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Review: CrossFire and SLI dongle-less / bridgeless performance analysis

by Steve Kerrison on 18 September 2006, 09:11

Tags: ATi Technologies (NYSE:AMD)

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Performance: Splinter Cell

Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory

Things get really interesting with Splinter Cell.


While SLI takes an 18% performance hit without a bridge, it seems either dongled CrossFire doesn't perform as well as it should, or losing the dongle doesn't impact game performance much.


The performance gap tightens with HDR enabled, but the overall shape of the graph remains the same, with CrossFire's mysterious performance indifference.


Upping the ante hits the FPS, but the outcome in terms of performance positioning remains the same, just as one might anticipate.


Same story with HDR on, although note how close CrossFire performance is to that of the 7950 GX2, NVIDIA's card soldiering through HDR rather nicely. X1950 XTX is up there with the multi-GPU solutions too... something worth noting!

Some interesting results, then. They provide us what we expected to see and also what we didn't quite expect. Beard-stroking time...