, is another feature packed to the brim motherboard. Priced
also at $ 469, you get the ability to use the currently fastest Graphics
platform, together with the rich host of features.

gigabyte GA 8N SLi A Walk About in SLS (4 6 2005)

Since Nvidia’s official color is green, Gigabyte made this 8N-SLi’s packaging
box to be green as well. Like the 8I955X Royal, the box is huge and heavy.

 

gigabyte GA 8N SLi2 A Walk About in SLS (4 6 2005)

The board from the top.

 

gigabyte GA 8N SLi3 A Walk About in SLS (4 6 2005)

The familiar SLi switch card seen here, in between 2 PCIe x16 slots for SLi
graphics card configurations.

 

gigabyte GA 8N SLi4 A Walk About in SLS (4 6 2005)

Like the 8I955X Royal, this board comes with a very sturdy SATA connector.
All of these SATA ports are SATA II, delivering 300Mbps of bandwidth. 4 of these
ports are on the Nvidia MCP04 South Bridge, while the last 2, by a very new
Promise PDC 20779 SATA II controller.

 

gigabyte GA 8N SLi5 A Walk About in SLS (4 6 2005)

The above mentioned Promise 20779 SATA II controller chip.

 

gigabyte GA 8N SLi6 A Walk About in SLS (4 6 2005)

Included on this board, the Marvell 88E8053 PCIe Gigabite Network controller.
Note that there’s another Marvell chip (not shown here), the Marvell 88E80111,
which is the GbE PHY for Nvidia’s built in LAN.

 

gigabyte GA 8N SLi8 A Walk About in SLS (4 6 2005)

Additional power connectors for this board, meant for more power to PCIe
connectors.

 

gigabyte GA 8N SLi7 A Walk About in SLS (4 6 2005)

The rear I/O connectors. Pretty similar to 8I955X Royal.