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1GB e-GeForce 7950 GX2

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June 9, 2006 10:21:00 AM

Performance
NVIDIA 7950 GX2
500 MHz GPU
24 Pixel Pipelines
400 MHz RAMDAC

Memory
1024 MB, 512 bit DDR3
1200 MHz (effective)
76.8 GB/s Memory Bandwidth

I want 2 !!!!!!!!!! :D 

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June 9, 2006 8:46:11 PM

The nVidia drivers don't allow you to SLI them....yet. If you want Quad-SLI, you need to buy it from a company like Overdrive PC
June 9, 2006 9:07:40 PM

Chances are that you'll need a monitor that can do something like 3200 x 2400 in order to really get the most out of that setup, that is, for SLI optimized games, otherwise, a single GPU will do just as good.

On top of that, quad sli driver support is'nt there yet, at least wait for conclusive benchmarks featuring 1 GPU vs 2x SLI vs 4x SLI across a wide array of games and resolutions before jumping on the bandwagon.
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a b Î Nvidia
June 9, 2006 9:19:25 PM

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Memory
1024 MB, 512 bit DDR3
1200 MHz (effective)
76.8 GB/s Memory Bandwidth


Memory is 256bit not 512, and each card copies the information into it's 512MB so not 1GB and each GPU has 38.4 GB/s because they don't access each others chips.
June 9, 2006 10:13:46 PM

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Chances are that you'll need a monitor that can do something like 3200 x 2400 in order to really get the most out of that setup, that is, for SLI optimized games, otherwise, a single GPU will do just as good.
I'm sorry, but are you pulling this information out of your ass? Quad SLI would drag at that resolution, let alone that single card.
June 9, 2006 10:57:22 PM

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Chances are that you'll need a monitor that can do something like 3200 x 2400 in order to really get the most out of that setup, that is, for SLI optimized games, otherwise, a single GPU will do just as good.
I'm sorry, but are you pulling this information out of your ass? Quad SLI would drag at that resolution, let alone that single card.

Sorry, the [/sarcasm] tag did'nt show up, it was meant to be an humorous statement about the "Alphabet Soup" resolutions...

Considering that no quad SLI benches featuring a pair of those 7950GX2 are out yet (AFAIK), nobody can tell for sure how that thing will scale, what we do know how one 7950GX2 performs versus a standard SLI solution.

Regardless, that quad SLI gimmick would still run no faster than a single GPU in a game that does'nt support SLI, feel free to substitute "just as good" for "just as worst", same difference.
a b Î Nvidia
June 9, 2006 11:05:52 PM

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Regardless, that quad SLI gimmick would still run no faster than a single GPU in a game that does'nt support SLI, feel free to substitute "just as good" for "just as worst", same difference.


Actually it might run less fast, as shown in many previous benchies about SLi.

So depending on the implementation and support, you may end up slower.
June 9, 2006 11:33:33 PM

You can't expect quad SLI to receive more than a 200% performance increase.
June 10, 2006 12:20:11 AM

Holy cow 4 of these in SLI???!!!

hope you don't mind me saying this, but isn't that a bit over the top?
June 10, 2006 12:34:58 AM

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You can't expect quad SLI to receive more than a 200% performance increase.


Do you think I would have used the word "gimmick" in my last post if I tought such a thing would scale linearly ?

Case in point, two 7950GX2 in SLI (effectively quad SLI) would need some insanely high res in order to set itself appart from "standard" SLI, that is if, and only if, the driver support and technology can actually make such a thing happen.

Considering that there will be overhead involved in order to interface those 4 GPUs on 4 different PCBs through two PCI-E slots and numerous links, I seriously doubt the scaling will be worthwhile nor significant.
June 10, 2006 1:18:13 AM

My mistake then; it is sad though that even the two 7950GX2s will have probably have framerate issues on F.E.A.R. and Oblivion at 2560x1600.
June 14, 2006 9:46:06 PM

Going SLI you don't even get 2x the graphics performance, at best maybe 50%. Thats because the PCI Express is only 8x2 and not 16x2, but mobo are starting to come out with 16x2 slots. A single card runs at 16x but two cards run at 8x2. Then you have games that are heavy cpu dependant and running 50 cards and still you have 1 cpu. Don't bother going SLI unless you have a highend cpu, you won't see a big differance. Remember you still have to load your games and all the graphics power in the world won't get you anywhere buy itself.
June 16, 2006 8:16:09 PM

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Chances are that you'll need a monitor that can do something like 3200 x 2400 in order to really get the most out of that setup, that is, for SLI optimized games, otherwise, a single GPU will do just as good.



No, but halve the number (1600 x 1200) and that's where the 7950 GX2 starts to shine. When all the other graphics cards' FPS drop to the basement, the 7950 GX2 holds steady.


hball
June 16, 2006 9:09:45 PM

Acctually that 1 forth the number. B/c you half both #s.
June 17, 2006 2:40:38 PM

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Acctually that 1 forth the number. B/c you half both #s.


I wasn't arbitrarily halving numbers to make a point, I was quoting Tom's Hardware Guide article on the 7950 GX2 in which their tests showed that this card started distancing the other cards at the resolution of 1600 x 1200. It was only coincidence that the resolutions the other poster cited were twice that of what the article stated.

hball
June 22, 2006 12:48:11 AM

I totaly agree with you that the 7950 GTX2 is the card to own! You might even consider not going SLI and just getting SLI on a stick, thats 79GB's of memery bandwidth! I really think having two GPU's on one card is going to be the norm soon, and later on maybe have two 7950's working in SLI that would outperform two 7900's 512mb cards! :D 
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