nVidia GeForce GTX 680 Quad-SLI Review
Dutch website has managed to get its hands on four new GeForce GTX 680 graphics cards, and has put them to the test in a quad-SLI configuration.
The quartet scored a mind-boggling 10,850 in 3DMark 11 Extreme, besting AMD’s Radeon HD 7970 quad CrossfireX by nearly 1,000 points.
In a runthrough of Batman: Arkham City, single cards did better than their SLI and Crossfire counterparts on all tests, showing poor utilization of multiple GPUs on the part of the developers.
In a single-card mode running at high settings, the GTX 680 showed a 30 frame per second improvement over the Radeon HD 7970.
Running through Battlefield 3 gave AMD the victory, with their Triple Crossfire coming out on top and NVIDIA’s cards once again performing better in single operation (except when using multiple monitors).
Crysis 2 showed a linear progression from one through four NVIDIA cards, with scores of 77.4, 98.9, 99.7 and 99.8 frames per second respectively.
With three monitors running at ultra-high quality, the single card scored just 27 frames per second, with multiple GPUs showing dramatic improvements at 51, 62.5 and 83.3 frames per second in dual, triple and quad SLI respectively.
So the gaming performance was regularly improved by around 60 percent over a single card and the driver issues found in the quad-SLI tests were nearly non-existent.
While the standard dual-card SLI arrangement makes much more sense to us, it’s the quad-GPU setup that will bring back your long-lost sense of childlike wonder.
If you’re looking for high benchmark scores, this near-$2,000 setup is certainly a good place to start.