NVIDIA 3-way SLI review 3x XFX 8800 Ultra
Posted by Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 12/13/2007 02:00 PM [ 0 comment(s) ]
NVIDIA has been working really hard on the new 3-way SLI drivers, and from the look of it, this technology is here to stay. Installation is fairly easy, insert the cards, place the SLI dongle on the SLI fingers and boot into windows. After the installation is completed browse to the SLI tab in the NVIDIA control panel.
Once there, simply flag 3-way SLI and after a GPU init you should be good to go. I however, restarted the system to be sure. 3-way SLI works straight out of the box. You can configure games independently with a plethora of SLI settings (which we'll later on in another article take a peek at). Seek that in the game profiles please.
Also pretty cool, that's a lot of monitors supported eh ?
Freakish gawd ... that's a lot. Ehm, a high-end system plus three graphics cards live in action will guarantee a pretty high power consumption. It is imperative that you purchase a really fine PSU, have a peek.
Lousy photo sorry about that, but that rig is sucking in 728 Watt from your power plug when fully utilized. But we already knew that in advance didn't we. Things like these should not worry you. If it does, then 3-way SLI is not for you my man. This PC is not even overclocked, everything runs at default settings. 750-800 Watt is possible you know.
But let's move onwards to the photo shoot.
If you had a close look at the 8800 GTX & Ultra, you'd notice there's a second SLI finger (connector) and to date there has been a lot of speculation about that extra connector, to name one .. it could have been an extension for physics over a third card. The truth is often to be found in the most simple and logical solution, it was all about SLI from the get go. If you have one of these rather expensive cards you can now link up three cards and enable 3-way SLI.