Abit AW9D Max socket 775 Motherboard
Published: 12th October 2006 | Source: Abit | Price: |
abit decided to included this in the bundle:
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.
3DMark05 and 3DMark06 AW9D Max 7600GT SLI
First of all I fired up the 3Dmark benchmarks:
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