Futuremark, the leader in making 3D Benchmarks, has just opened up the floodgates to allow users to publish their Intel Core 2 Duo results. We have ran SLI @ x16 x16 with Intel Core 2 Duo and published some orthodorx SLI results using Futuremark Approved Drivers. Interesting results from a chipset you have not seen much of yet.

15684b Benchmarking SLI @ x16 x16 w Intel Core 2 Duo

Very interesting results, you may want to check it out…

Futuremark, the leader in making 3D Benchmarks, has just opened up the floodgates to allow users to publish their Intel Core 2 Duo results. We have ran SLI @ x16 x16 with Intel Core 2 Duo and published some orthodorx SLI results using Futuremark Approved Drivers. Interesting results from a chipset you have not seen much of yet.

Rightie, there is only one way to benchmark SLI orthodoxly now, for WHQL & FM Approved legitimacy, we ran nForce MCP @ x16 x16 PCIE with Intel Core 2 Duo X6800.

First let’s check out 3D Mark 06 @ SLI x16 x16

15684c Benchmarking SLI @ x16 x16 w Intel Core 2 Duo

Intel Core 2 Duo X6800 @ 14 x 326MHz -> 4570MHz

NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI Reference Board

Inno3D 7900GTX SLI @ 980/1020MHz

Corsair 5400UL @ 408MHz @ 4-4-4-5

SilverStone ST75ZF

Home Brewed Triple -90C Cascade


15684b Benchmarking SLI @ x16 x16 w Intel Core 2 Duo

Ok, so here we are at 326MHz FSB…. how much does FSB or even Memory MHz affect performance in 3D Mark 06?? I would have thought A LOT. But, take a look:

15649b Benchmarking SLI @ x16 x16 w Intel Core 2 Duo

Aha! So I gained 25 points going from 305MHz FSB to 326MHz FSB, and Memory going from 381MHz to 408MHz! Well? No big deal at all. Clock speed still seems to be the end all in this case.


Moving on, I next went onto benchmark 3D Mark 05.

23832c Benchmarking SLI @ x16 x16 w Intel Core 2 Duo

Intel Core 2 Duo X6800 @ 14 x 326MHz -> 4570MHz

NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI Reference Board

Inno3D 7900GTX SLI @ 960/960MHz

Corsair 5400UL @ 408MHz @ 4-4-4-5

SilverStone ST75ZF

Home Brewed Triple -90C Cascade


23832b Benchmarking SLI @ x16 x16 w Intel Core 2 Duo

Aha! Not bad! But not drop dead awesome scores. CPU speed is real important here, and so does the effectiveness of ATi Cross-Fire setup in this benchmark.


Ok, so my room was baking already, so let’s wrap this round up with some 3D Mark 03!

59195 Benchmarking SLI @ x16 x16 w Intel Core 2 Duo

Intel Core 2 Duo X6800 @ 14 x 321MHz -> 4500MHz

NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI Reference Board

Inno3D 7900GTX SLI @ 990/1035MHz

Corsair 5400UL @ 401MHz @ 4-4-4-5

SilverStone ST75ZF

Home Brewed Triple -90C Cascade


59195c Benchmarking SLI @ x16 x16 w Intel Core 2 Duo

So there they are. Still in question though is how far the GPU can go at PCIE clockspeed of 131MHz which is the maximum offered by the BIOS. So now, not just have you taken a look at the x16 x16 SLI nForce on Core 2 Duo, but you have really taken a look at it’s performance and how it scales! More details and discussion, head this way.