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Performance wise I was able to compare directly to the DFI Lanparty UT nF4 SLI-D. There wasn’t a lot in it, but the Asus managed to slightly pull ahead of the DFI in all the tests by a couple of frames and quite a few frames in Half-Life 2. The exception was Far Cry, where it is a touch slower. Asus has been known to slightly overclock its boards by default even when reporting standard speeds in order to gain an advantage and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if that’s what is happening here. It we had instability issues during testing this might have been a problem, but we didn’t.
Overall then, this board is really very impressive. It’s comprehensively featured, well laid out and it’s fast. It was also well built and solid. The only stumbling block that might stop you from choosing this board then is the price, but with the BIOS controlled auto SLI selection option and the fanless cooling you are getting genuinely useful extras.
I’s actually good value then. The DFI is too flashy, not as fast, inherently nosier and not even cheaper. If you’re going SLI you might as well do it in style. In that regard you can’t do better right now than the Asus A8N-SLI Premium.
If you’re after a well-featured, well made, and great performing SLI motherboard the Asus A8N-SLI Premium delivers. It may be more expensive than some SLI boards but you’ll definitely be able to appreciate the quality.
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