Our usual P55 test setup was brought out for the testing and consists of the following:
There are quite a few permutations of the GPUs that we can test but as mentioned previously, the Hydra chip only works with certain classes of GPUs and obviously we can't test them entirely due to time constraints. Also, MSI/Lucid has identified which driver versions are qualified to work for each configuration and while we have tried to use the latest available drivers from ATI and NVIDIA where possible, chances are that some configurations only work with the qualified drivers. Below are the listed GPU configurations tested with Hydra, with all GPUs running at stock clocks:
We have also thrown in SLI and CrossFireX performance scores on a similar system using MSI's P55-GD80 as well as the single-card performance scores for a Radeon HD 4890 and a GeForce GTX 285 using the latest drivers as the baseline.
One note about the installation process: users have to first install the supported graphics drivers from the respective vendors (ATI and/or NVIDIA). Then when that's done and working fine, install the Hydra drivers, which will require a reboot.
As the applications that work for the multi-vendor (X-Mode) are limited, we will be testing this and other modes on the following benchmarks that are qualified to work: