SLI Performance

Gaming Performance - SLI

Gaming Performance - SLI

Gaming Performance - SLI

Gaming Performance - SLI

Gaming Performance - SLI

The performance pattern continues in our SLI benchmarks with the nForce4 platform slightly outperforming our nForce 500 system in certain benchmarks while finishing right behind in others. The interesting showing is the reversal in the Serious Sam II benchmarks with the nForce4 system showing improvements and a significantly better minimum score.

NVIDIA has stated the nForce 500 series contains optimizations for improved SLI operations, but except for the F.E.A.R. benchmark we are not seeing anything to back these claims up. It could be due to the beta platform and graphics drivers we are utilizing, or perhaps the improvements are only seen at specific resolutions and settings. All SLI board benchmarks are run at 1600x1200 with 4X antialiasing and 8X anisotropic filtering enabled. This resolution requires at least a 20" flat panel monitor, while our standard 1280x1024 benchmarks can be achieved with the more common 19" and 17" flat panels.

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  • artifex - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 - link


    they (NVIDIA) really took the networking side seriously on this release although most of the features are designed for the server/workstation market

    If they want the TCP/IP acceleration to be a draw for that crowd, they'd better fix this thing with firewalls not being supported. I could not imagine running a corporate server like that. And it's a bit much for them to hold out Vista as a possible fix, as many of us would like to wait a while before dropping Vista into production environments. Like a couple years. :)
  • Jaylllo - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 - link

    Is it just me, or do ATI/NVIDIA/INTEL make up a boatload of stupid names for simple features?

  • afrost - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 - link

    So when do we get low power chipsets to go with our low power CPUs?

    Nvidia's mid to high end GPUs use less power than ATI GPUs....but it's the other way around for chipsets......????

    seems odd
  • Gary Key - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 - link


    So when do we get low power chipsets to go with our low power CPUs?

    Rumor has it, in the late fall. ;-)
  • FinFET - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 - link

    On this page"> the nForce 550's summary reads

    "Several of the higher and options have been dropped from the 550 chipset"

    I believe you meant
    "Several of the higher end options have been dropped from the 550 chipset"
  • Wesley Fink - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 - link

  • peternelson - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 - link

    How can you say there is not improvement?

    The 590SLI gives increased number of PCIE lanes to total 46.

    These are available as 16, 16, 8, and six individual 1x connections.

    Assuming some slots on the motherboard:

    x16 slot: card x16 nvidia graphics card
    x8 slot: card x8 MYRINET 10 GIGANET hardware accelerated LAN

    I'm not particularly interested in consumer level SATA and LAN but consider them a free bonus. What MATTERS is that there is enough BANDWIDTH to use some PROPER peripherals without bottlenecks.

  • Egglick - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 - link

    The only new "feature" I'm really interested in is the TCP/IP acceleration, which lowers CPU usage. The rest of it is a bunch of gimmicks and garbage as far as I'm concerned. I'd rather not use those "features" at all, as they're much more likely to cause problems than any sort of performance boost.

    When I think of that, coupled with their stupid SLI Memory program (another gimmick), my view of NVidia's chipsets is significantly lowered. When the time comes for me to upgrade, I'll be strongly considering ATI's chipset offerings instead.
  • bob661 - Thursday, May 25, 2006 - link

    Your name should be Buttlick with that comment. So, let me get this straight (or gay depending on which way you swing), these extra features that Nvidia is giving us are apparently no good since you say so. The rest of us might as well just shut off our computers, grab a pr0n mag, and spank it like it's 1999. Jesus, who needs a brain with you around.
  • Pirks - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 - link

    Yeah, right... ATI are completely smoke'n'mirrors free guys... cool! :)

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