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SLI Performance: 3DMark05 & Doom 3

Lastly, we ran 3DMark05 and Doom 3 with all three of these NF4 SLI boards outfitted with a pair of GeForce 6600 GTs configured in SLI mode.  Please note, that in all of the previous tests, we were using a single GeForce 6800 GT.

Performance Comparisons with 3DMark05- SLI
Futuremark's Latest - The Jury is Still Out...

3DMark05
3DMark05 is the latest installment in a long line of synthetic 3D graphics benchmarks, dating back to late 1998.  3DMark99 came out in October 1998 and was followed by the very popular DirectX 7 benchmark, 3DMark2000, roughly two years later.  The DirectX 8.1-compliant 3DMark2001 was released shortly thereafter, and it too was a very popular tool used by many hardcore gamers.  3DMark03, however, wasn't quite as well received thanks in no small part to the disapproval of graphics giant NVIDIA.  With 3DMark05, though, Futuremark hopes to win back some of its audience with a very advanced DirectX 9 benchmarking tool.  We ran 3DMark05's default test (1,024 x 768) on all of the cards we tested and have the overall results for you posted below.

All three of the motherboards showed a huge increase in performance in 3DMark05 when running in SLI mode with a pair of GeForce 6600 GTs.  The DFI board once again posted the highest score, followed by the MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI and then the Gigabyte K8NXP-SLI.

Benchmarks & Comparisons with Doom 3 - SLI
Dual 6600GTs in Action!

Doom 3
id Software's games have long been pushing the limits of 3D graphics.  Quake, Quake 2, and Quake 3 were all instrumental in the success of 3D accelerators on the PC.  Now, years later, with virtually every new desktop computer shipping with a 3D accelerator, id is at it again with the release of the visually stunning Doom 3.  Doom 3 is an OpenGL based game that uses extremely high-detailed textures and a ton of dynamic lighting and shadows.  We ran this benchmark using a custom timedemo with Doom 3 set to its "High-Quality" mode, at a resolution of 1,600 x 1,200 with 4X anti-aliasing and 8X anisotropic filtering both enabled at the same time.  (Note: Doom 3 enabled 8X anisotropic filtering automatically when set to "High Quality" in the game's control panel.)

Doom 3 also benefited greatly from the added horsepower offered by adding in a second GeForce 6600 GT. The DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR, yet again, posted the highest score of the bunch, but in Doom 3 the Gigabyte board was able to sneak past the MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI.  Looking at the results on this page, it seems that all three of these boards are equally adept at handling a pair of SLI enabled graphics cards.


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