Alienware Video Array Can Double Performance

Alienware has demonstrated the potential of its Video Array technology and has released figures which put systems using dual graphics cards, at the pinnacle of gaming performance.

Video Array is Alienware's exclusive patent-pending innovation that enables two high-performance PCI-Express video cards to process graphics commands in parallel, thus significantly increasing the graphics performance.

Using an Alienware system comprised of a Xeon 3400 MHz, 1GB of memory an 80 GB hard drive and two NV45s, compared to a similar system with only one NV45, the company has produced figures which show an increase of performance of up to 100 per cent on some applications.

In 3Dmark 03 at 1600x1200 8X Anisotropic and 8X FSAA the Video Array based system received a score of 3105, an increase of 77 per cent compared to the 1758 achieved with a single card.

Under conditions which are not very, graphically, demanding the Video Array system still offers a 30 to 40 per cent performance increase. But where the system really produces remarkable results is when the demands on the GPUs become intense. Using 8X FSAA and 8 Anisotropic can result in performance increases of up to 100 per cent with the average being around 70 per cent.

The potential of such a system is undeniable and the involvement of a company of Alienware's pedigree can only make gamers salivate with anticipation at what the final versions of Video Array systems will be able to deliver. The only sour note is expected to be the price but then again gaming supremacy does not come cheap.

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Alienware Video Array Can Double Performance

LOL it's funny seing fanboys desperately trying to find ANY flaw to their competitors and their partners. In this case they're trying to use price and power consumption. Some even try to attack cooling fan lol. Alienware and Nvidia has made a huge thing to the gaming industry. Admitting that they're good won't kill you.Intel, Alienware, etc + Nvidia = The best.

Alienware Video Array Can Double Performance

Alienware is good but they squeeze ur money out like no tomorrow... It'd be MUCH cheaper if we consumers could buy these parts and build it ourselves... I built a PC recetnly for 560$ which is stronger then a PC my friend bought for 1500$... So you can really make better with custom building... And Alienware is the worst to have a prebuilt PC... For Da noobs who got money to waste :P

Alienware Video Array Can Double Performance

I completely agree with sandok, puttin together your own gaming box is much cheaper and more efficient than puchasing a custom (that is, IF you know what you're doing) but for a lot of people, they're too lazy and afraid of getting their hands dirty and learning what jumper would go where and how to install a heatsink or whatever.to annonymous below, ati is a company like nvidia that produces graphics cards. usually their cards are just an inch better than nvidia's.

Alienware Video Array Can Double Performance

it would be great if after market motherboard manufacturers could create technology like this which includes dual processors and dual video cards. Buying alienware is a big waste of money. It's also taking the easy way out by not building a pc yourself for that matter(Also referred to as laziness). The way I see it, building your own pc like I have gives me alot of confidence in life. It also makes me alot happier knowing that I built it myself and not some scrub company with a big alien on the front of the case ripping me off. ALot more satisfying to use than my store bought HP from 1997.

Alienware Video Array Can Double Performance

Waste of money. Big waste. Only good thing is this techniqure might catch on and other manufactures of high and mid range PC systems will use this technology and lower the price. Until then, save your money. Then again, who in their right sane minds would spend $6000 on a PC system? A 2nd hand car, clothes, rent, other goodies coms to mind before a $6 grand gaming rig. Unless of course you're a PC geek with hairy palms

Alienware Video Array Can Double Performance

hmm, this is prety much like the voodoo2 in SLI many years back, the think that sucks is alienware is indeed way overpriced. but fom watching on toms hardware, it dosent seem to be in the motherboard, sure its PCI express but there is a third card that puts the two together - and probably some driver that tells the computer to rendor the bottom half on one car, and the top half on the other. the thing that gets me is you spend all this money, it will be out of date in a year. and a thing i've noticed buying hihg-end graphic cards is they start to lag on games 6 months after the card is new (i bought a ti4600 the month they came out, and like 5 or 6 months later it was already lagging on games) needless to say i still have that board which is now old - but what does one do in 6 or 12 months when the TWO gfx cards are 'out of date' and start lagging, if the bottom half of the screen/gfx card has more polygons and stuff to rendor down the road, and the top half less you are going to see cuts in the screen, you will move the mouse the top half will be where you want it, and the bottom half sturggling to catch up... and this is all probably just like 6 to 12 months after it comes out. not worth it, and not a 100% good idea.

Alienware Video Array Can Double Performance

Anyone that would spend 6k for this technology hasn't learned anything about the computer price market. Why pay a premium price for this technology. If this technology turns out to be as great as they claim it is. It will be on the main market and not a alienware monopoly. Also seeing as how this isnt a motherboard bus technology and it takes another pci-x card to combine both of the cards picture together you obviously lose speed there. I think if this technology will even be practical it will have to have its own bus and not another expansion card. Thats my 2 1/2 cents.

Alienware Video Array Can Double Performance

staticpurge... U know u might be right... For example you palying far cry and lookin at the horizon.. the sky part would have 200fps+ but the bottom even with the best X800XT or wonderful 6800Ultra, u'd only get about 60 to 80fps... Lag would happen and the image would be f**ked... Unless you take down the result from the othercard down and cap it to the lowercard... But then you can just have one card and almost NO loss..... :S

Alienware Video Array Can Double Performance

I like the idea for the technology. But, I wouldn't shell out thousands for a full Alienware system just for this. If you can buy the technology for video array seperately then it may be worth it (if it doesn't cost and arm and a leg).Either way, maybe it will give some of their competitors some ideas =)

Alienware Video Array Can Double Performance

it would still be better and cheaper to buy an normal up to date computer now that can run all games now at max graphix without any problems.. and then upgrade it after 6 months to have it once again up to the best standard and do it again after 6 months and again after 6 months.. than to buy an Alienware über computer that maybe will last the same amount of time..

