Just How Much Does a Second ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Matrix Platinum Help Out?
Going into the SLI benchmarking, I didn't expect much at 1080p - but the results at 1440p and 4K are very surprising. Not only do we have some insane performance from these two ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Matrix Platinum cards in SLI, but the power consumption of these two GM204-powered video cards is simply awesome.
Performance at 1080p
Starting at 1920x1080 with Battlefield 4 in both Medium and our custom Ultra preset (with AA disabled), we have no real jump in performance. Just 5FPS extra with the second card in SLI, but the minimum FPS jumps from 119FPS to 133FPS. On our Ultra preset, we have 6FPS extra performance - nothing much at all, really.
GRID: Autosport sees just 7FPS extra performance with the SLI setup, while Metro: Last Light loves the second card. It jumps from 94FPS on the single card to 130FPS, a jump of 38%. Shadow of Mordor lost a single frame per second with the second card installed.
Thief saw a 19% increase with the second card, from 93FPS average to 111FPS, while Tomb Raider being a shining example of excellent multi-GPU scaling with 208FPS average, compared to 117FPS on the single card for an improvement of 77%. BioShock Infinite saw a decent increase too, from 119FPS to 150FPS, an additional 37%.
Performance at 1440p
Battlefield 4's Medium preset with the second card added 1FPS more to our average performance, but on the Ultra preset (minus AA), we have a big increase of 44%. Metro: Last Light enjoys the second card this time around, where at 1440p the minimum FPS increases from 5FPS to 12FPS, while the average leaps by 50% from 62FPS to 93FPS.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor enjoyed the SLI setup, with 69FPS on the single Matrix Platinum and 80FPS on the SLI rig. Thief also saw a great improvement, jumping up from 64FPS average on the single card to 100FPS on the second - an increase of 56%.
Tomb Raider is one of our favorite tests for multi-GPU setups, where our single ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Matrix Platinum was capable of a still-great 79FPS at 1440p, but in SLI, the Matrix Platinum cards smash out an insane 139FPS. This is a huge increase of 76%. Excellent scaling there from Crystal Dynamics and NVIDIA.
BioShock: Infinite is another game which enjoys multi-GPU setups, with an increase of 56% from our second card, increasing the 81FPS from the single Matrix Platinum to 127FPS average when in SLI.
Performance at 4K
This is what we're here for, right? Performance at 4K on the ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Matrix Platinum cards in SLI... one of the best setups money can buy. Starting with Battlefield 4 at 4K on the Medium preset, we have an increase of 45%, up from 82FPS average, to 119FPS. On the Ultra preset (minus AA) the results are even better, with an increase of 65% on the average FPS: from 60FPS to 99FPS. The minimum frame rate is also far, far better - with the second GTX 980 Matrix Platinum card resulting in an increase of 88%, up from 35FPS minimum, to 66FPS.
GRID: Autosport fared better with the second card, with its average FPS jumping by 29% while Metro: Last Light enjoyed a further 23% performance from the second video card. We didn't see much performance increase from Shadow of Mordor at 1080p or 1440p, but at 4K we have an increase of 57% - with the single card providing 56FPS average, while the SLI cards scored 88FPS average.
Thief yet again kicks ass with multi-GPU scaling, where we see an increase of 75%, with 40FPS on the single card, to 70FPS on the SLI rig. But it was Tomb Raider that had us excited, with 74FPS on the single card and an astounding 139FPS average with the cards in SLI, representing an increase of 87%. The minimum FPS on Tomb Raider also leaped up from 62FPS to 102FPS.
BioShock: Infinite finishes us on a high note at 4K with 75FPS average on the single card and 122FPS on the SLI setup, an increase of 62%.
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