Another Asus HD 3850 Trinity review published
As many of you probably would ask, the answer is yes, it does play Crysis relatively well. However, in all honesty we expected better, more linear scaling overall. As a reference point, in our Company of Heroes testing, a single Radeon HD 3850 would score somewhere in the neighborhood of 37 FPS at 1280×1024 with 4X AA, whereas Trinity scores nearly 55 FPS. That’s a 48% increase in speed but three times the GPU horsepower thrown at the task. In reality, this quick and dirty triple-GPU showcase from Asus probably suffers more from lack of driver optimization than anything else; that and probably a shortage of PCI Express bandwidth and latency over the on-board switch.
Regardless, it’s interesting to see this implementation come together and we wonder about the practicality of it moving forward. Think about a single slot card today that could possibly be upgraded in the future just by sliding a module in, thus leaving your other slots open for future functionality