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P67, X58, And NF200: The Best Platform For CrossFire And SLI

SLI Platform Performance Analysis

Our goal today was to define the average gaming performance difference between fully-optimized platforms at identical CPU frequencies. That means we can ignore synthetic benchmarks and compare the game performance averages of each graphics configuration to a baseline. The unassisted X58 chipset sets three baselines for our single card, two-way and three-way SLI performance levels.

P67 leads X58 on average. It appears that the NF200 also boosts P67 performance slightly when two or more cards are used, but the difference is far too small to notice in actual game play. The NF200’s biggest benefit when used with Nvidia graphics cards is that it enables three-way SLI on the slightly-better-performing P67 platform.

Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.