XFX Triple SLI - 8800 Ultra's in 3 Way SLI
Triple SLI is a fantastic advance by Nvidia after the failure of Quad SLI> The results are a lot better than I was expecting and I was impressed at some of the FPS I got...even at this stage which I would definitely state is "early days" for Tri SLI.
Price is a huge concern. With 3 x XFX 8800 Ultra's
and an XFX Nvidia 780i SLI
costing a whopping £1442 at the time of release, this technology really is only for those who really invest in their PC's. Couple those parts with a PSU that can run the rig, a CPU that doens't hold it back too much, some HDD's, decent sound and an LCD capable of showing what Tri SLI can do and you've got yourself a nice tidy £3000+ PC...and that's not including if you've gone the sensible cooling route and chosen a decent water-cooling kit to go with it!
However, Triple SLI and SLI in general has always been a place that has cost a lot of money. The budget SLI setups aren't worth paying for over a faster single card and the top end ones cost a bomb. I suppose the point of Tri SLI really is that is shows off what Nvidia can do.
I feel like I have a lot to say this in the conclusion, but some of it is hard to explain. Driver updates should fix a few issues and the new 9800 series should produce some more compatible cards than we see now. Is Triple SLI worth the money? I don't think so right now - it's a fantastic tech demo and a fun toy for the rich, but it's not a practical graphics solution for even your well off enthusiast.
As such, I'm giving Triple SLI a "Performance Award" for being the fastest setup out there...at the moment.
+ Awesome performance
+ Crazy speeds
+ Excellent technology/idea
+ Looks funky in your PC
* Hot as hell in summer
* Some odd driver issues
- Requires a lot of power
- Costs the earth
Thanks to XFX
for providing the cards and motherboard for testing
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