The Test

Our test configuration was as follows:

AMD Athlon 64 FX-55 (2.6GHz)

MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI

2 x 512MB Corsair DDR400

NVIDIA Graphics Cards:

NVIDIA GeForce 6600GT x 2
NVIDIA GeForce 6800GT x 2

NVIDIA 66.75 Drivers

Windows XP with DirectX 9.0c

Because of our limited time and the fact that we were thousands of miles away from our labs we could only test the cards that MSI had on hand at the time, which were NVIDIA-only.

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Setting up SLI Doom 3 Performance


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  • ImJacksAmygdala - Friday, October 29, 2004 - link

    Thanks for the article.

    I think I will skip the nforce3 and nforce4 boards. I hear that there will even be HT problems with the Nforce4 AO3 silicon and I don't feel like rolling the dice with any other problems.

    I;m not sold on SLI anymore either. I have the cash for it, but I'm considering the extra cost of 2 high end cards instead of just getting the latest and greatest every 1.5 to 2 years. I'm concerned about the extra heat and noise aswell.

    I would have much rather had Sound Storm than SLI. I think I will just wait and see if a Dolby Live 5.1 encoding sound solution shows up before I upgrade to a AMD64 system. Intel has Dolby Live 5.1 encoding so maybe Creative will soon too.
  • Lord Banshee - Friday, October 29, 2004 - link

    Can you please test Spec ViewPref 7.1.1 or above with the next SLI mobo you test. Alot of us 3D modelers want to know if SLI will benifit. Reply
  • CrystalBay - Friday, October 29, 2004 - link

    GJ Anand, you scooped everyone (other review sites) again... :) Reply
  • bob661 - Friday, October 29, 2004 - link


    See #34.
  • mrdudesir - Friday, October 29, 2004 - link

    I dont get why everyone is bitching about the added cost for people who dont want it. There is no added cost if you dont want SLI. Just buy a board based on the NF4 Ultra Chipset. ITs the exact same chipset just with no SLI. In fact if anything SLI lowers the price because it leaves a new top of the line chipset so that the NF4 Ultra doesn't have to be the absolute best and hence it is cheaper. Reply
  • nserra - Friday, October 29, 2004 - link

    I already had a dual voodoo2 SLI, and besides the extra speed (and not always), no more....

    This is not that brilliant:
    1st - Need motherboard support and a special/specific one (voodoo2 didn’t)
    2nd - Doesn’t bring anything new features besides extra speed (play at 1280x1024 instead of 1024x768?)
    3rd - More heat and power requirement.
    4th - The driver must support the game (I don’t know if voodoo2 also needed this)
    5th - It will prolong your PC how? Does the SLI 6600GT have the same functionalities/features of future products (NV50) don’t think so.
    6th – Price, price, price …..
    7th – Voodoo2 also had a version of SLI in a single board, a much cleaver solution, for the immediate since every board would accept it.
    8th - I bet there will be games incompatibles (voodoo2 had to disable SLI in some games in order to work/play)
  • Reflex - Friday, October 29, 2004 - link

    #35: If you do not wish to use the second slot for graphics, it is still a fully functioning PCI Express slot you can use for *anything* else, so it is not wasted board space at all. Reply
  • Reflex - Friday, October 29, 2004 - link

    #9: There will be no add in SoundStorm solution. The group that developed that technology at nVidia has been dissolved and moved on to other projects.

    Just as well, it was not a quality solution anyways.
  • bob661 - Friday, October 29, 2004 - link

    The hardware does exist. You can buy 6600GT's right now on Newegg. Reply
  • haris - Friday, October 29, 2004 - link

    SLI is an option on the motherboard. Great. SLI might work because of the driver, but doesn't the hardware have to exist for the feature to be used in the driver?

    What if Nvidia/ATI have to use up valuable board space for a feature that will only be used by high end users, this means that everyone else is paying for a feature that they don't want or will never use. I don't like the idea that I might be paying extra for my card because one person out of ten thousand (or whatever the % of high end to average users is) wanted that feature.

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