Dutch website Hardware.info has managed to get its hands on four new GeForce GTX 680 graphics cards, and has put them to the test in a quad-SLI configuration. If you're looking for high benchmark scores, this near-$2,000 setup is certainly a good place to start. The quartet scored a mind-boggling 10,850 in 3DMark 11 Extreme, besting AMD's Radeon HD 7970 quad CrossfireX by nearly 1,000 points. Real world performance was, for the most part, equally impressive, with Skyrim running at 130fps over three monitors totaling 5760 x 1080 resolution. As seems to be the case with every multi-card setup, there were some cases where drivers got in the way, with Battlefield 3 performance being particularly poor. Overall, Nvidia's latest card scales well, although it's not quite as proficient as AMD's effort.
The quad-SLI setup may be a tiny bit excessive, but the site also tested two GTX 680s in a standard SLI configuration and the results were equally, if not more, impressive. Coming in at under $1,000, it offers dramatic improvements over what were already very impressive results. Gaming performance was regularly improved by around 60 percent over a single card and the driver issues found in the quad-SLI tests were nearly non-existent. While the standard dual-card SLI arrangement makes much more sense to us, it's the quad-GPU setup that will bring back your long-lost sense of childlike wonder.