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Gigabyte GV-3D1-68GT Dual-GPU Videocard Review
Gigabyte GV-3D1-68GT Dual-GPU Videocard Review - PCSTATS
The Gigabyte GV-3D1-68GT videocard comes packing 512MB of GDDR3 memory, and conforms to the PCI Express x16 formfactor.
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Dec 07 2005   C. Sun  
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Gigabyte GV-3D1-68GT has potential

In a move first pioneered by the long departed 3dfx, parallel operating videocards are all the rage now. Both nVIDIA and ATi's latest and greatest have the ability to run together with a second card of the same class, which in theory increases 3D performance. In reality the performance gain by running SLI or CrossFire is a lot more subdued.

While the Gigabyte GV-3D1-68GT unit we tested experienced some stability issues, the card still has a lot of potential. At the moment, the Gigabyte GV-3D1-68GT only works with Gigabyte branded SLI motherboards.

Gigabyte's GV-3D1-68GT videocard design is certainly interesting. Considering how complex the GeForce 6800GT core is, and that there will be two of them on the GV-3D1-68GT PCB, cooling is definitely handled well. Though, if the GV-3D1-68GT could have used a quieter fan, or perhaps some temperature control, the end user experience would be improved by decreasing noise levels. The cooling solution on the GV-3D1-68GT does take up a lot of space too, but that is hardly surprising from a product this unique.

In terms of performance, the Gigabyte GV-3D1-68GT stacked up quite well against the videocard competition. Despite being a generation older than the GeForce 7800 GT/GTX series cards, the GV-3D1-68GT is able to keep up in most of the gaming benchmarks.

The test sample did have some problems with SplinterCell: Chaos Theory's SM3 Test, and for some reason could not run with AA enabled when operating in SLI mode.

With a retail price of $712 CDN ($600 US), the Gigabyte GV-3D1-68GT is certainly an interesting product. It costs less than two separate GeForce 6800GT videocards will, but its appeal is limited because it only functions at full SLI potential with Gigabyte nForce 4-SLI motherboards (in non-compatible boards it operates as a single 6800GT videocard).

For users who are already running on a compatible motherboard, the Gigabyte GV-3D1-68GT is unique power house of an option. However, being that the GV-3D1-68GT is restricted in this way, it will remain a niche product... though one with a lot of pixel kicking potential.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GV-3D1-68GT
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GV-3D1-68GT Dual-GPU Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  Heatsink for Twin 6800GTs
 Pg 3.  nVIDIA PureVideo
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: 3DMark03, 3DMark05
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: AquaMark3, Halo
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Halo
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: FarCry
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: Doom 3
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: Quake 4
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 12.  — Gigabyte GV-3D1-68GT has potential

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