Tri-SLI Fermi and 4GHz Gulftown equals pure joy.
Loud in gaming; puts out enough heat to cook bacon.
It’s no secret that Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 480 cards are the hottest piece of technology people want to gawk at right now. Hell, we were barely able to obtain one of these coveted babies for
our feature on Fermi this month
So we were pretty impressed to crack open Maingear’s new Shift system and find three GTX 480 boards running in tri-SLI. That the company could rate such bounty is testament to its street cred among power users.
The Shift isn’t just about the Fermi cards, though. Maingear also managed to get that other big star of the PC world in for the ride: Intel’s Core i7-980X, which, with help from the Acetek water cooler, Maingear pushes from the stock 3.33GHz to 4.2GHz.
|Zero Point ||Maingear Shift |
|Vegas Pro 9 (sec) ||3,049 ||2,136 |
|Lightroom 2.6 (sec) ||356 ||290 |
|ProShow 4 (sec) ||1,112||886 |
|Reference 1.6 (sec) ||2,113 ||1,480 |
|S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: CoP (fps)||42 ||78.9 |
|Far Cry 2 (fps) ||114.4 ||187.8 |
Our current desktop test bed consists of a quad-core 2.66GHz Core i7-920 overclocked to 3.5GHz, 6GB of Corsair DDR3/1333 overclocked to 1,750MHz, on a Gigabyte X58 motherboard. We are running an ATI Radeon HD 5970 graphics card, a 160GB Intel X25-M SSD, and the 64-bit version of Windows 7 Ultimate.
|Processor||Intel 3.33GHz Core i7-980X (overclocked to 4.2GHz) |
|Mobo ||EVGA Classified X58 SLI |
|RAM||6GB DDR3/1600 in tri-channel mode |
|Videocard ||Three GeForce GTX 480 in tri-SLI |
|Soundcard ||Onboard Realtek |
|Storage ||256MB Crucial C300 SSD, 2TB Western Digital Caviar Black|
|Optical ||LG Blu-ray combo drive |
|Case/PSU ||Custom / Silverstone 1,500W PSU |