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Benchmark Results: Crysis (DX10)

Gaming Across Three Screens: GTX 460, GTX 480, And Quad-SLI
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Crysis has been known, since the day of its release, as an frame rate demolisher, and we’ve kept it around just to see if anything is ever capable of pushing its limits.

With results like these, we really had to look to the game’s minimum FPS to get a clear idea of which resolutions are supported by what hardware.

The good news for mid-budget gamers is that spanning across three 720p displays is possible with a pair of GeForce GTX 460 cards, with the higher 4x AA test reading a minimum 26 FPS. The cheaper cards even pull a playable 21 FPS minimum across three 1600x900 monitors with AA disabled.

Two GeForce GTX 480 units span three 1080p displays at a minimum of 22 FPS with AA disabled, but enabling AA at that resolution requires quad-SLI.

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    amk09 , October 12, 2010 4:13 AM
    sweet jesus, quad sli uses enough watts to power a small town
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    Bluescreendeath , October 12, 2010 4:15 AM
    GTX480 Quad SLI - Yes, it can play Crysis. Maxed out at 5760x1080 too! :D 
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    gaborbarla , October 12, 2010 6:17 AM
    Why is there no single or double 5870/5850 thrown in there for good measure? I know there was one or two reviews of eyeFinity but it would be good to see in reference for the ton of us that have those cards as opposed to the few that have 480SLI setups.
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  • 24 Hide
    amk09 , October 12, 2010 4:13 AM
    sweet jesus, quad sli uses enough watts to power a small town
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    Bluescreendeath , October 12, 2010 4:15 AM
    GTX480 Quad SLI - Yes, it can play Crysis. Maxed out at 5760x1080 too! :D 
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    duk3 , October 12, 2010 4:18 AM
    Sapphire’s 700 MHz cards
    They look like sparkle cards to me.
    EDIT: Now fixed, I thought it was funny that sapphire made gtx460s
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    damasvara , October 12, 2010 4:33 AM
    BluescreendeathGTX480 Quad SLI - Yes, it can play Crysis. Maxed out at 5760x1080 too!

    It's so hot, it can also make steak BBQ for you! Watch out for anti-terrorist bust over the Fermi thermal suspicion though... :lol: 
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    jupiter optimus maximus , October 12, 2010 4:44 AM
    Now i am curious to see a performance difference between tri and quad sli in triple 30" 2500x1600 monitors (7500x1600 resolution).
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    hurt74 , October 12, 2010 4:46 AM
    @duk3

    Isnt it nice to know that sappire tech now makes NVIDIA cards because the last time i know they are an ATI exclusive. Good job toms
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    vicskyline96 , October 12, 2010 4:50 AM
    cool, so the drivers support quad 480s now? i wonder if they support tri SLI 200 series cards, i'm sure theres still people out there who want to try this on their older generation cards
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    joytech22 , October 12, 2010 4:50 AM
    Wow, that power usage is insane! it's hard to believe that these 480's use so much power.. you'd need like a thermaltake toughpower 1500w or something, or maybe 2 PSU's!
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    andrern2000 , October 12, 2010 4:51 AM
    4 GTX 480s are a gig. But how much price is it is totally another matter. I prefer to 2-way SLI GTX 480.
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    vicskyline96 , October 12, 2010 4:51 AM
    cool, so the drivers support quad 480s now? i wonder if they support tri SLI 200 series cards, i'm sure theres still people out there who want to try this on their older generation cards
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    taso11 , October 12, 2010 5:05 AM
    Has anyone ever seen and article or test that compared gaming success/kills/scores at 1920X1200 versus 1280X720? I do understand that playing at native resolution will give best image quality versus forcing a lower resolution will be blockier image quality wise cause of blended pixels. The reason I ask is because when I'm normally playing a first person shooter im not looking at how nice the grass or pavement is rendered. I'm trying to locate a threat and avoid being shot. Are threats easier to locate high detail and smaller size or low detail and bigger size on the same size monitor?
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    taso11 , October 12, 2010 5:08 AM
    @vicskyline96

    I am currently running 3 GTX 260's in triple sli on three monitors in surround mode on Windows 7 Professional 64 bit. It works great!
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    cscott_it , October 12, 2010 5:10 AM
    I think you guys should do an article comparing multi-display and 3d vision between AMD & Nvidia.

    Considering the next gen (The enthusiast cards like Cayman, not the Bart XT cards) will support Eyefinity5 and 3DHD (unsure of the names).

    I'm more interested in the multi-monitor gaming aspect, but it would be nice to see an apples to apples comparison of the platforms. To see where Nvidia's implementation stands against the more mature eyefinity platform and Nvidia's more mature 3D platform against AMD's new platform.
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    silversurfernhs , October 12, 2010 6:11 AM
    Why no 2 way in the lineup!? sheesh - most common of the sli setups... you guys left that out though it woulda been simple to add. Why no Eyfinity in their for comparison purposes either??
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    silversurfernhs , October 12, 2010 6:12 AM
    My bad - i just found it (must be late for me) Still, wheres the Eyefinity for comparison?
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    cangelini , October 12, 2010 6:12 AM
    wasabiman123What's wrong with gaming on one bigger screen instead, more than one screen for gaming is overrated IMO, I do think however that Nvidia's 3D vision is a really cool idea and has great potential in the future.


    The short answer is cost. Three small displays offer more "real estate" for less cost vs. a single 30" monitor capable of 2560x1600.
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    gaborbarla , October 12, 2010 6:13 AM
    wasabiman123What's wrong with gaming on one bigger screen instead, more than one screen for gaming is overrated IMO, I do think however that Nvidia's 3D vision is a really cool idea and has great potential in the future.


    I think the great merit of Eyefinity/Surround is the fact that your Field of vision becomes huge. Vistas are rolling by in simulators and in multiplayer FPSs you can see the little bugger hiding in the bush in the corner of your eye.
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    gaborbarla , October 12, 2010 6:17 AM
    Why is there no single or double 5870/5850 thrown in there for good measure? I know there was one or two reviews of eyeFinity but it would be good to see in reference for the ton of us that have those cards as opposed to the few that have 480SLI setups.
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    Gin Fushicho , October 12, 2010 6:30 AM
    Quote:
    The good news for mid-budget gamers is that spanning across three 720p displays


    "Mid-budget"
    I think anyone who can afford three monitors is going to be rich enough to buy four GTX480's. There is no "Mid-budget" for three monitors, just "costs too much you rich jerks".
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    SpadeM , October 12, 2010 7:05 AM
    You can always purchase 3 Samsung 2343BW LCD monitors and go with the portrait route .. that gives you 3456 x 2048 resolution ... better for fps.
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