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 Jan 10, 2005 - 09:44 AM - by Michael
* SLI on a single card?

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PC Games/Hardware/Microsoft has reviewed the Gigabyte 3D1, a video board that puts two GeForce 6600's in SLI on one board.

Aside from that, the question as to whether the Gigabyte 3D1 is a worthy purchase leaves us with the same question as purchasing two 6600GTs in SLI - Is it better to get two 6600GTs for your money, or a single 6800GT. From our benchmark results here, that seems to vary on what settings you intend to game at - The 3D1 often seems to have the upper hand in scenarios where raw power is required, but throw anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering into the mix, especially at high resolutions, and suddenly the 6800GT and particularly the 256MB of dedicated memory for the GPU it offers seems a much more sensible proposition. The answer to this question will also depend upon the price at which the 3D1 makes it to UK retail - If the price is right (and it may well be, especially when bundled with the GA-K8NXP-SLI motherboard), then it may well be enough to tempt many users into going down this route. And they most likely won't be disappointed if they do so.
Like 3dfx's multiple chip solutions, this board peters out on the requirement that the memory be split between the two chips. Unsurprising.

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