Head to Head: Quad SLI vs. Quad CrossFireX

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warptek2010

This set-up would go great with my small nuclear reactor that powers my bat cave.

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chop_slap

You just want to play Arkham Asylum instead of fighting REAL crime, don't you, Batman?

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ApathyCurve

Really like to see you test this with a three-screen Eyefinity setup (and the Nvidia equivalent, whatever that's called), at least 5292x1050 resolution.  My single 6850 card is starting to feel the strain on more modern games, so an upgrade will be in order for my next build. 

I simply refuse to play any FPS without a three-screen display nowadays; the difference is amazing, both in immersion and your ability to react to peripheral threats in multiplayer.

 

 

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illusionslayer

Where did you get 1764x1050 monitors?

7680x1600 would be interesting though.

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ApathyCurve

Three 1680X1050 monitors with bezel compensation comes out to 5292X1050

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shotgun-eddie

I would like to see a comparison with true quad SLI using four GTX 580 cards. Something they notably did not attempt in a Dream Machine build.

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illusionslayer

The 580s would win hands down in performance. They might lose in noise, power under load, temperature, and power at idle but those are aspects of these test I really don't care about.

 

I would like to see a more comprehensive test, however. I'm talking 2x6990s VS 4x6970s VS 2x590s VS 4x580s @ 1.5gb VS 4x580s @ 3gb, all at stock clocks and then overclocked as far as MPC can push them. And none of this "We could have pushed the cards farther but ran out of time. You have a couple months until 7xxx is out.

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MastaGuy

Why aren't they testing this with BF3. That is a very power craving game and has great GPU support.

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illusionslayer

There's no set benchmark for BF3 yet and running a level and timing it with a stop-watch is far to variable.

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rawrnomnom

should have thrown these in with the new sandy bridge-e system you guys built. Side note as well, the noise shouldn't be that big of an issue, as you stated, if you have 1500 to throw down on graphics, 1300 on a monitor, and lets say another ~2000 for the rest of the rig (assuming you match all the other stuff so far, a watercooling loop for those cards isn't too far out of the question either.  Cool article though. 

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iceman08

They might have done the article before Sandy Bridge-E was allowed to be talked about publicly

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ABouman

That actually is the case here - this Head to Head originally appeared in our October issue. The Non-Disclosure Agreement date for Sandy Bridge-E was lifted 11.14.

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rawrnomnom

lol rats, i'm wondering if there would be a processor bottleneck... further experimentation is required!!

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