Home > Gaming > Benchmarks > 2-way and 3-way AMD CrossFire and NVIDIA SLI scaling on Intel Sandy Bridge
BenchmarksGamingGraphics CardsMotherboardsOverclockingReviews

2-way and 3-way AMD CrossFire and NVIDIA SLI scaling on Intel Sandy Bridge

A third-person shooter, Lost Planet 2 is the sequel to Lost Planet: Extreme Condition.

Benchmark settings:

  • 4x multisample anti-aliasing, and
  • all in-game details set to highest available

NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 570 and GTX 580 may obliterate the competition, but they fall behind in multi-GPU scaling. AMD has better scaling with 1.65x and 2x for 2-way and 3-way configurations respectively, compared to 1.6x and 1.7x respectively for NVIDIA.


Bumping up the resolution a notch, 2-way scaling performance is rather similar between both GPU makers at 1.7x. AMD still has the upper hand in 3-way scaling with an improvement of 2.15x to 1.85x though.


Similar to the resolution of 1920 x 1200, 2-way scaling of the four GPUs tested is similar. For 3-way scaling, AMD posts a performance increase of 2.3x and NVIDIA 2.15x.


While CrossFire and SLI can offer gamers the potential to nearly double or triple frame rates, it does not always happen. Lost Planet 2 is one such example, with scaling performance at 1.7x for 2-way configurations, and just 2.3x for 3-way configurations at best. Going from 2-way to 3-way brings about minimal performance benefit regardless of AMD or NVIDIA GPUs.


VR-Zone is a leading online technology news publication reporting on bleeding edge trends in PC and mobile gadgets, with in-depth reviews and commentaries.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Read previous post:
Motorola’s Android tablet is called Droid Xoom

Remember the upcoming Motorola MotoPad that runs Android (Honeycomb) operating system? Well, apparently the name is going to be Droid Xoom...