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Gigabyte 3D1: is it a SLI alternative?

Gigabyte Technology unveiled its new 3D1 graphics card, which many call an answer to SLI architecture.

3D1 is designed for PCI Express bus and bases on two 500 MHz NVIDIA GeForce 6600GT GPUs. It also has 256 MB GDDR3 (1.6 ns, 600 MHz; 625 MHz max. potential clock rate), 256-bit bus (seems to be one of the first cards on NVIDIA GeForce 6600GT with such bus width).

As usually, 3D1 has D-Sub, HDTV and DVI connectors.

Naturally no marketing department can live without own test results. The novelty was tested on the following configuration: AMD Athlon 64 3000+, GA-K8NXP-SLI, 512 MB DDR400, 7200 rpm SATA HDD, Windows XP, 3DMark 2003 3.4, nVidia 70.80 drivers, ATI 8.082 drives. The results are provided below.

It seems the graphics card will be bundled with GA-K8NXP-SLI motherboard. This is not clear, because the latter is positioned for SLI solutions, and the novelty seems like a counterpart to them. Anyway, this doesn´t spoil the general idea, so it´s OK.

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