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CrossFireX vs. SLI


Our evaluation today is going to consist of comparing the latest AMD and NVIDIA high-end video cards in a multi-GPU configuration. We are going to compare GeForce GTX 580 SLI, GeForce GTX 570 SLI, Radeon HD 6970 CrossFireX and Radeon HD 6950 CrossFireX. In order to put these video card combinations to the test, we need to test at higher resolutions, in a configuration that will benefit these technologies. We are going to test in AMD Eyefinity and NVIDIA NV Surround resolutions. We are using three Dell 2408WFP displays to run at 5760x1200 or 5040x1050 depending on what is playable.

We of course need to be very careful about what drivers we are using, we have made sure to use the latest possible drivers for this evaluation. For the AMD video cards we are using Catalyst 10.12a Hotfix driver, which was the recommended by AMD driver to use for this testing. We also have the latest Catalyst Application Profile 10.12 installed. For the NVIDIA video cards we are using the new ForceWare 266.35 Beta driver.

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Mods: Feel free to merge this with the respective official threads if you see fit. I made a separate post since this is a comparison of the two sets of new cards, rather than this single manufacturer or that being the focus of the review.
Edited by parityboy - 1/12/11 at 12:46am
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Its a shame they don't compare single monitor high resolutions.
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Its a shame they didn't compare single monitor high resolutions.
fixed i'm surprised they didn't this time as well. still a very good review with the latest drivers of both sides.

i hope people will read the review and notice the changing in settings. hardocp likes to find the best optimal setting for the gpu in question. don't look at just the scores or you will be fooled.
Edited by soilentblue - 1/11/11 at 8:03pm
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The extra memory on the ATI cards seems to pay off at higher resolutions quite well.
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I can't exactly spit this to the official threads since it's only one article... so I'll leave it as is.
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wow i cant believe they superb in xfire!!! is that good on 68xx?
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fixed i'm surprised they didn't this time as well. still a very good review with the latest drivers of both sides.

i hope people will read the review and notice the changing in settings. hardocp likes to find the best optimal setting for the gpu in question. don't look at just the scores or you will be fooled.
I noticed that on Mafia II (Physx should have been off for nVidia.)

Although I knew the performance was comparable, I find it somewhat misleading because to get that performance level from the 6970/6950s, you need to be utilizing multiple monitors.

I mean its great that the ATi cards run so well at that res, most people don't use/have Eyefinity. Every comparison & review has been like this. Using resolutions that obviously go beyond the memory capacity of the Geforce cards. I don't have a problem with that, I am no fanboy, but I get this feeling like they are doing this on purpose, I just don't know why.
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I noticed that on Mafia II (Physx should have been off for nVidia.)

Although I knew the performance was comparable, I find it somewhat misleading because to get that performance level from the 6970/6950s, you need to be utilizing multiple monitors.

I mean its great that the ATi cards run so well at that res, most people don't use/have Eyefinity. Every comparison & review has been like this. Using resolutions that obviously go beyond the memory capacity of the Geforce cards. I don't have a problem with that, I am no fanboy, but I get this feeling like they are doing this on purpose, I just don't know why.
if you float around hardforum you will notice that it's the land of big resolutions. on hardforum it's a very useful review. here it seems where 1920x1080 is king........not so much. it's also why alot of people here call amd's 6900 series a failure and they say success.

if you wanted to relate that review to single monitor setups then amd catches nvidia where AA gets raised above the normal 2x or 4x. eyefinity is alot more widely used than you may realize.
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fixed i'm surprised they didn't this time as well. still a very good review with the latest drivers of both sides.

i hope people will read the review and notice the changing in settings. hardocp likes to find the best optimal setting for the gpu in question. don't look at just the scores or you will be fooled.
HardOCP lists an "Apples-to-Apples" comparison at the bottom of each page, where they actually show the scores using the same settings on all GPUs.


I can't wait for optimized 6900 series drivers!
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I noticed that on Mafia II (Physx should have been off for nVidia.)

Although I knew the performance was comparable, I find it somewhat misleading because to get that performance level from the 6970/6950s, you need to be utilizing multiple monitors.

I mean its great that the ATi cards run so well at that res, most people don't use/have Eyefinity. Every comparison & review has been like this. Using resolutions that obviously go beyond the memory capacity of the Geforce cards. I don't have a problem with that, I am no fanboy, but I get this feeling like they are doing this on purpose, I just don't know why.
One GTX580 can play anything @ 1200p. Why spend 1K in GPU to get 100fps + in games? Reason right now for multi- GPU is if you run multiple monitors. Just like SLI and CFX are only for the elite same goes for 3 monitor setup.
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