Top hardware techsters Anandtech
have managed to get ahold of some pre-production CrossFire hardware from Gigabyte and have run it through their test suite.
CrossFire, in case you missed it, is ATI's answer to Nvidia's SLI technology. It was announced a couple of months ago, but is yet to ship.
Anandtech found that the drivers were currently a little flakey, as you might expect from pre-release hardware (although, considering it was launched two months ago...) They found that the supertiling mode worked fine, but that anti-aliasing was a bit hit and miss.
In terms of performance, CrossFire with two X850 cards comes out behind 6800 SLI in some titles, like Doom 3, and ahead in others, like Half-Life 2.
Worryingly for ATI, CrossFire is beaten in some tests by a single Nvidia 7800GTX, which will inevitably be cheaper than a new graphics card and new motherboard (required for CrossFire).
Of course, we could point to ATI's lack of Shader Model 3.0 support as an argument for simply buying a single 7800GTX.
When we're actually going to see CrossFire on the shelves, nobody quite knows - it's been delayed quite a while already, and it seems senseless to launch it now with R520 just around the corner (maybe).
Our own preview of CrossFire is here
, for reference.
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