Test Bed:

  • OS: Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 x64
  • CPU: C2D E8600 @ 4.4GHz (440 x 10)
  • GFX: ASUS EN280 x 2 @ SLI (602/1296/1107)
  • MOBO: XFX 780i P08 Bios
  • RAM: Gskill F2-8000CL5D-4GBPQ 2x2GB KIT @ 1000MHz CL5-5-5-12 2T
  • Sound: Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatality Pro
  • HDD: Western Digital VelociRaptor 150GB

vantage single Nvidia Forceware 180 Series Preview

SLI on single monitor

vantage clone d2 Nvidia Forceware 180 Series Preview

SLI on multi-monitor (clone)

As you can see, the performance hit in conjunction to clone mode is notable but negligible for 3DMark Vantage which is pretty acceptable as the average FPS drop is only about 3~4 frames, which amounts to about 5% of performance loss.

Conclusion

Although Nvidia was short on their promises on the supposed date of September for delivering the “Big Bang II” driver, at least for now, we are sure that their engineers are working on it. Hopefully, they can iron out the limitations and issues before the actual “Big Bang II” drivers are delivered. And also, lets hope that they can get it done before October ends. You can download the x64 driver from our ftp server here.

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