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nVidia SLI Technology - Introduction and 6800 Ultra Performance - Benchmarks - Test System Setup & 3DMark2001 SE

We finally get our chance to setup an nVidia SLI system with two GeForce 6800 Ultra graphics cards and see just what type of performance we can expect from this expensive yet impressive setup which deserves respect. Since this is our first SLI article we look into what exactly SLI is, what it stands for, how it works and everything else we think is important and then get straight into the benchmarking to see what we can come up with.

| NVIDIA SLI Articles in Video Cards | Posted: Jan 27, 2005 5:00 am

Test System Setup

 

Processor(s): AMD Athlon 64 3800+

 

Motherboard(s): ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe (Supplied by ASUS)

 

Memory: 2 X 512MB OCZ LL PC3200 2-2-2-5 (Supplied by OCZ)

 

Hard Disk(s): Western Digital Raptor 74GB 10,000 RPM SATA (Supplied by Western Digital)

 

Operating System: Windows XP Professional SP1

 

Drivers: DX9c, nVidia 71.40 and nVidia 6.11 beta chipset drivers

 

We will be testing the 6800 Ultra in SLI mode and in single GPU mode today. What we will be looking at which is something that we haven't seen yet is a few synthetic tests on how and if SLI affects performance of memory or CPU. We will be running the tests through our normal gaming benchmarks which include the 3DMark series as well as Half Life 2 and Doom 3. We will also have a look at what happens when we start bumping up the AA and AF and also finally our normal synthetic line up including SiSoft Sandra and PCMark.

 

Our Performance PC article #2 will be coming in the very near future so we will be leaving overclocking of these cards till then. For now lets have a look if you could warrant the forking out of those extra dollars for a second 6800 Ultra PCI-E.

 

3DMark2001 SE

 

Version and / or Patch Used: Build 330

 

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

 

Product Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com/products/3dmark2001/

 

Buy It Here

 

 

3DMark2001 SE is a part of the popular 3DMark series. By combining DirectX 8.1 support with completely new graphics (including the GeForce4), it continues to provide benchmark results that empower you to make informed hardware assessments.

 

 

 

We can see here that SLI doesn't really give a huge jump in performance since 3DMark01 is quite CPU limited these days. We notice an increase when we start to overclock the processor but we will look at that another day.

 

 

 

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