Since the release of the Intel P67 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 GIGABYTE G1 Assassin X58 motherboard was able to put up numbers comparable to those of our Intel P67 systems. At 1280×1024 the G1 Assassin saw a jump from 36.35 frames per second to 69 frames per second. That is an improvement of 89.8%. At 1920×1080 the Assassin jumped from 26.4 frames per second to 50.6 frames per second, that’s an improvement of 91.7%.
Metro 2033 doesn’t scale quite as well as Aliens Vs. Predator on any of our platforms. The GIGABYTE G1 Assassin X58 motherboard is no exception. At 1280×1024 running a single Galaxy GeForce GTX 460 we were able to cruise along at 26.98 frames per second, tossing in a second card the performance jumped to 45.81 frames per second for an improvement of 69.8%. 1920×1080 the performance of the GIGABYTE G1 Assassin jumped from 19.09 frames per second with a single card to 32.04 frames per second in SLI. That is a gain of 67.8%.
Stalker: Call of Pripyat shows the GIGABYTE G1 Assassin having a solid performance gain in SLI. At 1280×1024 the G1 Assassin jumped from 85.5 fps to 147.5 fps for an improvement of 72.5%. !920×1080 saw a gain of 84.4% starting at 58.3 frames per second with a single card configuration and jumping up to 107.7 frames per second in NVIDIA SLI.