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!
komplet RR  XFX 780i SLI
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.
The Good
+ Awesome performance
+ Crazy speeds
+ Excellent technology/idea
+ Looks funky in your PC
The Mediocre
* Hot as hell in summer
* Some odd driver issues
The Bad
- Requires a lot of power
- Costs the earth
Thanks to XFX for providing the cards and motherboard for testing
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Most Recent Comments

25-02-2008, 04:48:05

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

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

25-02-2008, 05:57:15

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

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

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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