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Crossfire vs SLI Performance Comparison Review

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3DMark06 is one of the benchmarks that always comes up when a bragging contest is begun. 3DMark06 presents a severe test for many of today's hardware components. Let's see how this setup fares. The settings we will use are listed below.



  • SM2.0 Graphics Tests: GT1- Return to Proxycon, GT2- Firefly Forest
  • CPU Tests: Cpu1- Red Valley, CPU2- Red Valley
  • HDR/SM3.0 Graphics Tests: HDR1- Canyon Flight, HDR2- Deep Freeze















Higher Scores = Better Performance


The ATI cards have a strong showing in 3DMark06, with the HD 4870x2 and 4850x2 CrossFireX combinations, beating out the GTX 295 Quad SLI setup, as well as the dual GPU card testing at the 1920x1200 level. The GTX 285 and GTX 260 dual GPU setups are beaten at the 1920x1200 level as well. At 2560x1600, the performance differential shrinks between the GTX 295 and HD 4870x2 single card setups. The GTX 295 is the highest scoring in the standard multi-GPU class, outperforming the HD 4890 and HD 4870 1GB overclocked card from Sapphire at the 2560x1600 level.

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