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Continuation: Intel Core i7 with 3-way SLI and Quad-Crossfire reviewed

Intel Core i7 with 3-way SLI and Quad-Crossfire reviewed
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Intel Core i7 with 3-way SLI and Quad-Crossfire reviewed
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Core i7 with 3-way SLI/Quad-Crossfire: Conclusion
Intel's Core i7 processors offer such big performance capabilities that a graphics card appears as a chock block. Not without three or even four graphics cards the Nehalem shows its true face and also outpaces the QX9770. Conversely this means that multiple high-end graphics cards benefit from the extremely fast CPU.

While Nehalem is absolutely convincing, the results in regards of 3-way SLI and Quad-Crossfire is not equally positive - even if you don't take the immense costs and the loudness into account. Multiple GPUs offer a great 3D performance with almost perfect visual quality indeed, but especially the target group might be annoyed by micro stuttering and input lags.

If you don't mind all those problems, just do it. In defiance of all the disadvantages it's a unique feeling to play Crysis at 2,560 x 1,600 in "Gamer” settings smoothly.

Author: Marc Sauter (Nov 07, 2008)

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Ar.Pi Re: Intel Core i7 with 3-way SLI and Quad-Crossfire reviewed
Senior Member
13.11.2008 05:54
If Lucid's Hydra 100 actually will work the way they say it works then its going to change a lot.

You will be able to buy 2 low-mid range card and improve performance X2. That would be insane
I wonder what this would mean for high end GPU's, they'll have to make unique features other than performance benefit to draw the crowd...

I have doubt it works "as advertised" though.

On topic: great scale for i7. Need only to drop prices on these and i'm sold.
lagathy Re: Intel Core i7 with 3-way SLI and Quad-Crossfir...
Senior Member
10.11.2008 20:52
Another interesting article...for me,the benefits of tri-sli really seem to be very slim,but this is pretty much common knowledge,and the only games which should theoretically benefit from 3 280's,such as crysis 1 and 2 are such monstrous hardware hogs(you really have to wonder when,with a ludicrously powerful setup consisting of the fastest cpu currently available and 3 of the fastest single gpu card solutions currently available in cohort,you are plumming the absolute depths of fps at maximum resolution,with only 2x fsaa and dx9) that you're simply better off waiting for a couple of yrs if you wish to be able to even attempt to max them out.
im still pinning my hopes on Lucid's hydra 100 though lol.

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