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GeForce 9800 GX2 in Quad SLI Tested - Test System Setup and 3DMark06

Shane finds himself locked in the iBuyPower Oz bunker with Dickens Cider, McDonalds, Doritos and a pair of 9800GX2s!

| NVIDIA SLI Articles in Video Cards | Posted: Mar 18, 2008 4:00 am

Test System Setup

 

Processor(s): Intel Core 2 Quad QX9650 @ 4GHz (400MHz x 10)

 

Cooling: Swiftech Apogee GTX Block (CPU) 3x 120mm Radiator, MCP655-B Pump

 

Motherboard(s): EVGA 780i SLI

 

Memory: 2 X 2GB OCZ Reaper X PC6400 DDR-2 4-4-3-12

 

Hard Disk(s): Western Digital Raptor 150GB 10,00RPM SATA

 

Power Supply Zalman 1000W Modular

 

Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium 64-Bit

 

Drivers: Forceware 174.53

 

All hardware components were provided by the guys at iBuyPower Australia.

 

Due to the quickness and the fact that we simply don't have our large array of benchmarks that you've become accustomed to seeing, we have had to limit our testing down to what we feel were the most important benchmarks. We tested three applications as mentioned below.

 

3DMark06 lets us gauge exactly where the cards sit, so that was a necessity.

 

Unreal Tournament 3 is also here, which is one of the latest fast-paced shooters on the market.

 

Finally we've got Crysis. How could we not include it? - Plus I know if we didn't, the local internet forums would have been coming at us with pitch forks and torches.

 

I'm not going to delude myself by thinking that you've even gotten this far in the reading of the text, so we're just going to get into it. We've done a few different setups and what not. Let's cross our fingers this SLI driver does what it's supposed to do!

 

3DMark06

 

Version and / or Patch Used: Build 110

 

Developer Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com

 

Product Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com/products/3dmark06/

 

Buy It Here

 

 

3DMark06 is the very latest version of the "Gamers Benchmark" from FutureMark. The newest version of 3DMark expands on the tests in 3DMark05 by adding graphical effects using Shader Model 3.0 and HDR (High Dynamic Range lighting) which will push even the best DX9 graphics cards to the extremes.

 

3DMark06 also focuses on not just the GPU but the CPU using the AGEIA PhysX software physics library to effectively test single and Dual Core processors.

 

 

It doesn't look all that impressive, but when you really look into the graphs with details you can see just how powerful the GX2 is. For example, moving from 1280 x 1024 up to 1920 x 1200 on the Quad setup gives us a drop of only 729 3DMarks. You can see the single card gets a larger 1975 3DMark hit when you move from the lower to higher resolution.

 

The 9600GT in SLI cops a similar hit in performance when you move from 1280 to 1920, with a score difference of 2323 3DMarks.

 

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