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Performance in Third-Person 3D Shooters

Hitman: Blood Money

Neither ATI’s CrossFire nor Nvidia’s quad-SLI can offer a performance gain over the corresponding single graphics cards. Moreover, the quad-SLI system has a lower minimum of speed in comparison with the single card. The game obviously has some compatibility problems with multi-GPU graphics hardware.

Super AA works correctly on the CrossFire tandem here. There is no performance hit in comparison with 4x FSAA mode as we switch to the higher antialiasing quality. We even get a minor performance increase (which may be due to the “manual” way of testing, though). It means that each chip in the tandem does its job, and the hardware frame compositing unit helps avoid performance drops. Unfortunately, this is not the case with the GeForce 7950 quad-SLI system.

The Radeon X1950 XTX CrossFire slows down in 14x Super AA mode. You can play the game in 1280x1024 with some comfort, but the higher resolutions are almost unplayable. The results of the GeForce 7950 quad SLI are very low. It gives you less than 30fps on average and even less than 20fps in high resolutions. Nvidia has still got a lot of things to improve and correct in the current implementation of its quad SLI technology.

 
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