XFX Triple SLI - 8800 Ultra's in 3 Way SLI

Unreal Tounament 3 and Crysis

Unreal Tournament 3

I have included UT3, even though it is another UE3 game as it is a fast, frantic and furious multiplayer mash-up experience. Using advanced DirectX 9.0c features, the Unreal Engine looks fantastic and runs on almost all half-decent modern GPU's making it an ideal all-round test.
 
UT 3
 
Tri SLI again shows that it does the trick with a high amount of AA, although the UE3 engine doesn't really need that much GPU horsepower.
 
Crysis

Crysis has to be our most challenging benchmark to date. Running under Windows Vista and using DirectX 10 path, I tried running tri SLI at 1920 x 1200 at "Very High" settings, no AA and also at 1920 x 1200 "high" settings.
 
Crysis
 
Tri SLI was unfortunately unable to play Crysis at "Very high" without AA without feeling laggy. Whilst the average FPS is 18, it was faltering and not easy to play with, dropping to 4FPS at points.
 
"High" settings was much more playable and looked great at 1920 x 1200, which is still higher than most other cards can comfortably play Crysis at.
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25-02-2008, 04:48:05

Havok
I didn't even expect it to be that good, I am impressed! Crysis still chokes it on V.High too, that game is ruthless.

Maybe with the 9 series soon Ultras/GTX will get cheaper and this might be a viable option before we know it (to those who aren't swimming in money)Quote

25-02-2008, 05:28:16

FarFarAway
Yes it was a pleasent surprise tbh, the 9 series should make it even betterQuote

25-02-2008, 05:57:15

Rastalovich
Great read. The results do look good, and the comment about how the games `feel` is a better qualifier for me.

I`d not even entertain this, even with planning ahead months in advance to afford it. Does look nice tho hehe

Heat is an issue for me; power is crazy talk - but obviously a requirement, which is where the heat is going; drivers and/or a card being tempremental, I can do without, just don`t need it ontop of other pc dodgyness.

All said and done, I`m banking on the top end single card for the generation to come.

Be nice to see single slotted cards or wc solutions of this being tested.

Some fine benches too.Quote

25-02-2008, 08:27:00

Bungral
Unless I came into some serious wedge then its not something i'd consider.. I'm with most here and reckon on a single card top end when it finally arrives.

Quick thing Matt.. Did you give overclocking it a go at all or would it have caused a total meltdown?Quote

25-02-2008, 08:34:05

Phunky
The performance gains does not justify the price at all, i mean seriously why cant they just get standard SLI to just work properly before moving on to tri, quad and so on...

For this cash i would want to see stable FPS, not 40-500fps ranges, you look at any competitive gamer and the key thing for there setup is constant FPS, why else do you think most of them stick to the low 800x600 res?!?Quote
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