XFX Triple SLI - 8800 Ultra's in 3 Way SLI
Gaming experience & Issues Encountered
The gaming experience with Tri SLI was for the most part enjoyable. Crysis felt "almost there" in that it almost felt like the cards could push the frames but software was drawing the setup back. Now this is just me speculating (albeit with some experience), but I hope future driver revisions cure this.
In addition to this, remember that the next gen Nvidia cards that are Triple SLI enabled have had a lot of R&D gone into them to be able to work better, according to nvidia's partners, so here's to hoping!
However, there are some points I would like to make.
is an issue on Tri SLI, as it is on other multi-card setups. Whilst the games bombed along in FRAPS, the actual experience doesn't seem to be such a great experience and looks similar to single card performance, even though the numbers are high. To see what I'm talking about, look here.
Heat is an issue with Triple SLI, the middle card can bug out if the temperatures get too high. I tested this in a fairly warm environment and this certainly causes shutdown during intensive 3D applications. Whilst this isn't a major gripe, I had to stick a fan in the PC, blowing air right in between the cards to fix this (and open the window!!). Obviously, those with water-cooling won't have this issue!
Power is a big issue with Triple SLI. The OCZ Powerstream I have shut itself down when trying to power a Tri SLI system and even another PSU which claimed to be able to handle the load didn't do it. Luckily my trusty 1100w Tagan did the business, but you have to factor this into the buying decision, so don't forget.
Read on to see what I think about Triple SLI overall...
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