NVIDIA 3-Way SLI Performance Preview

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NVIDIA has been the forerunner in multi-GPU rendering for a long time now.  With years of maturity and performance tuning, their SLI technology has shown very strong scaling when chaining a pair of GPUs together to tackle the 3D graphics processing workload.  We’ve seen quad-SLI on mid-range GPUs previously with NVIDIA’s GeForce 7950 GX2 but what about three GeForce 8800 Ultra cards strapped in under the hood?  
 
Green-friendly, eco-minded, tree-huggers or those of you with weak constitutions for that matter; look away.  This might not be for you.  Put the kids to bed early - NVIDIA's 3-Way SLI is in the house.  We'll show you exactly what it can and can't do for you, next.

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jtm55 replied on Thu, Dec 13 2007 6:10 PM

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Wow! It's the stuff dreams are made of. 3 GeForce 8800 Ultra cards in tandem! You've got to have some very deep pockets to buy, not to mention run a Setup like that. Very good review, you Guys have placed facts of Performance & the Cost Running a Rig like that for all to see. Not for the faint of Heart or Wallet. My mind Boggled when I saw the Power draw.  806 Watts, that's just staggering. All I can say is if you can afford to Buy & Run a Rig like that you are truly Blessed.

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Dave_HH replied on Fri, Dec 14 2007 12:35 PM
Thanks JT! It's a beast for sure but a powerful beast at that. ;-)

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3 ultras couldn't break 16,000 on 3Dmark 06... bunk! I'd be willing to bet that the D9E will break 16k easy... and all that power in a single card vs. a cumbersome, power guzzling 3 card set-up.

For people who use Benjis to wipe their butts it may be an option... for the rest of us however it is but a dream!!!

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I can't even imagine having standard SLI...yes I'm not willing to dish out the funds, maybe when I'm done with college, but by then we will probably be running rigs with multiple gpus on one card. 

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jtm55 replied on Tue, Dec 18 2007 8:18 PM

 Hi All,

I feel you! I've got to believe that 3 way SLI won't be a big seller, at least not the high end Graphics cards. Maybe with the Boutique Custom OEM's 3 way SLI will be big.

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a tad overkill but what ever, i think a few might have it. im still waiting for the 9000 series cards to come out... :(

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jtm55 replied on Wed, Dec 19 2007 10:58 PM

 Hi All,

Isn't Nvidia supposed to be releasing the 9000 series cards early next year? 

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