There is an old saying that two heads are better than one. Well, two graphics cards are certainly better than one, so it’s hard to deny Gigabyte’s logic that four should be better than two.
This ambitious vision has brought forth the GA-8N-SLI Quad Royal, the world’s first SLI technology enabled mobo to be equipped with four PCI Express X16 slots. Nuts? Probably. Fun? Definitely.
Two full bandwidth 16 lane PCI Express links are supported and the overall configuration enables output for up to eight monitors which could lead to some truly spectacular multi-screen setups. On top of this the Quad Royal also takes Pentium 4 and Pentium D LGA775 CPUs, has four 240-pin DIMM sockets (allowing potentially up to 8GB of DDR2 memory to be installed), four SATA II connectors which can handle RAID 0, 1, 0+1 and 5 arrays and an IDE port for additional storage expansion.
There’s Dual Gigabit LAN, eight channel audio, a total of 10 USB2.0 ports (four on the back, the other six requiring adaptors or front mounted panels), three FireWire ports, and even another two PCI-E X1 slots with a standard PCI 2.2 thrown in for good measure.
Funnily enough - like any good myth – rumours of a quad PCI-E X16 mobo have been rumbling on for a few months. Sadly, now we have news of it, we still don’t have any pricing and availability info. That said, given the season of large, frustrating family gatherings is nearly upon us I can’t see it missing a position beside a pin needle shedding tree and a badly wrapped football. Whether the buyer will be able to get you any other presents if this is on your wish list isn’t so clear…