OverKILL3D ASUS Matrix Platinum GTX980 4 Way SLI Review
There are so many things about this particular setup, many of which are obvious, some less so, that it's worth starting with the cards themselves.
As we said in our original review of the ASUS Matrix Platinum GTX980 if you buy one of these it's overkill (see what we did there?), yet the exclusiveness and robust power phases involved are perfect for a test such as this today (or in the real world for peace of mind and long term stability). With four cards crammed together the last thing you need is for the increased temperatures to cause a component to fail, and you can be sure with the Matrix that will never happen.
As for the results there is one area where this is clearly the way to go and that is benchmarking. If you crave nothing more than the very highest scores in 3D Mark or Unigine then you would find it impossible to go better than this Quad-SLI setup. At least until the Titan X is upon us.
In the Gaming tests there is definitely a mixed bag of results with titles like Company of Heroes being engine limited to a single card, Far Cry 4 fixing the frame rate at 30FPS and Metro Last Light having no benefits at all. When there are some performance benefits they're usually in games that already run smoothly on two cards. When your game already pumps out 100FPS+ then having 200FPS+ is purely for bragging rights, and if it doesn't then throwing more hardware at it won't cure the problem.
Getting a lot of games to run is almost annoying enough. Battlefield 4 was just one title that refused to run at all, and some others actually performed worse with four cards than they did with two. Of the fifteen games that we benchmarked only three showed enough improvement to actually make the Quad-SLI arrangement a worthwhile one and all of those were older titles in a series (Far Cry 3, Sleeping Dogs and Metro 2033).
But all those issues are why we do these reviews so that you don't have to. Yes they look freaking awesome all stacked up in a pile of silicon heaven. Unquestionably the amount of power available is captivating and if you live and die by benchmark results then nothing else will do. For everyone else, even those of you with 4K screens, two Matrix Platinum GTX980s are plenty to give all the benefits you're likely to see.
Still, fun to do though isn't it. And that was the point here, what if or because we can! Should you buy 4 Matrix 980's for a gaming rig, no you really shouldnt. What you should do is buy two and sit happy knowing youve got the most powerful combination you should be buying.
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