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NVIDIA's Double Graphics Whopper: SLI Comes to Market
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We tested the SLI configuration with GeForce 6800 Ultra and GT with both the ASUS and MSI motherboard. We only gathered comparison data for single-card operation from the ASUS board. We used an Athlon64 4000+ (corresponds to Athlon FX-53) and 1 GB RAM as a CPU. For the Power Supply, we used an Antex True Control ATX (1.0) PSU with 20-pin main power connector. We did not face any power issues during our tests. We also tested a 760W workstation PSU, just to see if our stability problems had to do with power.

Due to the stability problems described earlier we decided to forego overclocking tests.

System 1
CPU AMD Athlon64 4000+
FSB 200 MHz
Motherboard ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe (nForce 4 SLI)
Memory 2x Kingston DDR400 KHX3200/512, 1024 MB
HDD Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 120 GB S-ATA (8 MB)
DVD Hitachi GD-7000
LAN Netgear FA-312
Power Supply Antec True Control 550W
System 2
CPU AMD Athlon64 4000+
FSB 200 MHz
Motherboard MSI K8N Diamond (nForce 4 SLI)
Memory 2x Kingston DDR400 KHX3200/512, 1024 MB
HDD Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 120 GB S-ATA (8 MB)
DVD Hitachi GD-7000
LAN Netgear FA-312
Power Supply Antec True Control 550W
Drivers & Configuration
Graphics ATI Catalyst v4.11
NVIDIA v66.93
Chipset Intel Inf. Update
OS Windows XP Prof. SP1a
DirectX DirectX 9.0c
Graphic cards used for Benchmarks in this article
ATI Radeon X800 XT PE PCIe (520/560 MHz, 256 MB)
NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra PCIe (420/550 MHz, 256 MB)
GeForce 6800 GT PCIe (350/500 MHz, 256 MB)
GeForce 6600 GT PCIe (420/550 MHz, 128 MB)
Benchmarks
3DMark 2005 Standard Resolution
Unreal Tournament 2004 Custom Timedemo
Max Details/Quality
Map : Assault-FallenCity
Call Of Duty v1.4 Max Details/Quality
Demo : VGA
Doom3 Demo : Demo1
High Quality
Farcry
v1.3
Custom Timedemo cooler01
Very High Quality
Flashlight : On
Flight Simulator 2004 Custom Video
Custom Quality
Scenario : Hong Kong at Dusk
Battlefield Vietnam
v1.2
FRAPS
Max Details/Quality
Map : Ho Chi Minh Trail
The Sims 2 FRAPS
Max Details/Quality
Custom Scene
Half-Life 2 Three custom Timedemos
Max Details/Quality

Benchmarks

3D Mark 2005

3D Mark 2005, Build 110 :

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