First dual-GeForce 6800 benchmark results

Alienware moves to clear up consumer confusion; releases 6800 benchmark results.

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In response to a recent unauthorized leak, Alienware today released its first 3DMark03 benchmark performance numbers from a test system running its new "Video Array" dual-video-card technology first introduced at this year's E3.

The document released to the press lists 3DMark03 benchmark results comparing an Alienware 3.4GHz Intel Xeon test system running two GeForce 6800 video cards against the same system with only a single GeForce 6800 video card. The released document, a presentation slide dated from June 8, includes 3DMark results taken from two settings: 1600x1200 with 8xAA (antialiasing) and 8xAF (anisotropic filtering), and 1600x1200 with only 8xAF.

The Video Array-enabled dual-GeForce 6800 system outperformed the single video card system by a significant amount, outperforming it by almost 77 percent and scoring 3,105 3DMarks, compared to 1,758 3DMarks at 1600x1200, 8xAA, and 8xAF. In the 1600x1200-8xAF test, the dual-video-card solution showed a 42 percent improvement, scoring 8,538 against the single card system's 5,992.

Alienware plans to release the first Video Array-enabled ALX systems at the end of Q3 or the beginning of Q4 of this year, with prices starting at more than $5,000.

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