DX9 High Quality
Now with the high quality settings enabled at 1440x900 running the DX9 version we start to see the advantages of SLI and Crossfire here. Though interestingly enough the new 1.1 patch has done nothing for Crossfire here as the performance remained the same. On the other hand SLI gained an entire frame.
The 1680x1050 resolution tells a similar same story though this time the 1.1 patch does allow the Crossfire setup to render a few more frames while SLI only gains half a frame this time.
Now at 1920x1200 this is where the power of SLI and Crossfire setups should really come into play. Before the patch the Radeon HD 3870 Crossfire configuration was actually slower than its single card setup. However with the 1.1 patch the Crossfire system is now 6fps faster putting it within range of the GeForce 8800 GTX. The GeForce 8800 GT SLI system used to be 4fps faster than the single card and that margin has now increased to 7fps with the new patch.