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GTX460 SLi overclocked, mated and put in context

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Has the time finally come for multi-GPU solutions?  nVidia stakes its claim again with the GTX460 – although the lack of true scalability (to 3 or 4-way SLi) tells us something very important about this market.

At the end of this special article is a single graph that will tell you all you need to know, but we'd recommend you spend a couple of minutes going through the KitGuru logic first – it's useful background that all you Gurus out there should really want to know.

We're dirty buggers and well up for the idea of a bit of hot, naked, card-on-card action

While Zardon populates his results spreadsheet the way rabbits populate the fields around Watership Down, we've decided to take a much more relaxed and informal approach to testing the way this new solution from nVidia will scale with time. We're checking for one thing only. Does GTX460 present you with an intelligent way to choose Fermi now and in the future?

"And I will strike down upon thee, with great vengeance and furious anger, those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my overclocked GTX460 SLi vengeance upon thee"

KitGuru loves the whole SLi/CrossFire uber-hype. The hype as opposed to the actual technology.

The technology is fine, but a poor second to the energy used in engineering these solutions or the money that customers spend in creating willy-waving systems from the resulting cards.

That’s how we used to see it, but is that view too simplistic?  Has the market and technology evolved into a more useful state?

Also, will the future of multi-GPU solutions be the same for both nVidia and AMD – or Intel for that matter?

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