Asus 9800 GX2 1GB (EN9800GX2)
Synthetic Benchmarks - 3DMark
All of the cards were run through several 3DMark benchmarks. Note that both the 9800 GX2 and the 3 Way SLI setup were both run through an extra benchmark at 1920 x 1200 with 8 x AA.
FutureMark - 3DMark03
3DMark03 is a benchmark that uses mainly a DirectX 8 feature set including several pixel fill-rate tests. I included this test in the review to see an approximation of how well old games will play on the current gen cards, as well as how well each card copes with the fill-rate tests.
3Dmark03 was where Triple SLI really put some scores up and the 9800 GX2 just couldn't quite keep up. Still, scaling is pretty decent with resolution and AA.
3DMark05 is a benchmark based on DirectX 9 with more advanced shading and bump-mapping techniques, as well as a tough CPU test integrated.
The newer 3DMark05 benchmark shows that the 9800 GX2 puts out some pretty decent numbers and certainly beats out the 3 way SLI setup.
FutureMark - 3DMark06
3DMark06 is a more complex 3D benchmark, using many of the more advanced techniques found in DirectX 9.0c such as utilising Shader Model 3.0 and HDR lighting to create a tough benchmark that stresses the GPU and CPU.
In the very latest 3DMark06, the Triple SLI setup beats out the new double GPU 9800 GX2, but not by a huge margin and scaling is again, pretty damn nice from the new card.
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