Lucid Hydra 200 Multi-GPU Performance Revealed - HotHardware

Lucid Hydra 200 Multi-GPU Performance Revealed

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Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising
Real World Gaming Performance

 

We activated FRAPS, set the resolution to 1920x1200, and cranked up the image quality settings in the recently released Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising. Here, impressive scaling took place as we saw an 89% performance increase when going from a single HD 4890 to dual card configuration. The transition from one to two GTX 260's in tandem also provided an effective 74% increase in performance.
 

Call of Juarez
DirectX 10 Benchmark

 

The Call of Juarez benchmark was one of the first to show off DX10 features while offering precise repeatability. Once again, we see exceptional scaling when going from single to dual card configurations. Two GTX 260's demonstrated an 85% performance increase over a single card, while two HD 4890's produced an 83% gain above an individual card's score. 
 

Stormrise
DX10 Gaming Performance

 

Stormrise verified our prior GTX 260 performance results with 85% scaling once more. However, two HD 4890's in tandem fell short of previous outcomes with only a 44% performance gain, much lower than the percentage we saw in the other games. Its worth noting that the ATI / NVIDIA combination consistently provided the second best scores throughout testing while generally meeting our expectations of this configuration.

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This is probably redundant to even mention, but how long before the green and/or red camp say: Oh hells no!!!

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It scales surprisingly well!

You can get the best of both worlds it seems! There are games the ATI cards are better at, and games the Nvida cards are better at. But with 1 of each... The games the Nvidia cards weren't so good at, it performed better and vice versa.

Were there any wierd artifacts or appearnaces when you run things like AA and AF, shadow's, reflections, etc. since they both do them differently

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Agreed acarzt, I was very impressed with the mix GPU setup.

Will we get to see how this performs with three cards? Especially considering that CrossfireX scales horribly.

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Impressive, I'm looking forward to this when it comes to the market. Like acarzt says now you can get the best of both worlds. It's frustrating being stuck on just one platform.

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Also, can you toss in a 3rd card and run it as dedicated physics card?

Oh wait... Nvidia's driver's would probably stop that because of the ATI card being present lol

Wouldn't be much point running 3 Nvidia cards when you can just use SLi. Unless this scales better?

That would be an interesting Comparo. SLI and Crossfire vs Hydra!

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Yep, that's the idea that I had when I first read about Lucid Hydra a couple of months ago! Also, I remember reading that 3+ GPUs would also be possible, with good scaling in performance.

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Color me intrigued.

I would have expected video cards to use much more proprietary communications between each other in SLI/Crossfire mode, but apparently these guys know stuff that I don't.

It will be interesting to see if the benchmarks on the final board match, and if they can work out the bugs.

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I'd love to see 3 or 4 GTX 295s working together!! Crisis at max EVERYTHING anyone?

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acarzt:

I'd love to see 3 or 4 GTX 295s working together!! Crisis at max EVERYTHING anyone?

From what I have read more than 2 GPUs scale much much better with this than ATI/NVIDIA's current solutions.

This is actually really exciting. I will be watching this closely. I honestly expected nothing more than more vaporware press releases from this company.

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yea, same here.. when I first heard about the technology I figured they would just fizzle out and never be heard from again. But here they are! With Working hardware and good number to show us! I'm much more interested in this technology now! Can't wait to see more what this can do!

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