N-Mode: NVIDIA scaling
First up is our testing of the HYDRA platform in N-Mode: NVIDIA + NVIDIA configurations. 

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The first results in 3DMark Vantage are noteworthy and uplifting for the promise of the technology by offering a 32% performance upgrade by adding the GeForce GTX 260+ to the GTX 285. 

Batman: Arkham Asylum (DirectX 10)



One of the best received gaming titles on both console and PC for 2009, Batman: Arkham Asylum is an impressive game both visually and in terms of design. 

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Batman also sees some impressive scaling numbers using these two graphics cards: nearly 40% at 1920×1200 and about 31% at 2560×1600.

Far Cry 2 (DirectX 10)



Far Cry 2 is the spiritual sequel to one of the best selling and longest living games on the PC though this title was developed not by Crytek, but by Ubisoft directly using a completely new engine as well.  The game is set in Africa and you have malaria – what else do you need to know?

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Far Cry 2 (in DX10 mode) did see some performance scaling using the HYDRA technology as we see a 15% improvement over the single card implementation at 2560×1600.

Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X (DirectX 10)



An action-flight simulator game, H.A.W.X offers great visuals with easy flying mechanics and gameplay. 

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Tom Clancy’s HAWX is another title that saw some great performance improvements with the MSI Big Bang Fuzion motherboard: 28% at both 1920×1200 and 2560×1600.

World in Conflict (DirectX 10)


An incredibly detailed RTS game, World in Conflict allows you to look at your troops from a bird’s eye view as well as zooming to street level to get hands on with the combat.  As you get closer, the game only looks better, as the scaling detail is incredible making this title an easy pick for DX10 benchmarking.

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Even WiC ran better with the HYDRA N-mode at work: 18% and 35% respectively.

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