Obviously, the price of the DN800-SLI will limit the amount of buyer interest, but if you're looking for a high-quality foundation for a computer system which will last for several years, the Iwill DN800-SLI is the motherboard which should be at the top of your list.
- Offers Sli on a Server/Workstation motherboard
- Any 800MHz Socket 604 CPU with 1MB or 2MB L2 cache
- High-quality chipsets
- 5.1 Surround channels (6 DAC channels)
- S/PDIF Out
- 4 USB2.0 ports / 1 IEEE-1394 port on the board (NOT including extra internal ports)
- IDE support
- Up to 10 HDDs with no external RAID card
- 8-Layer PCB design
- Extensive amount of accessories included in the box
I was very impressed with the amount of accessories I received with the Iwill DN800-SLI. Iwill could have simply shipped a board and a few IDE cables but they included an extensive amount of cables and accessories. I believe one of the indications of a company that looks after their consumer, is one which includes many accessories. Call me a baby, but I like having pacifiers included with my purchases. Even if I may not use them, it's nice to know somebody on the manufacturing end, is thinking about me.
The DN800-SLI is SLi capable which sparked my interest immediately. This allows me to have two video cards attached to system. Now, some people may ask why a server/workstation motherboard would support such a feature. Well, it's more of a complete power user package. If you have two powerful processors running, why not take advantage of them when you're playing a game? We dual-processor folk need some entertainment too!
For most people, a $400 motherboard is overkill. However, considering a server motherboard is built for durability, your system can last for several years (I currently use a dual-processor system that has lasted just over 5 years). And since two processors are being used, you won't necessarily need to upgrade to a new system and processor that quickly because the processing capability is much more than a single motherboard system.
Iwill not only manufactures dual-processor motherboards for Intel chips but also supports several dual-AMD motherboards. So if you have a particular dedication to AMD, chances are Iwill can give you something to wet your appetite. Let's face it. Sure it's nice to have a dual mobo which can crunch numbers and run those complicated programs, but sometimes, just sometimes, it's also nice to take a break and play a PC game on a system which can completely make your jaw drop onto your keyboard. The Iwill DN800-SLI allows you to completely take advantage of the best of both worlds you and I currently live in: Work AND Play.
Coming Soon: Part 2 Of The Iwill DN800-SLI Review
Since this review merely covers the hardware offerings and overview of the board itself, the actual timings of the board will be featured in an upcoming additional review. Currently, the processors, memory, and hard drives are being chosen. As to the PSU (Power Supply Unit) being used, I can say it will be the PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 1KW-Quad SLI. Expect an initial review of the 1KW4E within a few weeks as well as how it performs in the upcoming months when my new computer system is built.