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PCIe And CrossFire Scaling: Does Nvidia's NF200 Fix P55?

Benchmark Results: Crysis

With three different configurations on each of the four motherboards, we decided to simplify today’s game charts by presenting the results based on resolution.

Even a single Radeon HD 5870 can play Crysis at very high details when the resolution is only 1680x1050 pixels. The NF200 bridge helps both P55-based motherboards tremendously when it comes to triple-GPU CrossFireX support, but only MSI’s Trinergy gets a boost in a two-card configuration.

Two Radeon HD 5870s are required to play Crysis smoothly at 1920x1200 and very high details, but even the P55 baseline is good enough to host these. Our previous NF200 observations still apply.

Stuttering and pausing make Crysis unplayable at 2560x1600 and the CrossFireX advantage is a mere distraction, regardless of the motherboard used. MSI's results continue to get amazingly close to the X58-based board in dual- and triple-GPU configurations.

Enabling anti-aliasing (AA) knocks all of the cards down a peg, and these 1680x1050 results resemble the 1920x1200 non-AA tests. Two cards are required for smooth game play on any of these platforms.

Performance drops slightly at 1920x1200, but the benchmark still required two cards, not three, to play smoothly. NF200 continues to provide a significant boost in triple-GPU performance on both P55 motherboards, but only MSI is similarly boosted in dual-GPU mode.

Crysis’ has always had a problem with multi-GPU arrays at 2560x1600 with AA enabled, so these particular results are meaningless.

  • liquidsnake718
    Score One for the X58. The NF200 should help the P55 however but at an added cost. ALl in all interesting to see that Nvidia has been busy making this for the onboard and motherboard vendors instead of focusing on the GF100. I am sure they are really strategizing and letting AMD/ATi get the upper hand for a short time as their target market for business is also reaching a wider market in motherboard vendors. Then when GF100 comes out, ppl will see the type of quality GPUs that are meant to please the eye and take on the best and most demanding apps/games/HD content.
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  • outlw6669
    With dual CrossFire/SLI (where it really matters most) it is kinda hard to fix something that ain't broken.

    Nice gains with three way though.
    Pretty sure if you have $1200 to dump on GPU's you would have gotten the proper platform in the first place...
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  • falchard
    MSI wins again.
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  • apache_lives
    well there you go, high end x58/1366 systems with a high end price offer the higher performance, and pushing a mid-range 1156 platform to high end performance requires extra exotic equipement/chips to do it - no new news here
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  • apache_lives
    outlw6669With dual CrossFire/SLI (where it really matters most) it is kinda hard to fix something that ain't broken.Nice gains with three way though.Pretty sure if you have $1200 to dump on GPU's you would have gotten the proper platform in the first place...
    Exactly my point +1000
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  • elmo_gr
    Testing should have been done with 5670's
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  • mfarrukh
    Just Give us the Dman FERMI already
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  • 2shea
    It proves again that the x58 is stock the best performer albeit not very much in comparison with the buffed up p55 gf200 chipset. But in practical mode, I don't see the big wins with triple vs. dual gpu's. Moreover I probably won't even go dual videocards because of the relative high fps which don't matter much, 60+ is more than enough for any game on a flatscreen monitor. 30+ is mostly enough for most single player games.
    It DOES however prove that the chip gives a reasonable gain if games are going to demand more then they do now. The only games available that can really max out anything are crysis, WIC, total commander and that's pretty much all.
    For the rest pretty good article though
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  • Hupiscratch
    I prefer to use the remaining 4x PCI-e 2.0 lanes of the X58 for a Fusion-io Duo drive. Can you imagine?
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  • a4mula
    I bow to you Crashman. This was the granddaddy of all p55 reviews and I openly admit to standing corrected. I honestly didn't believe the NF200 could pull it off, but I was obviously wrong.

    I wish this review had come a week earlier, I would have gone 1156 over 1366 but at least it finally showed up. The last vestiges of X58's hold over P55 have been erased in my mind.

    Now you can move on to figuring out SATA 6Gb/s for us. I know, I know I'm never pleased. Great work.

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