This article set out to find the answer to a question inspired by ASUS’ hybrid chipset; can you have nForce 680i SLI performance with dual x16 SLI, at a nForce 650i SLI price? In order to answer that question, we took the only commercially available example of ASUS’ hybrid chipset, the P5N32-E SLI Plus and pit it against the nForce 680i SLI based Abit IN9 32X-MAX. After reviewing both boards, comparing their features and pitting them against each other in a slew of benchmarks, we think we have our answer. Yes, you can get nForce 680i SLI level performance, complete with dual x16 SLI, triple SLI slots and lots of features all at a nForce 650i SLI price.
The performance of both boards was excellent. The P5N32-E SLI Plus, powered by its hybrid chipset, surprised us by defeating the nForce 680i SLI based IN9 32X-MAX in all of our gaming related tests and our SLI tests. Ultimately the performance gap between the two boards is negligible, but we have proved that ASUS’ hybrid chipset is able to keep pace with the nForce 680i SLI in both single-card and SLI performance.
Published in: nForce 600 on 2007-04-05