Last to arrive in our lab is an outstanding kit with two XFX Geforce 9800 GX2 cards and XFX branded 790i Ultra motherboard. We didn't have the time or driver to test the Quad-SLI, but you can expect this in the days to come; but we decided to share a few impressions about the machine.
The motherboard itself supports Three-way SLI, but this will work with 9800 GTX cards that are expected shortly. Three-way SLI also works with old 8800 Ultra; and GTX and if you decide to do multiple SLI with 9800 GX2 you will be stuck with Quad-SLI.
Unfortunately we don't have any numbers for you but at this new test rig we can tell you that it will score 16915, so almost 17000 in 3Dmark 06 but this time we used Intel's 9770 quad core that rocks at 3.2GHz.
XFX 9800 GX2 comes with the reference 600MHz core 2000MHz memory and we decided to award all these cards, even before we get the overclocked ones. If you're wondering why, the answer is simple, we could overclock every single card to over 700 or 720MHz and it looks like we can go even higher.
We like the artwork on XFX's box where they made a Borg like number 9, and that the package itself includes Company of Heroes game and a warning for your parents or girlfriend/wife that you are gaming and that you don't want to be disturbed.
We expect to have more scores shortly, at least with a single card, but due to the late arrival of this impressive kit this was the best we could prepare for today.