One Gigabyte Motherboard, Four Graphics Cards

Test Setup

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System Hardware
Processor(s)Intel Pentium Processor Extreme Edition 8403.2 GHz, FSB800, 2x 1 MB L2 Cache
Motherboard(s)Gigabyte GA-8N SLI QUAD Royal (Rev. 1.0, BIOS D6)NVIDIA nForce4 SLI Intel Edition Chipset, nForce4 SLI Chipset
RAMCorsair CM2X512A-5400UL (XMS5400 V1.2)2x 512 MB - DDR2-667 (333 MHz, CL3-2-2-8-1T)
Hard DriveHitachi DeskStar 7K250250 GB, 7,200 rpm, 8 MB Cache
NetworkingOn-board nForce4 GbE Network Controller
Graphics CardAsus Extreme N7800 GT-2DHTV, GeForce 7800 GTMSI NX7800GTX.VT2D256E, GeForce 7800 GTXGigabyte 3D1 Rev. 2.0, 2x GeForce 6600 GT
Power SupplyTagan TG480-U01, ATX 2.01, 480 W
System Software & Drivers
OSWindows XP Professional 5.10.2600, Service Pack 2
DirectX Version9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
Platform DriverNVIDIA Forceware 7.13
Graphics DriverNVIDIA Forceware 77.77

The Pentium Extreme Edition, based on the dual core Smithfield, is currently the best processor to stress a motherboard due to its high thermal figures.

Again, we are running DDR2-667 at CL3-2-2-8 with 1T timings.Benchmarks And Settings

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Benchmarks and Settings
Doom IIIVersion : 1.0.12621280x1024, 32 BitVideo Quality = High Qualitydemo1Graphics detail = High Quality
DirectX 8
Unreal Tournament 2004Version : 32041280x1024, 32 Bit, Audio = offTHG8-assault-single
DirectX 9
FarCryVersion 1.1 Build 12561280x1024 - 32 Bitqualtity options = High
Lame MP3Version 3.97.1 Multi-threaded AlphaWave 17:14 minutes (182 MB) to mp332 - 320 kbitVBR = level 3
WinRARVersion 3.41283 MB, 246 FilesCompression = BestDictionary = 4096 kB
3DS Max 7Characters "Dragon_Charater_rig"1600x1200Rendering Single
PCMark 2005 ProVersion : 1.0.1System, CPU and Memory Tests
SiSoftware Sandra ProVersion 2005, SR1CPU Test = Multimedia BenchmarkMemory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark
  • ShrikeC145
    That looks absolutely amazing! Just wondering, what model of graphics cards are they?
  • jealousfraud
    Three ways to Setup Multiple Monitors
    1) You can buy a pre-manufactured multi-monitor computer. The best place to purchase a multiple monitor computer is at: They carry a multi-monitor computer line called SUPER-PC that can support from 2 to 16 monitors.

    Multi-Screen Computer Systems
    Multiple Monitor LCD Displays
    2) You can get a USB to VGA Adapter, or USB to DVI Adapter that will allow you to add an extra monitor to your computer via any USB2.0 Port. You can also add multiple extra monitors by using multiple adapters. This is a great option for viewing documents, surfing the web, using Microsoft Office and many other business tasks. This is not a good option for intense graphical situations such as HDTV, Blu-ray, Gaming and 3D / CAD Workstation applications. For those types of scenarios, it is highly recommended that you purchase a high-powered multi-monitor workstation or a Matrox Dual or Triple Head2Go.

    Multi-Monitor Adapters
    3) You can replace or add an extra video card to your existing computer, depending on how many monitors you wish to support. Although this sounds easy enough, this is a rather complex solution for a beginner, especially when trying to find a compatible graphics card. For this reason, I am going to write an entirely seperate post on that topic and will link to it here, very soon.

    Multi-Monitor Video Cards
    Once you have your multiple monitor system set up and ready to use, you will need to enable all of your monitors in your “Display Properties” Control Panel. Here is a great link to a complete and animated walkthrough of how to enable your multiple monitors in Windows.

    How to Setup Multiple Monitors (Instructions)
    This is what it will look like when you are done:

    Multi-Monitor Video Demo 1Multi-Monitor Video Demo 2