So, what about benchmarks? Well, we didn't have access to our normal test platform, so the numbers we have aren't exactly comparable to what we normally do. The test system consisted of a Pentium D 3.4GHz, 4GB of DDR2 memory clocked at 667MHz, an ASUS P5W DH 975X motherboard and a Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 SATA hard drive.
We only had an afternoon to play with the Gemini 3 and we will follow up with a full-on review of the card at a later date. We tested it in Crossfire mode in 3DMark05 and 06, as well as in Company of Heroes and Call of Juarez; all tests were run in Windows XP. Unfortunately though, due to time constraints we were only able to run 3DMark06 at 1280 x 1024 with Crossfire disabled.
As you can see from the results, the Gemini 3 offers some pretty good performance increases in Crossfire mode compared to single GPU mode. It's not twice the performance, but in Call of Juarez it's close at 1024x768. It's not an amazingly fast card but in this case there's two issues, first of all the CPU we used is not as fast as the one we normally use, and secondly we have a feeling that the DDR2 memory is holding back the full potential of this card, but more on that in the full review.
We hope you've enjoyed this first looks of the GECUBE Gemini 3, and with the right price and slightly tweaked drivers this should be an appealing solution for those that don't have a dual x16 system but still want to enjoy the benefits of running Crossfire.
Don't forget to check out GECUBE's website here.