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Old 01-15-09, 08:33 PM   #4
Amaury
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Default Re: Fastest setup? Quad SLI GTX 295 or Tri SLI GTX 285

I was wrong. I compared guru3d's reviews of both quad-sli 295 vs tri-sli 285.

Far Cry 2 2560x1600 8xAA 16xAF HQ DX10. Quad 295 68fps, Tri 285 71fps
COD WAW 2560x1600 4xAA 16xAF HQ. Quad 295 92fps, Tri 285 90fps
Brother in Arms HH 2560x1600 HQ. Quad 295 79fps, Tri 285 81fps
Crysis Warhead 1920x1200 2xAA 16xAF DX10 HQ. Quad 295 58 fps, Dual 285 71fps
Mass Effect 2560x1600 HQ. Quad 295 181 fps, Tri 285 152fps
Fallout 3 2560x1600 8xAA HQ. Quad 295 91fps, Tri 285 92fps
Dead Space 2560x1600 4xAA HQ. Quad 295 256fps, Tri 285 243fps
Left 4 Dead 2560x1600 8xAA 16xAF HQ. Quad 295 93fps, Tri 285 110fps
3dmark Vantage GPU score: Quad 295 27,940 pts Tri 285 29,580 pts

Power: Quad 295 TDP 289 watts x 2 = 578, Tri 285 TDP 183 watts x 3 = 549
Price: Quad 295 $500 x 2 $1000, Tri 285 $380 x 3 = $1140.

Why didn't Guru3d test Crysis Warhead with Tri 285 rather than dual or was that a typo at 1920x1200? 2560x1600 is still unplayable.

Interesting to know which setup produces the least amount of microstuttering, if at all. To me, it seems having the chips share the workload right on the card's pcb rather than through the motherboard's pci-x slots would produce less stuttering?
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