Skulltrail - XFX GTX 280 XXX 3-Way SLi /4870X2 CFx

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  1. HardwareHeaven

    HardwareHeaven Administrator Staff Member

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    Read the article Here
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    Even though comparisons will be made, our intention is not to directly compare ATI against Nvidia in this article, but more to see how both leading ultimate solutions will run on a system which should in theory be less CPU bound than most. To further downplay the side effects of the two Quad processors affecting the results, we have watercooled both CPU's and overclocked them to 4.4ghz (a 1.2ghz overclock @ 400x11). This will let both graphics solutions stretch their legs as much as possible at the highest resolutions.
     
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    Liqourice Well-Known Member

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    First notice.

    How can the AVG be higher than the MAX? :)

    Race Driver and WIC
     
  3. HardwareHeaven

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    it cant be, they are transposed in flash, ill correct that. sorry, long night !
     
  4. Chaos

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    interesting read Z, i guess the beta bios and drivers from Nvidia came a long way since i thought that SLI with the 280 was not doable until recently on Skulltrail
     
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    Yeah. the good thing is, the bios was just released publically as well, which should help the.... erm.... 30 people who have it ? :p

    Both solutions work well really considering the limited market Skulltrail has. The cost really is hard to justify overall however. a really high end Quad core enthusiast system overclocked is much better value for money. Still I thought it was intereresting to tackle.
     
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    Trusteft HH's Asteroids' Dominator

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    Very interesting and a tough choise to make, if you have the money. Go for the ATI cards that have way too high temperatures to feel comfortable, or go for the Nvidia cards that though can run cooler they recently have some bad rep regarding how the handle heat.
    I wonder if the fans on the ATI cards actualy run at 100% at any point.

    The system looks like the best reason to get watercooling even without any overclocking.

    It also shows, in my view, how bad Crysis is. By bad i don't mean good.

    Good review once again.
     
  7. HardwareHeaven

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    Actually we have been in talks with ATI about the poor fan management (ask Spyre). The tool I linked on the last page allows for manual fan adjustments and its a wise idea to crank the fans a little to lower the temps.
     
  8. Alex

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    I am well impressed with both sets of results. Not sure any average joe could afford either, although ive read on a few forums that the people who want skulltrail cant even get the motherboards or processors anyway.
     
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    I would love this system. I cant get the motherboard or processors anywhere. the graphics cards are easy enough. ive been trying to get skulltrail for months now :(
     
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    kris23 Going Insane.....

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    so you DID get it out today, sweet....
     
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    kris23 Going Insane.....

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    holy lord Jesus thats alot of FPS......
     
  12. Resurrection

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    Dear Zardon,

    Would you consider lifting your multi-GPU-testing-skirts and giving us a gander at some of the saucy data underneath ?

    Specifically, I was wondering if there is a graph (uber-Zardon-Flash-enabled or regular JPG)...

    ...which shows the scalability of moving from 1 to 2 to 3 to 4 ATI 4870 Cores...

    ...and - separately - the same thing for 1-2-3 GTX cores

    That'd REALLY be the kind of authoratative 'should we shouldn't we' upgrade info for many customer - and we'd luv ya for it ;)
     
  13. HardwareHeaven

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    Ah what I would do with another 24 hours everyday :)

    Good idea just not feasible on a time basis right now. maybe one for a future project........ although I hear Intel are bringing out something new *cough* and smokin shortly so maybe best waiting for that .........
     
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    good work z!!!! i wish i could get me a skulltrail but couldnt afford that..
     
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    Imagine a tri 280 x2 setup!
     
  16. RobertBruce

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    Jesus that is freakin amazing. The requirement for buffered memory is just strange. You'd think they'd KNOW that'll slow down everything else.
     
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    I just knew before I went into this review that I was going to hate it, but not quite as much as I ended up hating it :(

    I feel humbled, I just managed to get my system running crysis at 1290x960 at all high settings, I read this and this system is hammering mine at 1920x1200 all very high.

    Yeah, we can all justify the cost, and say "wow I wouldnt pay that", but you know if I had a few grand burning a hole in my pocket I would. Thats how much I love my games.
     
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    A few grand? lol, the processors in that system ALONE are a few grand. then another £400 for the motherboard, £600 for the ram, £600 for the hard drives, £1100 for the graphics cards, £130 for the PSU, £300 for the watercooling.

    Yeah its a few grand alright, just not maybe the 2k you were thinking :p
     
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    you can always use Xeons in skulltrail...
     

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