Alienware Video Array Can Double Performance

DOOM3 & DIRECTX 9.0c WILL BE OUT SOON! FARCRY PATCH 1.1 IS OUT! BUY AN NVIDIA!Nvidia and its partners will be overjoyed to hear that Doom 3 will finally be available on the 3rd of August.This game is very important for Nvidia since this is where its rendering marchitecture will actually pay off. From NV30 upwards all Nvidia GPUs are able to render texture values without Z or Color information. The NV40, Geforce 6800 series has full 16 pipelines that can process one texture and can render as much as 32 textures without Z or Color info.This means that in Doom 3, Nvidia's tech is likely to be much faster then ATI's R420. As much as 50 per cent faster!Plus DirectX 9.0c will be bundled with Windows XP Service Pack 2 which will be officially released by Microsoft anytime soon. This will also indeed be a big advantage for Nvidia.The people that are getting MSDN packages from Microsoft are already able to download it.All drivers from 61.34 have support for Shaders 3.0 which again is a big advantage for Nvidia.Ubisoft also recently released the new 1.1 patch for FarCry. Patch 1.1 improves shader speed up to two times for Nvidia Geforce FX cards on very high settings and that now works with Nvidia drivers. NV40 support and some other fixes have been added, but most importantly support for the PS3.0 shader profile.Shader 3.0 games might arrive sooner then we all expected since Nvidia's $20 million can be very persuasive and help developers and especially publishers to upgrade their games from Shader 2.0 to 3.0As for Half-Life 2, the $6 million later and over a year delayed Half Life 2 is still not 100% ready even with their August deadline. Radeon customers still have to cross their fingers.

Alienware Video Array Can Double Performance

The 1.1 patch and the one before it that did support PS3.0 offered little increase in performance as seen. The big test will be with the release of DX9.0c. And even then, only if titles fully incorporate PS3.0 will it make a difference. Partial PS3.0 effects will have minimal effect if any. Let's see those full PS3.0 games come out before 2005.

Alienware Video Array Can Double Performance

alien ware would be so screwed if videocard manufactures made it so that their cards could link up like the old voodoo 2. making the video card array not worth the crazy money they want.all the extra horse power this system gives out makes sense for game developers. namely for the programmers working on unreal engine 3. have a look at the link below and see for yourself how demanding the finished product is going to be.[url removed]

Alienware Video Array Can Double Performance

alienware have been pretty expensive in the past. they use the best parts but they also charge you a whole load extra just for it being alienware.the new video array seems good but i wouldnt expect it to be worth the cash they will ask for it. to start with you will have the price of 2 top end graphics cards, which is more than most people can afford.the performance will be nice but for the same money you could do a whole lot more with a pc, plus the new systems available now will cope with anything you throw at them.

Alienware Video Array Can Double Performance

oh and to noob consumer who said 'Its interesting that very few people realise the human eye cant see beyond 60fps'That may be true for tv but for pc gaming there will be a very noticable difference in smoothness between say doom 3 running at 60fps and at 120fps.Sure it is playable at 60 but im just saying it will definately look a lot better at faster fps.

Alienware Video Array Can Double Performance

Anonymousat 4:23 26/6/2004oh and to noob consumer who said 'Its interesting that very few people realise the human eye cant see beyond 60fps'That may be true for tv but for pc gaming there will be a very noticable difference in smoothness between say doom 3 running at 60fps and at 120fps.Sure it is playable at 60 but im just saying it will definately look a lot better at faster fpsthe only reason i want more than 100fps is if the gameplay gets intense ur FPS will drop to bout 50-60fps, if the gameplay is not intense than u cannot tell the difference if the FPS is at 30 fps or 200fps,

Alienware Video Array Can Double Performance

on a pc its above 100 u cant really tell the diff, and its a good point, its fine if it just scrapes say, 120 fps when ure walkin down a corridor, when 3 or 4 monsters apear, that could half or even worse making it impossible to shoot them, so having 200fps when walkin down a corridor would be much better since when crap is on screan it dont slow down below 100, or much lower neway, makes for smoother game play.

Alienware Video Array Can Double Performance

I know wot u mean!! Gonna be dual core cpus soon as well! Surely the heat off one of those wud be roasting!! why do we need 2?? More space inside my case used up, more components, more power, AND more HEAT!!! And i really cant imagine the noise levels with 2 6800 ultras with ther hair dryers goin! Its a bit OTT!!!

Alienware Video Array Can Double Performance

I have learned those also I have also learned that this double video cards thing is gonna cost lots of mooolllah! and alienware comps are so friggin expensive.But the most important things that are true that you have learned are: Intel does rock, Ati rocks, Nvidia sucks, Alienware rocks, People bitch too much, and one you missed was 90% of the people are under 12 years old.

Alienware Video Array Can Double Performance

"Alienware's SLI Parhelias?Alienware officially states they will support SLI-like technologies from ATI, NVIDIA, and even Matrox...and others. They went on to say:"Looks like Alienware will do this for all chipsets. Good for us if we have the cash.Now expect ATI to bring out a version of the R420 that is a dually also. Remeber the ATI Rage Fury Maxx? Have to love competiton and corporate greed. ;)

Alienware Video Array Can Double Performance

for all you crackers who think heat is going to be an issue... one word... Koolance! if you havent gotten liquid cooling yet, or are too scared, beware... you are missing out on some major advantages over your air/fan cooling setup noise? minimal cost? considering what you have to spend on a massive heatsink and several high dollar fans... it might be about double... for less than $400US you can get a Koolance tower with blocks to cool your cpu/s, gpu, chipset/s, and hard drives and get a neato black light and uv dye to make it look really bad@$$ think about it guys....

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