With regards to performance, this is not a slow board by any means, but I nevertheless expected it to perform better than it did, especially with 2GB of memory fitted. Still, 215 as an overall score in SYSMark 2004SE isn’t to be sniffed at. The PCMark 2005 scores were all an improvement on the A8N-SLI Premium. AS you might have noticed we’ve updated some of our benchmarks to the latest versions and as such some of the numbers aren’t comparable to older test results. We’ve also had to create a new demo for Half-Life 2 as the updates to the Half-Life 2 engine rendered the old demo unusable.
You wouldn’t be disappointed with this board if you built a gaming system based on it as all of our benchmarks put in good numbers. Although with two 7800 GT cards you wouldn’t expect anything less. The only game that didn’t breach the 100fps barrier was Far Cry but this is the toughest of the 3D tests.
At £140.99 the A8N32-SLI Deluxe is expensive, but as it’s a brand new product the price is likely to come down. It offers some advantages over the A8N-SLI Premium but unless you feel that you need dual x16 PCI Express slots the A8N-SLI Premium is the more affordable alternative.
The A8N32-SLI Deluxe is the first of the true dual x16 slot PCI Express motherboard to hit the market. It’s got a few minor issues, but Asus is working on sorting them out. Don’t expect a major performance increase, at least not unless you can afford the new 512MB 7800GTX cards, but it’s a well designed board with loads of features.