NVIDIA's GeForce 8800 (G80): GPUs Re-architected for DirectX 10by Anand Lal Shimpi & Derek Wilson on November 8, 2006 6:01 PM EST
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With Prey being based off of the Doom 3 engine, only with some enhancements, scores tend to be quite a bit lower than many other games. At our maximum detail settings, dual graphics cards were previously required to play at the highest resolution. Now, a single 8800 GTX card is once again able to equal the performance of X1950 XTX CrossFire, which is no small achievement. The reduction in pixel and vertex processing power results in the 8800 GTS performing quite a bit lower, although it still manages to outperform 7950 GX2 by a small margin.
Quad SLI continues to be a disappointing prospect, providing no performance increase over a single GX2 card. The release of GeForce 8800 pretty much seals the fate of Quad SLI as well, as it's doubtful that NVIDIA will continue to invest time in optimizing the QSLI drivers when they have new GPUs that could make better use of optimizations. We can only hope that most of you didn't get sucked in by the marketing.