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7900 GTO Single & SLI Testing on a Badaxe

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Greetings,
Right just finished some testing on 2 MSI 7900 GTO's in single and SLI config on a Badaxe motherboard with the 85.96 Modded drivers. All tests in this part were run on a [email protected]'s 1:1 400 FSB 4-4-4-12

Single card only running @ default with 91.47 drivers

3D mark 06

3DMark Score 6281 3DMarks

SM 2.0 Score 2514 Marks
SM 3.0 Score 2352 Marks
CPU Score 3080 Marks

Fear
Max Detail ( Soft Shdows Off ), no AA, 16 Ani, 1600x1200
Min 43
Avg 73
Max 156

Company of Heroes
Max Detail inc AA at 1920x1200
Min 18 Avg 38 Max 108


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SLI with modded 85.96 Drivers @ default

3D mark 06

3DMark Score 10373 3DMarks

SM 2.0 Score 4644 Marks
SM 3.0 Score 4193 Marks
CPU Score 3084 Marks


Fear
Max Detail ( Soft Shdows Off ), no AA, 16 Ani, 1600x1200
Min 82
Avg 134
Max 365

Company of Heroes
Max Detail inc AA at 1920x1200
Min 36 Avg 68.5 Max 176


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SLI Overclocked to 685/720


3D mark 06

3DMark Score 10897 3DMarks

SM 2.0 Score 4936 Marks
SM 3.0 Score 4469 Marks
CPU Score 3083 Marks

Fear
Max Detail ( Soft Shdows Off ), no AA, 16 Ani, 1600x1200
Min 82
Avg 143
Max 377



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Heres one I did with my 6600 OC to 3.8G to see how they scale in 3D mark 06



3DMark Score 10963 3DMarks

SM 2.0 Score 4911 Marks
SM 3.0 Score 4439 Marks
CPU Score 3244 Marks

http://service.futuremark.com/compare?3dm06=522751
 
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Very impressed to say the least! SLI worked amazing no hassles what so ever. Just need some profiles for the latest games. Out of all the hardware I have tested this year. X1900XT-X, X1900GT, X1900GT SLI, X1800XT, 7950GX2 this combo is the best. Its cheap, its quiet, it rocks!

Will be keeping this setup thats for sure.


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well until the next card comes out :D
 
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The Asgard said:
Single card only running @ default with 91.47 drivers

3D mark 06

3DMark Score 10373 3DMarks


SLI with modded 85.96 Drivers @ default

3D mark 06

3DMark Score 10373 3DMarks


you get the same with a single card and two in SLI?

Or have I missed something?

Don't see the point of it by your testing.
I get 10300 06 marks with my GX2

Two GTO's in Sli cost more than a GX2
I tried SLI with 7900 GTX on the 975 chipset with conroe and the cost wasn't worth it.
 
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I'm guessing a copy/paste typo... no way should SLI and single card configuration generate the same 3DMark scores.

I am very impressed with the performance of single card configuration. Your rig blows mine away though, so I'm not expecting such high scores myself...

Keep us updated :)
 
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easyrider said:
you get the same with a single card and two in SLI?

Or have I missed something?

Don't see the point of it by your testing.
I get 10300 06 marks with my GX2

Two GTO's in Sli cost more than a GX2
I tried SLI with 7900 GTX on the 975 chipset with conroe and the cost wasn't worth it.

Its a typo. The dreaded cut and paste. Updated.

Default out of the box score with a GX2 is 8300. Default on these is 10,300. The system is faster OC. I never played that much with OC but 11K would be easy I would have thought.

The cooling is far better on this setup

Quieter

If a card fails you can buy another. GX2 = Throw away

This solution is a bit cheaper than a GX2 or the same.
 
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The Asgard said:
Its a typo. The dreaded cut and paste. Updated.

Default out of the box score with a GX2 is 8300. Default on these is 10,300. The system is faster OC. I never played that much with OC but 11K would be easy I would have thought.

The cooling is far better on this setup

Quieter

If a card fails you can buy another. GX2 = Throw away

This solution is a bit cheaper than a GX2 or the same.

But if a GX2 fails I just get another.
I have the option of quad SLI where as this offers similar performance but ties up two slots.

The GX2 is quiet anyway.

plus the fact the drivers used,the hacked ones are old in the tooth now and you are stuck with them at least until someone modds another set.
 
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easyrider said:
But if a GX2 fails I just get another.
I have the option of quad SLI where as this offers similar performance but ties up two slots.

