nVidia Triple SLI Technology Benchmarked!

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A german PC magazine have released information on a benchmark of nVidia's new triple SLI solution, which comprises three 8800GTX or Ultra cards simultaneously! This article was original posted by "Fr3ak" on the VR-Zone forums.

 The German print and online magazine PC Games Hardware had the opportunity to bench Nvidia's tripple-SLI. The benchmarks have been done using Crysis and some other games. Unfortunately a unreleased Crysis build with number 5837 was used which seems to be optimized for triple-SLI. This new patch will be publicy available in a couple days. So far only the 8800 GTX and 8800 Ultra are capable of running triple-SLI. What else is needed to run triple-SLI?

- 3 Geforce 8800 GTX or Ultra cards
- a 3-way-SLI_Connectorboard (or as a alternative: 2 very short and 1 very long SLI-bridge)
- a mainboard with 3 PCI-E-x16-slots (680i or the upcoming 7x0i)
- the right Forceware driver (in this case 169.18 was used)
- a PSU that is strong enough to provide enough juice =) Nvidia recommends using at least a 1,100W PSU. The Thermaltake Topower that was used in the test was really stressed. The kill-a-watt-device showed a total power consumption of 819W.The benchmarks were done with a system that Nvidia provided. It's specs are:
CPU: Core 2 Quad Q6850 @ 3000 MHz (333x9)
Board: Asus P5N32-E SLI with Nforce 680i-Chipsatz
RAM: 2x1,024 MiByte Corsair Dominator
3x XFX Geforce 8800 Ultra (612/1,512/1,080 MHz)
OS: Vista 32 Bit (Enterprise Edition)

Tests:
• Crysis Build 3857, PCGH-Ice-Benchmark
• Unreal Tournament 3, PCGH-vCTF-Suspense-Benchmark
• Fear v1.08, int. performance-test
• Company of Heroes, int. performance-test

Driver: Forceware 169.18

This looks awesome, although only for those with serious money and the PSU to match! I would love to see this running with 8800GTs, but unfortunately its not supported at this time.

Original article and link to PC Games Hardware

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Finally, thanks to forum user Azza for alerting me of  this article!

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03-10-2006, 03:03:28

PV5150
Electronic Arts has purchased one of it's gaming development studios responsible for the Battlefield franchise. Do you think that this is the way of the future for smaller gaming studios? Simply waiting around for game publishers to swallow them up; or can you see some benefits for us consumers? Feel free to discuss below...

Linkage to the news article

03-10-2006, 03:11:38

Kempez
EA are the Kings of uselessness in the games scene. Be prepared for even more unpatched first releases when EA tell Game studio's that it NEEDS TO BE OUT NOW :mad:

03-10-2006, 05:06:44

PV5150
Yeah I agree totally mate. It'd be nice if smaller game houses could survive against the likes of EA, Ubi etc. I'm sure the owners would appreciate the injection of cash, and the fact that they don't have to re-mortgage the house everytime they want to release a game; but in return they make a deal with the devil. One can only imagine the pressure imposed by a publisher in the lead up to the game's release, and you can understand why they are released quite often, with so many bugs

03-10-2006, 08:00:43

Ham
Ugg EA ruin things. They are also resposible for bringing the sims to this world. Which should be a criminal offence.
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