What is the 8N-SLI QUAD? It’s based on nVidia’s brand new nForce4 SLI X16 chipset which allows for SLI to be operated with two PCI Express slots running at the full 16 lanes. ..Gigabyte took the chipset and had some real fun with it. Instead of just creating a motherboard with two full speed PCI Express graphics slots, they created a motherboard with four 8 lane PCI Express slots – hence the QUAD naming scheme.
You can hook up four GeForce 7800 GTX cards for instance and you’ve got yourself a platform which can support up to 8 monitors. It’s probably not practical for end-users like ourselves, that is unless we want to show off to neighbors but for industries such as CAD it’s very feasible. Pop in another PCI-E 1x graphics card and you increase that to a platform which offers display output for 10 monitors, as Gigabyte demonstrated.
Published in: nForce4 on 2005-10-03