Once NVIDIA dropped the 290 series beta driver, we were able to test the Puget Systems Deluge's pair of GeForce GTX 580s in triple-monitor surround. There's good news and bad news: the good news is that Surround definitely works on the X79 platform now (and configuration was surprisingly painless). The bad news is that X79 and Sandy Bridge-E offer no performance benefit, at least in our testing, over good old fashioned Sandy Bridge and P67/Z68. You can check out our results here.

In related news, we've done some additional testing of the new beta driver in a couple other recent releases. Given the poor DX11 performance in Batman: Arkham City, we were curious if the driver would improve the situation at all. The answer is no: performance remained unchanged on Jarred's test system, across all settings. Skyrim performance likewise doesn't appear to have improved. The net result is that we're still waiting on the promised patches for both titles, which should hopefully show up this week.

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  • phatboye - Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - link

    "The bad news is that X79 and Sandy Bridge-E offer no performance benefit, at least in our testing, over good old fashioned Sandy Bridge and P67/Z68."

    I wouldn't consider that bad news at all. High end hardware generally is overpriced and rarely ever gives much more in terms of performance than mid-range products, and if it does the small performance increase is rarely worth the extra cost. Personally I consider this good news as it justifies me not wasting extra money on a high end Sandy Bridge-E gaming system when the mid range products will give the same results for a fraction of the cost. I am also sure majority of the people here feels the same.
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