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MaxForce Reviewed: 3-Way SLI and 4 GHz+

Let’s start off with Crysis—this is one title that really appreciates the GeForce architecture. Two GeForce GTX 280s perform on par with two Radeon 4870 X2 cards, and the triple-SLI setup in the MaxForce rig decimates its competition. With or without AA enabled, 3-way SLI is the way to go in this game on a 32-bit platform, and the MaxForce delivers. If you remember from the Gaming System Shootout, the Radeon’s reclaim the lead upon switching over to 64-bit mode.

Supreme Commander shows us what the AMD camp can do, with the two Radeon 4870 X2 cards really handing it to the GeForce solutions. We’re not seeing any real difference between SLI and 3-way SLI in this title.

Let’s move on to Unreal Tournament 3:

Unreal Tournament 3 is showing another strong performance by the two Radeon 4870 X2 cards, but there is at least a tangible benefit to the 3-way SLI solution in the MaxForce PC. Of course, with the frame rates so high on any of these powerful systems, there is little real-world difference.

World in Conflict Benchmarks

Finally, World in Conflict demonstrates more SLI-friendly behavior, allowing the MaxForce and its three GeForce GTX 280s to win the benchmark. Once again, the frame rates between all three solutions are so high that there is little real-world difference.

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