A second look at a second graphics card
Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2008 - 09:34 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With a few new driver revisions and a brand new chipset, the 780i, Elite Bastards has revisited SLI performance, this time with a pair of GeForce 8800 GT 512MB cards. When SLI first started to be introduced, there were many cases where you needed to squint pretty hard to spot a performance between single and dual card rigs. Now, they are happy to report that the numbers speak for themselves.
"Of course, GPU manufacturers face some rather difficult challenges ahead if they really want to bring us into a full on
multi-GPU future, but that's a discussion for another day. All we do know is that with ATI's Radeon HD 3870 X2 (sporting
two RV670 cores) released this week, NVIDIA's dual G92 GeForce 9800 GX2 on the way, and rumours that ATI's
next-generation R700 part will in fact be two RV770 cores on a single board, multi-GPU rendering in some shape or form is
here to stay.
Thus (and with our Radeon HD 3870 X2 review coming very soon), what better time is there to take stock of the current
state of multi-GPU rendering? To see just how well two graphics boards scale in current game titles on the NVIDIA side of
the fence, we've taken two hugely popular GeForce 8800 GT 512MB parts, an nForce 780i SLI motherboard, and put this
configuration through its paces to see what it can offer."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- Inno3D Arctic-Cooling iChiLL 8800 GT
Accelero X1 @ Legion Hardware
GeForce 8800GT Accelero S1 512MB @ Tweaktown
- ECS Geforce 8800 GT Dual Turbo 512MB @ Guru
- Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide @
- NGO NVIDIA Optimized Driver 1.16925 for Vista @
- HIS Radeon HD 3870
X2 1GB @ Hardware Zone
3870 in Crossfire vs. HD 3870 X2 @ TweakTown
- Two GPUs, one card: A review
of the ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 @ Ars Technica
- R500 XAA/EXA RadeonHD Performance @ Phoronix
- The Two Tigers: Asus
EAH3870 TOP/G/HTDI/512M and EAH3850 TOP/G/HTDI/256M @ X-bit Labs
- Overclocking the Radeon HD 3870
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