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SLI Tests: FarCry v1.31 & Doom 3

Benchmarks & Comparisons with FarCry v1.31 - SLI
DX9 Effects Galore.

Far Cry
If you've been on top of the gaming scene recently, you probably know that Far Cry is one of the most visually impressive games to be released on the PC to date.  Although Doom 3 and Half Life 2 have both arrived, Far Cry still looks great in comparison, especially with the new v1.3 patch installed and some special effects turned on. Far Cry came along and gave us a taste of what was to come in next-generation 3D gaming on the PC.  We benchmarked the NF4 SLI systems in this review with a custom-recorded demo at a resolution of 1,600x1,200 with 4X AA enabled along with 8X anisotropic filtering. The default pixel shader code path was used.

% Improvement Intel = 51.5%     |     % Improvement AMD = 40.9%

With our custom FarCry benchmark, the nForce 4 SLI AMD Edition finished the test with the highest framerates in both the single-GPU and SLI tests, but the nForce 4 SLI Intel Edition posted a larger performance improvement.

Benchmarks & Comparisons with Doom 3 - SLI
Dual 6800GTs 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.)

% Improvement Intel = 80.7%     |     % Improvement AMD = 78.1%

Our custom multi-player Doom 3 demo ran equally well on both nForce 4 SLI platforms. The AMD based system posted marginally higher frame rates when configured to run in either SLI mode or single-GPU mode, but again the nForce 4 SLI Intel Edition gained more performance by adding in the second 6800 GT.

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