The GX2 is quiet anyway.

plus the fact the drivers used,the hacked ones are old in the tooth now and you are stuck with them at least until someone modds another set.

Qaud SLI does not work and won't work properly with DX9

Expensive option to replace a GX2

This setup is far quieter and does not dump heat into your case

Good performance with hacked drivers, newer drivers will be even better. Not had any issue with any of my games I have tried so far. Far less issues than I had with my GX2 ;)
 
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The Asgard said:
Qaud SLI does not work and won't work properly with DX9

Expensive option to replace a GX2

This setup is far quieter and does not dump heat into your case

Good performance with hacked drivers, newer drivers will be even better. Not had any issue with any of my games I have tried so far. Far less issues than I had with my GX2 ;)


I'm not going quad SLI I'm upgrading to DX 10 on release.
My GX2 is guarenteed for 10 yrs I doubt I'll have it that long lol.RMA is free should a fault arise.


TBH when using two GTX's in SLI the GX2 is not that much louder at all in fact.

I have had no issue with My GX2 so you where unlucky.
Waiting around for modded drivers also put me off.

This setup is not worth it IMO.But each to their own.
 
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The Asgard said:
Its a typo. The dreaded cut and paste. Updated.

Default out of the box score with a GX2 is 8300. Default on these is 10,300. The system is faster OC. I never played that much with OC but 11K would be easy I would have thought.

The cooling is far better on this setup

Quieter

If a card fails you can buy another. GX2 = Throw away

This solution is a bit cheaper than a GX2 or the same.

You have an absolutely lovely rig mate and those are absolutely fantastic scores but easyrider is right, a 7950 is more efficient in terms of cost and performance than your 7900GTO SLI setup. You can also RMA any card is that you don't have to throw anything away.

I am building my Conroe next week and I hope my overclock is as good as yours. :D
 
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Richdog said:
You have an absolutely lovely rig mate and those are absolutely fantastic scores but easyrider is right, a 7950 is more efficient in terms of cost and performance than your 7900GTO SLI setup. You can also RMA any card is that you don't have to throw anything away.

I am building my Conroe next week and I hope my overclock is as good as yours. :D

Cost wise there is not much in it but you do get more performance out of the box and the cooling solution is far better. I was not happy with how hot the GX2 ran especially overclocked. GX2 breaths fire into you case. This setup only cost me £240 ( special price, dont ask ) so I'm happy for now.
 
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The Asgard said:
Cost wise there is not much in it but you do get more performance out of the box and the cooling solution is far better. I was not happy with how hot the GX2 ran especially overclocked. GX2 breaths fire into you case. This setup only cost me £240 ( special price, dont ask ) so I'm happy for now.


As long as you are happy thats all that matters ;)
 
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That looks very good indeed. I'll probably get a pair myself.

I am surprised that the ram won't go further though. 720 seems lower than other people were getting and it'll certainly be bottlenecking the rest of the performance. Was that auto-detect or are you just playing it safe given the reputation of the 7900 family?
 
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The Asgard said:
Do I detect the green eyed monster :p


eh?

This is old news to me I was playing with SLI on the intel chipset a month back.

Was not impressed.

Driver restrictions etc... put me off.

The GX2 I have is fine for my needs.

What are you implying?
That i want GTO is sli?

Na seen it done it and worn the T shirt.Time to move on.
 
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Basically I can upgrade all my hardware FOC. So I never have anything for more than five minutes. I test/bench this hardware because I enjoy it but I also try to give you peeps some unbiased opions on current hardware and how they perform. It doesn't matter to me if X is better than Y because at some point I will have Y :D
 
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The Asgard said:
Basically I can upgrade all my hardware FOC. So I never have anything for more than five minutes. I test/bench this hardware because I enjoy it but I also try to give you peeps some unbiased opions on current hardware and how they perform. It doesn't matter to me if X is better than Y because at some point I will have Y :D

Indeed but having already done SLI on 975 chipset you are about a month to late. :p

I'm hoping the new DX 10's will offer me the chance to use an ATI card but by the looks of things I need a 1000 w psu in my rig to run one!
 
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easyrider said:
eh?

This is old news to me I was playing with SLI on the intel chipset a month back.

Was not impressed.

Driver restrictions etc... put me off.

The GX2 I have is fine for my needs.

What are you implying?
That i want GTO is sli?

Na seen it done it and worn the T shirt.Time to move on.

Good for you.

I'm sure some people will find it interesting even if you don't. The world does not revolve around you young Padawan contary to what you might think.
 
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