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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  • SDA - Friday, October 29, 2004 - link

    Maybe, maybe not, #3. Modern PSUs have a lot more juice than the systems actually use. I wouldn't be surprised if a 380W Tagan could handle an A64 rig with dual 6800Us.

    Anyway, yeah, this is decidedly sexy. What I like about it is that it actually has appeal for normal people as well... say you want to buy a midrange system that you can upgrade easily later. Get a dual PCI-E 16x motherboard and a 6600GT, then add in another 6600GT whenever you feel like you want a performance boost! Shame SLI isn't available on the 6200...
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  • ukDave - Friday, October 29, 2004 - link

    1600x1200 high detail for any current game, that certainly is impressive. I'm an 'ATi Fanboy', but congrats to nVidia, damn fine job.

    I think even my luberly Tagan might have issues running two on these 6800 Ultras :o
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  • keitaro - Friday, October 29, 2004 - link

    Here's an interesting idea... take SLI setup, plug in 2 17in to 19in LCD monitors, do some benchmarks and play with that setup for a while. Then tell us about the experience. :) Reply
  • xsilver - Friday, October 29, 2004 - link

    Sweet.... Sweet candy ...... drools... wants now

    I'm no fanboy but those ATI fanboys will have to give in to the fact that nvidia now has the "fastest" card abeit it will cost 2x more

    Finally on the issue of SLI if the exact same card must be used to enable SLI, is there any info on the future availability of these cards.... eg if u buy a 6600gt now in 18 months this card may not be available anymore? eg. will be 6700gt? will these be compatible? Forcing you to upgrade before the product is phased out may not be so good

    Also just noticed in the far cry 1600x1200 test SLI is more than 100% faster... how the hell does that work? margin of error?
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