Since the Intel P67 is a brand new chipset, we decided to change a few things up in our testing. The next two pages are all about the scaling of multiple GPU’s in our systems. First off, we are going to test how well the P67 chipset scales multiple NVIDIA cards. In order to do this we contacted our friends over at GALAXY and they were kind enough to send over a pair of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 1Gb graphics cards that are available in a two card SLI kit.
The BIOSTAR TP67XE did a great job at both resolutions. At 1280×1024 the BIOSTAR TP67XE jumped from 35.8 frames per second up to 67.6 frames per second. That is an improvement of 88.8%. At 1280×1024 our best performing board, the GIGABYTE P67A-UD4, saw a gain of 92.
The BIOSTAR TP67XE kept up will all of our Intel P67 motherboards, at least in single card configuration. At 1280×1024 the BIOSTAR TP67XE saw a gain of 72% and 61.4% at 1920×1080. The MSI P67A-GD65 saw a gain of 78% compared to the 74.2% gain of the GIGABYTE P67A-UD4. The ASUS P8P67 Deluxe fell between the two boards with a gain of 75.8% at 1280×1024. At 1920×1080 the MSI P67A-GD65 saw a gain of 72%, the GIGABYTE P67A-UD4 improved by 70.7% while the ASUS P8P67 Deluxe is sitting at 70%.
Our final test for NVIDIA SLI scaling is S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat. The BIOSTAR TP67XE jumped from 85.3 fps to 146.6 fps; that is a gain of 71.9% at 1280×1024. At 1920×1080 the BIOSTAR TP67XE went from 58 fps to 103.8 fps which is a gain of 79%. When running the benchmark at 1280×1024 the GIGABYTE P67A-UD4 improved by 67.7% while the MSI P67A-GD65 gained 71.6% and the ASUS P8P67 Deluxe improved by 74.2%. Increasing the resolution of the benchmark to 1920×1080 yields similar results. The GIGABYTE P67A-UD4 saw an improvement of 76.2% while the MSI P67A-GD65 improved by 84.4% and the ASUS P8P67 Deluxe jumped up by 84.1%.