nVIDIA’s GTX 280’s and Scaling

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Everyone has seen them.  A lot of people want them.  Some people have at least one.  nVIDIA’s GTX 280 is one beast of a card.  By now you should all be familiar with the specifications of this monolithic chip.  Packing in 1.4 billion transistors into a single GPU package is quite a feet.  But we all know the issues surrounding them.  First it was price, then power consumption, and we can’t forget about scaling issues.  Just how well does moving from one GTX 280 to two or three of them?  Well, that’s what I’d like to find out.  So sit back and enjoy the ride.  Because I’ll tell you what, I’ve been on one hell of a ride for the past month putting this review together.

Let’s start with what we are going to be working with.  For this review, all testing will be done using a Silverstone TJ09 case.  Stuffed inside the case is an Asus Striker II Extreme.  Sitting on the S2E is a QX9770, 2GB of OCZ DDR3 1600 RAM and the three eVGA GTX 280’s.  The hard drive configuration consists of three 74GB Western Digital Raptors in RAID 0 along with a Plextor PX-810-SA SATA DVD burner.  Powering the beast is a PC Power and Cooling 1KW SR along with a supplemental PSU from Meanwell adding 320 watts of additional power.  For the 3-way SLI setup all the gpu’s are watercooled.  For convenience, here’s  a list of the hardware:

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Before we get into the nitty gritty numbers, we need some drool worthy pictures.  Try not to get it on your keyboard!














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