Quad SLI part deux: Build It Yourself

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  1. Tim S

    Tim S Well-Known Member

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    HandMadeAndroid That's handy.

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    :hip: introducing the XR3i pocket calculator
     
  3. Flibblebot

    Flibblebot Smile with me

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    I'm just shocked at the thought of a 1kW PSU...:eeek:...truly in the realms of electric fires!
     
  4. Tim S

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    Gamers using Quad SLI are responsible for global warming. :D
     
  5. vacheron

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    Very interesting read, thank you. :)

    Just joined the club myself today thanks to craigey1's tipoff in the bargain bin forum a few days ago. :D
     
  6. EK-MDi

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    Good review :thumb:!

    I don't care how fast they manage to get these things, and how easily I can afford it, I would still never buy a Quad SLi setup. They're just too unenvironmentally friendly, and my electricity bill will go up the roof (not that I pay for it).
     
  7. Paradigm Shifter

    Paradigm Shifter de nihilo nihil fit

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    Nice work. :D

    Could I ask if you've got any results of the system with SLI disabled? Or just one 7950 in it, if disabling SLI disables the cards' internal SLI... (So just one 7950 pushing the image...)

    I'm wonder exactly how much of an effect that has - whether it's still drivers that just aren't quite right yet (brings back memories of two GPU SLI in the early days...) or whether having four GPU's cracking away at lower clocks isn't as efficient as two at higher clocks...
     
  8. Tim S

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    I haven't, but I may do some 2560x1600 benchmarks with a GX2 if I've got the chance over the weekend.
     
  9. Paradigm Shifter

    Paradigm Shifter de nihilo nihil fit

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    Ah, grand! That would be fantastic. :D
     
  10. Fr4nk

    Fr4nk Tyrannosaurus Alan !

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    you sure you don't mean 7900 GTX ? ^^

    Also:
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    on the third collumn at the bottom it says it reccomends one GPU @ 1024*768 but how the hell is 8xAA possible with one GPU ?:eyebrow:

    But enough bone picking, I'm still not quite sure about quad SLi, it still seems way too over the top, power hungry and there isn't that much differance compared to 7900 GTX's in SLi with a decent 500-600W PSU behind, 1KW just seems daft IMO... Still was a good read none the less :)
     
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    yahooadam <span style="color:#f00;font-weight:bold">Ultra cs

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    on my x1900xt i run at 1680x1050 8x AA 16x AF and it works fine, still well over 100fps in all source games ...
     
  12. Tim S

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    Fr4nk - NVIDIA supports 8xSSAA on all hardware since GeForce FX. ;)

    yahooadam - ATI supports a maximum of 6xMSAA with a single card.
     
  13. Vonpo

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    I think Tim is right, Quad SLi is a little bit before its time. But still I believe that Quad-SLi could work great as a workstation, no? or maybe not? :D

    Anyways when Quad-SLi will be using Dx 10 hardware and all the problems are solved, I'll buy it.
     
  14. Tulatin

    Tulatin The Froggy Poster

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    Eh, why did you waste time on DDR2-6400? It would have done you better to drop to CAS-4, and push for 1:2 with the FSB; that is, if the board has the ratio. Also, does that board support 1T/2T adjustments for Intel?
     
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    yahooadam <span style="color:#f00;font-weight:bold">Ultra cs

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    well it depends what you are doing really

    yes it could be an advantage, but ATM the cost of getting 4gfx cards is a little high ...

    with some software work you could probably split the graphics work over multiple computers instead
     
  16. Firehed

    Firehed Why not? I own a domain to match.

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    Holy lord Tim, that's a big mousepad! I suppose you'd need something that big to go with a 30" display for testing though. You make my 24" cry.

    I'd say that chart nVidia made needs a bit of work. I don't imagine many single cards running well ath 2560x1600, but I've run several games at 1920x1200 4xAA 8xAF (or HDR w/ AF) quite playably on my single 7900GT.
     
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    what I really don't understand with this article, is why you only plumped for 1gb memory? Crazyness to be honest. 2gb is the norm these days, with a system as specced as that, I'd have probably stuck 4gb in there. But to go with 1gb is just plain madness. Total bottleneck and doesn't allow for an accurate article in my book.
     
  18. Tim S

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    There was 2GB installed - it says multiple times in the article........ :rolleyes:

     
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    yahooadam <span style="color:#f00;font-weight:bold">Ultra cs

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    yep, it said you took OUT the 512mb sticks and replaced them with 1gb sticks so you could run in 1t mode :eyebrow:
     
  20. [USRF]Obiwan

    [USRF]Obiwan New Member

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    Sooooo....

    The final conclusion is:

    - Dont buy a large powerhungry PSU.
    - Dont buy quad SLI. (Infact dont buy any SLI videocard)

    Your current videocart works fine, save your money for the next gen dx10 cards. This would proberly make any sli config obsolete...
     
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