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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 in Tri-SLI Tested - Final Thoughts

We pack three GTX 285s into our test bed and see how Tri-SLI is running these days with the latest NVIDIA card.

| NVIDIA SLI Articles in Video Cards | Posted: Jan 26, 2009 5:00 am

Final Thoughts

 

NVIDIAs SLI technology has come a long way; with modern day games it isn't plagued with the same issues that we saw only months ago. Does this mean that Tri-SLI is the best option? - No, not really. But SLI is a great option and manages to offer some serious power.

 

Two things have made SLI good today, though; one is that the drivers have become better and better with every release. NVIDIA deserve a good pat on the back for that. The other is thanks to Intel who has implemented SLI into the X58 chipset. It was good to see that NVIDIA learnt to swallow its pride and realize that the best thing for them and their technology was to let Intel implement SLI into their chipsets.

 

But while there's some serious performance on offer here, there still continues to be a huge list of cons to a setup like this. Price is one of the biggest and the other thing is that unless your CPU is clocked high, be it by overclocking or buying a top of the line i7, you're just not going to get the performance that you should be getting out of the setup.

 

Then there is of course the heat that comes out the back of your case which is simply huge and in a small area you're really going to be feeling it. We also have some serious power getting sucked up, meaning a decent power supply is a must.

 

Sure, the list of cons are big, but if you look at the pros such as performance, more performance and then a little bit more performance again, it's not hard to accept a Tri-SLI setup with open arms; because as mentioned, it offers great performance.

 

As a quick reminder, the ASUS EN285GTX sells for $399.99 at Newegg.

 

This is a good, stable and very fast setup that's going to cost a small fortune. The thing is, though, if you have the money, want the power and just love gaming, you're not going to be disappointed!

 

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