The 990FX Chipset Arrives: AMD And SLI Rise Again

Benchmark Results: Metro 2033 (DX11)

Metro is an absolute beast when it comes to taxing graphics performance. Applying the depth of field effect, especially, has a profound impact on frame rates, as each card is hit with a DirectCompute task that literally cuts results in half.

It’s really not a surprise, then, that it doesn’t matter if you’re running a Core i5 at 3.1 GHz or a Phenom II at 3.7 GHz—both solutions yield comparable performance when they’re backed by a pair of GeForce GTX 570s in SLI.

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  • Jay_83
    Disappointing. Kinda like preloading a Steam game before launch- you get stuff you that's not much good for anything until the real show hits the road.
    Here's hoping (against hope?) Bulldozer exceeds expectations. A bit of a price and performance war would do Intel some good.
  • uksnapper
    I was hoping for 6 memory slots so I guess I will have to wait for more M/Bs to come on stream
  • codefuapprentice
    I'll be interested to see what the bulldozer is capable of when its completed.
    I'm not rushing out to buy a new machine any time soon as i'm still enjoying using my PII 955BE machine (790GX based)
  • Anonymous
    Asus are releasing BIOS updates to support AM3+ chips in some of their AM3 motherboards (like my M4A89GTD PRO) - would be interested in a comparison of this with a 'proper' AM3+ motherboard (with SB950, I think), once the Zambezi chips come out.