Abit AW9D Max socket 775 Motherboard

SLI on 975X - AW9D does it flawlessly

SLI on 975X??

abit decided to included this in the bundle:

abit aw9d max sli bridge

This is a bold statement for abit to make in my opinion. The board is officially crossfire ready, but Intel do not support SLI on 975X at the moment. Having said that I can see no reason at all why it should not. It seems abit have seen fit to put this to the test and send it's users the bridge to get them going with SLI.

The BIOS features automatic switching from single full PCI x 16 slot to dual PCI x 8 slots and this works flawlessly. I simply installed the two 7600GT's (kindly supplied to us by SpecialTech), fitted the SLI bridge and powered up. I picked up some hacked drivers for SLI on any platform and away I went.

Installation of the nVidia drivers was smooth and on reboot I was presented with the pop-up balloon asking me to enable SLI.

The drivers used were the 84.56 mod, taken from the thread on XtremeSystems Forum's by Big Sam. Download them here

Quite simply put: this was the EASIEST experience of installing dual graphics cards on any board I have had in the labs, or indeed in my own PC.

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At this point I was pretty excited so I immediately ran some benchmarks...

3DMark05 and 3DMark06 AW9D Max 7600GT SLI

First of all I fired up the 3Dmark benchmarks:

abit aw9d max sli

Very impressive indeed. A result for the 7600GT's in SLI is very similar to the performance of a 7900GTX and is basically a flawless SLI performance.

The same goes for 3DMark05 - over 11k in 3DMark05 is certainly nothing to be sniffed at.

I then wondered how SLI would affect some other benchmarks, so I ran PCMark05

abit AW9D Max 7600GT SLI PCMark05

I did an SLI vs non-SLI performance comparison

abit aw9d pcmark06 sli

You can see that SLI makes a big difference to the performance here too.

abit AW9D Max Counter Strike: Source SLi vs non SLI

I compared one 7600GT versus 7600GT SLI to show what sort of increases you would see.

aw9d max 7500gt sli

I performed this test using 4 x AA and 8 x AF at 1280 x 1024. Not a bad performance increase at all!

I cannot stress how good it is to have SLI on 975X. Let's hope nVidia and Intel strike a deal to make this officially come true!

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