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Multi-GPU World Tour Part II: GPUs

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DougEdey 12th July 2006, 21:55 Quote
It's a great article and idea and everything, and I understand why each website wants to host their own content (more traffic/readers)

But I don't like the layout of the penstarsys website, it makes my eyes hurt and is very hard to read.

SOrry, I'm in a bitching mood at the moment.
Fr4nk 12th July 2006, 22:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by DougEdey
It's a great article and idea and everything, and I understand why each website wants to host their own content (more traffic/readers)

But I don't like the layout of the penstarsys website, it makes my eyes hurt and is very hard to read.

SOrry, I'm in a bitching mood at the moment.
I agree the layout seems abit naff but the read was good, nice work Tim ;) Also was that the Sapphire RD480 Crossfire board you had the X1900's in ?
Tim S 12th July 2006, 22:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by Fr4nk
I agree the layout seems abit naff but the read was good, nice work Tim ;) Also was that the Sapphire RD480 Crossfire board you had the X1900's in ?
Nah, the board that I took the pictures in was the AM2 reference 'Sturgeon' motherboard - it's RD580/SB600 based. ;)
r4tch3t 12th July 2006, 22:26 Quote
Good article, Hopefully will help me decide on what GFX to get for a temp thing untill I build a proper system.
I agree with DougEdey about the layout of thier site. One of the main reasons Bit is better is the layout.
I must have missed a few articles during the time I had no internet, as I thought all X-fire cards no longer used the dongle thing.
By any chance does the rendering chip on the master cards boast any performance gains over SLI, due to taking any load off the GPU? If so how much?
Lazlow 12th July 2006, 22:41 Quote
I like the idea of collaboration for this article. Getting a few big guns together is a great idea for bigger reviews. Will we be seeing more like this in the future? Or is this a one-off?
Ramble 12th July 2006, 23:55 Quote
Interesting idea.

Although, I hate you for wanting me to spend more money, I only have £2.92 in the bank. :(
Nature 13th July 2006, 02:19 Quote
How far away would you say a 512 bit memory interface is for Vid cards?
Tim S 13th July 2006, 08:11 Quote
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How far away would you say a 512 bit memory interface is for Vid cards?
IMHO, it's a long way away - the pin density would be double what it is on a 256-bit card (and the density of pins on the back of the GPU packaging is already pretty dense). :)
Tim S 13th July 2006, 08:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by Lazlow
I like the idea of collaboration for this article. Getting a few big guns together is a great idea for bigger reviews. Will we be seeing more like this in the future? Or is this a one-off?
It depends how it goes this time around - it's a huge time drain to get everyone together and to get enough kit to support the entire article. We'll probably have a post-mortem at the end of the article series :)
bahgger 13th July 2006, 09:11 Quote
Great article, is it not Guru3D who will be concluding the entire thing though? You wrote that NeoSeeker was doing that.
yahooadam 13th July 2006, 09:20 Quote
its going to be an interesting article

however, as you have kind of pointed out in the article, a long publication like this is kind of flawed, as by the time you've spent 3 months (wasn't it something like that ?) doing all this, prices and hardware have changed, so what was bleeding edge or whatever at the time, may now only be high end stuff

Still I'm interested in this, I've never really thought multi GPU was worth the money (or hassle due to profiles)
Tim S 13th July 2006, 10:29 Quote
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Great article, is it not Guru3D who will be concluding the entire thing though? You wrote that NeoSeeker was doing that.
I think we said that Guru3D was finishing things off?

Fake EDIT: whoops, I see what you mean... late night paste error - fixed :)
gmarappledude 14th July 2006, 11:55 Quote
The spec for the middle $2000 system matches mine very closely, same mobo, same cpu, same ram spec. So this will make interesting reading. The trouble is my system cost >£2000 and some of the kit is now getting old as I bought the parts separately as they came out, I have two 7800GTs as the 7900GTs weren't out at the time. This will make a large difference I guess. :( The key here, never buy anything expecting it to stay current.
automagsrock 15th July 2006, 10:32 Quote
Reading all of that made me jealous. If I could have $500 US for a system I'd be happy.

Looking forward to updates!! ;)
Callum 16th July 2006, 13:01 Quote
I was wondering about the article that was meant to appear on Friday at Bjorn3D? It apparently isn't there...

Anything you can tell us about it? Or is it a problem at their end?
Tim S 16th July 2006, 18:03 Quote
It has been published today ;)
sadffffff 17th July 2006, 01:12 Quote
they seem too long winded to me. i cant get into them.
Pookeyhead 17th July 2006, 07:53 Quote
Good articles! It should clear up a few questions that regularly get asked in the forums. ;)
r4tch3t 17th July 2006, 23:50 Quote
Overall, it is a good article, however there are a few things like

Grammer Page 7
The AN8 32X got 2 more USB-ports

Spelling Page 8
not only in CMOs
better fitering ccircuit
while the memory must runt at 2T

These are just little things, and they sometimes happen here, but it gets pointed out and changed, especially if the article has been up that long.
Wouldn't get basic mistakes like those on Bit, another reason I prefer Bit-tech.
Tim S 18th July 2006, 16:23 Quote
I think that's a bit harsh on Bjorn3D - I bet your Swedish isn't as good as their English. ;)
r4tch3t 18th July 2006, 18:05 Quote
Yes I do believe it is a bit harsh, I was meaning that those are just little things, that dont detract too much from the overall site. However the article is good and thier site layout is quite well done. Nothing against them. And no I know no any Swedish.
Tim S 19th July 2006, 21:43 Quote
part four has been released: http://www.hardinfo.com/show.asp?page=6741
DougEdey 19th July 2006, 22:41 Quote
That site is clearly not designed to be used in Firefox, the side menu kept moving around between pages.

Massive difference between the mid and low end systems though.

And on the high end, basically if you run HUGE res, go ATi
BioSniper 20th July 2006, 16:53 Quote
WTF happened in the quake 4 benches though? Nvidia 109FPS, ATI 20fps?
It doesnt seem to make any sense. I guess that ATI's cards just cont cope with the engine as well as it should or a driver issue or something is holding it back.
Tim S 20th July 2006, 17:00 Quote
the X1900GT CrossFire drivers are a hotfix/beta driver - there is no other way to enable CrossFire in the $600 price bracket with products that haven't been discontinued.
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