Benchmark Results: Left 4 Dead 2
The original Left 4 Dead is one of Lucid’s supported titles, but there’s apparently enough different with the sequel to mess with X-mode when we manually add it to Hydra’s control panel. In addition to a significant performance hit, we also saw black flashing bars during configuration and game play.
A noticeable speed-up in A-mode lets us know both cards are running, but the scaling here isn’t quite as good as it is in CrossFire mode. N-mode tells a similar tale, with the SLI’d cards outperforming Lucid’s N-mode.
A long way to go though.
It's explained in the analysis ;-)
Quoted from the last page; I disagree with that statement.
There are plenty of people in situations where using this board is a better investment performance per dollars. This is all the more relevant as this technology will undoubtedly find its way into cheaper boards and budget oriented setups where it will make all the sense in the world to bench it using mid-end value parts.
I, for one, would have liked to see what using gtx260s and 5770s would look like in this same setup. As is, this review leaves many questions unanswered.
Or at least that is the conclusion i'm comfortable with at the moment.
i also understand why you paired the 5870 with nvidia's greatest. there is a catch however... lucid guys did not have the chance to play with 5xxx series too much and you may be evaluating something that is not too ripe. i guess the 4xxx series would have been a better chance to see how well the technology works. couple that with games that are not yet certified for lucid, couple that with how much complexity this technology has to overcome... i think this is a magnificent accomplishment o lucid team part.
i also think that in order for this technology to become viable it will go down in price and will be found in much cheaper boards. for the moment the "experimenting phase" is done on the expensive spectrum. i saw some early comparisons and the scaling was beautiful. i know that the system put together by lucid... but that is fine since that was only a demo to show that it works. judging on how fast this guys are evolving i guess that they will go mainstream this year.