Page 2:Beyond The Hype: What Is Quad SLI?
Page 3:How Quad SLI Works
Page 4:How Quad SLI Works, Continued
Page 5:Image Quality
Page 6:Frame Rates
Page 7:Hurdles Before We Could Start Testing
Page 8:Hurdles, Continued
Page 9:Testing Oblivion
Page 10:Test Setup
Page 11:Low Resolution Comparison
Page 12:Doom 3 - Low Res
Page 13:Half-Life 2: Lost Coast - Low Res
Page 14:Black & White 2 - Low Res
Page 15:Quad At High Resolution
Page 16:Doom 3 - High Res
Page 17:Black & White 2 - High Res
Page 18:Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Our final impression of Quad SLI is that it's awesome! The performance at high resolutions is absolutely stunning. We find it amazing that we can turn up all of the settings in games such as F.E.A.R. or Oblivion, and then watch Quad SLI chew them up and spit out the frames. For ideal performance, it is best to turn some things down, but what is the point? Quad is about Extreme High Definition and that is what it delivers.
That being said, there is one major drawback to Quad SLI: Price! One can obtain a system for around $5,000 but the 30" monitor will run you an additional $2,000+. So, if your wallet is thick and your appetite for graphics insatiable, a system with Quad SLI is right for you. If the 30" monitor is too expensive, there is the Matrox TripleHead2Go that allows the user to hook up three 19" panels for a maximum resolution of 3840x1024. Monarch Computers currently has this available for purchase as a separate unit, and ABS Computer Technologies is bundling the Matrox product and three monitors with its Quad SLI systems.
Inside the IBuyPower Quad SLI Extreme Gaming System
On a final note, Quad SLI is not for the Do-It-Yourselfer. Nvidia has made this clear, and in a dialogue with Brian Burke, Nvidia PR Manager, Quad SLI will only be available from system integrators such as Falcon Northwest, iBuyPower, CyberPowerPC, Dell, Alienware, and Widow. This instantly means a markup in cost, as you have to pay for labor, warranties, and addition items. In return you get a fully working system and the ability to sleep at night knowing that there is someone else responsible to fix the system if you play around with it too much. And for $7,000-10,000, you had better fork over the extra for the better warranty...
DIY guys beware: not using 90-degree SATA cables can be hazardous to your $1,000 video cards!
- Beyond The Hype: What Is Quad SLI?
- How Quad SLI Works
- How Quad SLI Works, Continued
- Image Quality
- Frame Rates
- Hurdles Before We Could Start Testing
- Hurdles, Continued
- Testing Oblivion
- Test Setup
- Low Resolution Comparison
- Doom 3 - Low Res
- Half-Life 2: Lost Coast - Low Res
- Black & White 2 - Low Res
- Quad At High Resolution
- Doom 3 - High Res
- Black & White 2 - High Res
- Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion