GIGABYTE GA-8N-SLI Royal: official announcement and new details
GIGABYTE officially announced GA-8N-SLI Royal motherboard (actually seen in Japanese stores late in March) along with some new details about the novelty, which was one of the first products on NVIDIA nForce 4 SLI Intel Edition that came to light right after IDF in March..
GA-8N-SLI Royal incorporates Performance DNA and Security DNA features and continues the i-DNA series. Rich overclocking capabilities of these boards come in handy after several announcements of DDR2-800 MHz like Corsair TWIN2X1024A-6400UL (mentioned in the news).
Overclocking means include MIB 2 (Memory Intelligent Booster 2) and CIA 2 (CPU Intelligent Accelerator 2; given 1066MHz FSB is not enough). As you all know, CIA and MIB abbreviations have other, more popular meanings. Ahh, PR specialists these days...
Anyway, the board also offers other abbreviated innovations like U-Plus D.P.S. (Universal Plus Dual Power System) that prevents PSU overload and is claimed to enable it to work even if a transistor fails.
Other features do not differ from those described in specs of nForce 4 SLI Intel Edition: SATA II 3Gbps, NVIDIA RAID (0, 1, 0+1, 5), Dual Gigabit Ethernet, Firewire (IEEE1394b) and USB 2.0.
Note that GIGABYTE is going to ship GN-BTD02 Bluetooth USB dongles with all GA-8N-SLI Royal motherboards, so keep your eyes open :).
The software included into the bundle includes NV Firewall & Norton Internet Security as well as GIGABYTE´s Download Center, C.I.A.2, M.I.B.2, S.O.S., M.I.T. and Xpress3.
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