“Remember that with a single card, plunking down a second core into the system did absolutely nothing. With SLI, there are clear performance improvements at the lower resolutions where we still manage to avoid hitting the video cards’ limits. Once we get down into the very high resolutions, the dual core advantage is diminished to nothing, because the balance of power transitions over from the CPU back to the 7800s.”
Here are some more Processor articles from around the web:
- CPUs & Real-World Gameplay Scaling @ [H]ardOCP
- Intel Pentium D 920 and Pentium D 930 Processors @ X-bit Labs
Neoseeker has found a great excuse to spend a lot of quality gaming time. They are testing the efffects of dual core on SLI and non-SLI systems, to discover the real effects of dual core on a system who’s CPU is the bottleneck, and in systems where it is not really keeping anything back. Of course, once games become multi-threaded, they will have to play them all over again.