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Benchmark Results: Audio/Video Encoding

Value In SLI? GTX 260 Core 216 Vs. GTX 280

We’ve heard that the added system overhead of additional graphics cards will hurt overall system performance, so we ran our remaining benchmark suite on both 3-way and 2-way SLI configurations.


Audio encoding benchmarks heavily favor CPU performance, while video encoding also places a huge demand on memory speed and capacity. We see zero gains when moving from three GTX 260 Core 216 graphics cards to two GTX 280 cards, proving that system overhead is not a valid reason to criticize 3-way SLI.

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