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.