ECS GeForce 9800 GTX+ Hydra SLI is kit that contains two modified GeForce 9800GTX+ and a water-cooling kit. Guru3D got this kit and has published a 16-page review: ECS GeForce 9800 GTX+ Hydra SLI Review.
I like the ease of use, easy installation and the cooling performance.
But the kit is really efficient, cools pretty fantastic and as a result, though you now have two cards rendering your games, you can even overclock with a very healthy safety margin.
My favorite game at this very moment is Mass Effect. I play it at 2560×1600 with the image quality settings as defined in this review. With one GTX+ card still averages at 37 frames per second (which already is bloody nice for the money), however with that second GTX+ added I end up at an average FPS of 70. It is an excellent modern title that shows Multi-GPU gaming potential so well with. And that’s where you need to seek the true benefit, modern games.
If time is money, this article will save money your money: if you don’t have the time to research among the huge amount of reviews and benchmarks across the web, or if you don’t feel confident enough in your ability to make the right decision, this guide is for you.
Tom’s Hardware Guide has come to your aid with a simple list of the best gaming cards offered for the money:
- best PCI Express card: $0 to $130
- best PCI Express card: $150 to $300
- best PCI Express card: $350 to $500
For example in the range of 350$ to 500$, Tom’s Hardware recommends 2 radeon HD 4850 in Crossfire instead of one GeForce GTX 280. But if you have already a SLI motherboard, the best choice is 2 GeForce 9800 GTX in SLI.
Read the complete article here: Best Video Cards For The Money: August ’08
Guru3D has tested the NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+ in SLI.
Read the complete review HERE.
So then, for roughly 350 EUR / 400 USD you get to play around with a grand amount of performance, there’s just no denying that. In retrospective two of these cards will beat the GeForce GTX 280, pretty easily actually
When we purely focus at the 9800 GTX+ SLi scaling, we then see that after 1600×1200 SLI kicks in very well. In the situations where you get really GPU bound you’ll notice your performance nearly doubly up, and that’s just very decent performance. But that is the denominator in the back of my mind, you need to play your games above a resolution of 1600×1200 for SLi to kick in hard and to be able to witness that return of your investment. Well, that or playing Crysis actually 🙂
The NVIDIA GTX 280 is easily the fastest gaming GPU at the moment and we thought we’d find out how well it does in a dual card setup. From past experiences, we’ve seen that SLI or Crossfire add quite a bit of overhead (SLI especially) and doubling the GPUs certainly doesn’t result in doubling the performance- far from it actually. We already had nVidia’s reference card and thus, when we received the ASUS GeForce GTX 280, we wanted to see how fast can it get with an SLI setup.
Read the complete review HERE.
As expected, the drivers aren’t quite ready for SLI. Games like ET: Quake Wars and Half Life 2 Episode 2 perform worse in an SLI setup on the GTX 280 than with a single card.
Conclusion- At the moment, a single GTX 280 is a much better option that two. With driver optimizations, this could change but certainly not for now.
GeForce… GTX… 280… so many reviews theses last two days. Where is ATI? Hope with the launch of Radeon HD 4870 we’ll assist to the revenge of Radeon reviews! Anyway, here is a 14-page review by Guru3D about the SLI of GTX 280 in Two and Tri Way.
Read the complete review HERE.
Guru3D’s test system contains a Core 2 Duo X6800 Extreme Processor, the nForce 680i mainboard, a passive water-cooling solution on the CPU, DVD-rom and a WD Raptor drive. The results:
* PC in Idle = 197 Watt
* PC 100% usage (wattage gaming Peak) = 530 Watt (SLI)
* PC 100% usage (wattage gaming Peak) = 749 Watt (3-way SLI)
Alright, the conclusion really doesn’t need to be very long. Money wise high-end SLI and 3-way SLI doesn’t make much sense, and it never will. It’s bragging rights, and only for very few of you with a 30″ monitor actually a wish. See, the GeForce GTX 280 by itself already is a power house.
Because the fact remains that when you factor the money out, the SLI setup as tested today is just an awful frickin lot of fun. I mean playing Call of Duty 4 at 2560×1600 with 4xAA and every possible image quality setting set to the highest possible setting returns an average framerate of nearing 80 with SLI; that will make you laugh a little giggly. Once firing 3-way SLI and to play the game at the same setting at near 110 FPS .. you’ll giggle again, yet in a weird girlish gay kind of way, it surely is fun folks. No doubt about it.
Researchers at the University of Antwerp in Belgium have created a new supercomputer with standard gaming hardware. The system uses four NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GX2 graphics cards, it costs less than 4000EUR to build and thanks to NVIDIA’s CUDA technology it delivers roughly the same performance as a supercomputer cluster consisting of hundreds of PCs!
The guys explain the eight NVIDIA GPUs deliver the same performance as more than 300 Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz processors.
Another interesting note is that this system doesn’t need SLI, their application uses the NVIDIA CUDA programming model which makes all eight GPUs work in parallel.
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[English]NVIDIA’s triple SLI reviewed at t-break[/English]
[French]La solution triple SLI de NVIDIA testé chez t-break.[/French]
Scaling from one GPU to two doesn’t necessarily result in doubling the performance as we’ve seen in countless SLI and Crossfire articles. But what happens when you add a third GPU to the mix? That is what we’re going to find out today by putting three 9800GTX SLI cards together.
So at the moment, Triple SLI might only be worth for people with displays capable of extremely high resolutions- we’re talking 30″ LCDs here. For everyone else including a high-end gamer that plays at 1920×1200 with 4X AA, your standard dual card SLI is more than capable and the scaling of Triple SLI is not required.