Albatron announced its new K8SLI mainboard with dual VGA
card SLI technology.
The K8SLI has a smaller, space saving form factor (7.7" x 11.5"). In addition,
Albatron managed to squeeze out more space by eliminating a "switch" card
between the two VGA cards that was initially speced by the NVIDIA SLI reference
board.
Aside from the SLI features, the K8SLI also features the ABS (Albatron BIOS
Security). The ABS is a small circuit board with a backup BIOS chip and is
attached to the mainboard next to the on-board BIOS. This detachable circuit
board provides the luxury of easily replacing it in emergency BIOS situations as
opposed to sending in the entire mainboard for repair.

Albatron Technology recently announced its new K8SLI mainboard with dual VGA
card SLI technology. During the design and development process, there was much
speculation as to how this new dual VGA card configuration would impact the
endless amount of graphics information that needs to be processed during
animation. However, there was no way of being certain until the first test
results were compiled.

It was late 2004 when Albatron engineers began testing its first SLI prototype
mainboard with the results soon to follow. After the first data began to trickle
in, the engineers were beside themselves: amazed, astonished and speechless. An
incredible graphics innovation was emerging with huge ramifications for the
gaming industry.

Later versions of the K8SLI board were recently tested with an Athlon 64 939
3500+ CPU, DDR 400 memory (512 MB) and two Albatron PC6600GT SLI cards. The
systems were found to be capable of performing at a rate of 1.7 times that of a
single card system! The 3D Mark 2005 test results were an astounding 5400
points, almost matching the scores of a PC6800 Ultra (and this is without
overclocking).

The SLI stands for Scalable Link Interface and the technology works by
harnessing the power of two graphics cards on one mainboard. The two VGA cards
are each responsible for rendering a separate portion of the screen after which
the two parts are combined onto one display. The results are simply, two VGA
cards are better than one.

The K8SLI has a smaller, space saving form factor (7.7" x 11.5"). In addition,
Albatron managed to squeeze out more space by eliminating a "switch" card
between the two VGA cards that was initially speced by the NVIDIA SLI reference
board.

Aside from the SLI features, the K8SLI also features the ABS (Albatron BIOS
Security). The ABS is a small circuit board with a backup BIOS chip and is
attached to the mainboard next to the on-board BIOS. This detachable circuit
board provides the luxury of easily replacing it in emergency BIOS situations as
opposed to sending in the entire mainboard for repair. The ABS not only provides
quick backup BIOS security but also allows for a convenient way for BIOS data
extensions as well as making RMA services easier.

The K8SLI performance increase of 1.7 times is quite a quantum leap as far as
VGA processing is concerned which goes to show that two VGA cards are better
than one. Enthusiasts and gamers can now look to dual VGA card technology to
provide the answer to increasingly challenging graphics animation software.