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Two's Company, Four's a WOW! Sneak Preview of NVIDIA Quad GPU Graphics

Test Setup

Configuration of the Test Platform
Desktop-Cards
CPUAMD Athlon 64 FX-57 2800 MHz
FSB200 MHz
MotherboardASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe
Memory2x Corsair 1024 MB CMX1024-3500LLPRO
Drivers & Configuration
Graphics DriverAsus 77.77
SettingsAA 4x, AF 8x1280x1024(960) Pixel
Operating SystemWindows XP Prof. SP1a
DirectXVersion 9.0c
Benchmarks
Quake 4Ultra QualityCustom THG-Timedemo
F.E.A.R.F.E.A.R. BenchmarkMax Details/Quality
3DMark 2005 1.2.0Default Benchmark

Benchmark Results

With this sneak preview, Tom’s Hardware merely attempted to demonstrate that a Quad-GPU configuration works. There is no official release by NVIDIA and no support either yet. As the tests showed, this setup does not run smoothly with all of our games using the 77.77 driver. All the same, the cards show very impressive performance improvements in some of the benchmarks.

Neither NVIDIA as the chipmaker, nor Asus as the card manufacturer, promised us any kind of support for our review samples. Indeed, both parties seemed rather reluctant to do so. It seems that the companies themselves are more than a bit wary of what Tom’s Hardware had up and running here...

F.E.A.R

3DMark 2005

Quake 4