XFX Triple SLI - 8800 Ultra's in 3 Way SLI

Test Setup

Test Setup
 
For this high-end Tri-SLI review we are going to use the normal graphics card hardware, but with a beefier PSU, DDR2 and a 780i motherboard. It's worth noting that a monster 1100w Tagan was required for the Tri-SLI system with an overclocked quad.
 
 
Games and benchmarks used
 
I tried to get as many games benchmarked in the time I had and hopefully I've covered a decent amount for all of you out there.
 
games
 
 
Synthetic Benchmarks

Please note all Synthetic benchmarks were run at stock settings; just as the free ones would be, as well as 1920 x 1200, with 4 x AA added. All benchmarks are repeated three times for consistency.

FutureMark 3DMark03
FutureMark 3DMark05
FutureMark 3DMark06

Gaming Benchmarks

All gaming benchmarks are run through at a demanding stage of the game with no savepoints to affect FPS. These are manual run-though's approximating 3 minutes and all gaming benchmarks are run three times through the same points for consistency. We hope that this gives an accurate and interesting depiction of "real-life" gaming situations. Note the resolutions and AA each game was run at.

All gaming tests were performed in Windows Vista Ultimate, under DX10 if available.

Call of Duty 4 - 1920 x 1200, 4 x AA set in-game
Oblivion - 1920 x 1200, 4 x AA set in drivers and HDR set on in-game. Settings on "Ultra"
F.E.A.R. - 1920 x 1200, 4 x AA set in game, soft shadows enabled
Bioshock - 1920 x 1200, all settings to maximum in-game
Unreal Tournament 3 - all settings set to maximum in-game
Company of Heroes - DirectX10 patch. 1920 x 1200 with in game settings as here.
Crysis - 1680 x 1050, all in-game settings set to "High" and "Very High for Tri SLI

Again, all game run-through's are repeated three times for consistency and accuracy.
 
I've used the latest official Forceware drivers and enabled Tri SLI, leaving the drivers to use the preset configurations for load-balancing (which seemed to be Triple SLI AF rendering).
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Most Recent Comments

25-02-2008, 02:41:41

FarFarAway

25-02-2008, 04:48:05

Havok
I didn't even expect it to be that good, I am impressed! Crysis still chokes it on V.High too, that game is ruthless.

Maybe with the 9 series soon Ultras/GTX will get cheaper and this might be a viable option before we know it (to those who aren't swimming in money)Quote

25-02-2008, 05:28:16

FarFarAway
Yes it was a pleasent surprise tbh, the 9 series should make it even betterQuote
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