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9600gt SLI or 3870 CF?

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March 29, 2008 1:05:33 PM

Which offers better performance?
9600gt SLI or 3870 CF?
Someone tell me!

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a c 120 U Graphics card
March 29, 2008 1:53:20 PM

Using COD4 for reference...........A friend of mine has both. The nvidia cards seem to show the smoke/fog/particle effects much better. ATI really slipped here for some reason.
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March 29, 2008 1:54:30 PM

Filtering kills the 3870 check tom's review on the 9600 GT
March 29, 2008 1:55:43 PM

Filtering kills the 3870 check tom's review on the 9600 GT
March 29, 2008 2:04:38 PM

Filtering kills the 3870 check tom's review on the 9600 GT
March 29, 2008 2:27:00 PM

^ :lol:  at triple post :p .

@OP: keep in mind that the 3870 has a better cooling system, and ATI cards usually get better image quality (an obvious exception is what swifty_morgan mentioned, although potentially that could be an isolated incident). But like L1qu1d said, filtering hurts the 3870s performance.
March 29, 2008 2:31:06 PM

It's exactly the same. Nothing more to say. :p 
March 29, 2008 2:46:11 PM

like 9600gt, it gets 182percent performance in SLI compared to single card.
What about the 3870? Is it as efficient?
March 29, 2008 2:53:58 PM

romulus47plus1 said:
like 9600gt, it gets 182percent performance in SLI compared to single card.
What about the 3870? Is it as efficient?





It's the same. SLI and Crossfire are basically the same thing by competing companies. Between those two, I'd choose 3870, because the superior x38 chipset supports Crossfire and not SLI. You get to highly overclock your cpu this way. If you don't oc, it doesn't matter either way.

It might make more sense to get 8800gt, which performs significantly better than either 9600gt or 3870 for relatively small cost increase. It's the best bang for the buck.

And keep in mind that "182%" is just boasting. In most games under realistic conditions, the performance for SLI/Crossfire is far lower.
March 29, 2008 4:22:22 PM

Btw, I am running an AMD system. Is 790FX a good overclocker?
If I am gonna buy a 9600gt I'll wait for the 750i
March 29, 2008 4:47:03 PM

Depends on on if you want to play Crysis. The 9600 GTs will give you much better performance here... should be more than enough in all other games with either solution.
March 29, 2008 5:33:26 PM

Avenger_K said:
ATI cards usually get better image quality
That was generally the case until the release of the Geforce 8 series.
March 29, 2008 5:44:18 PM

Like most comparisons like this.. Each card setup will trade blows depending on the game. Basically the setups are equal. Knowing that.. I would recommend the CF setup as the ATI cards have better features than the 9600's and have cooling fans than move the air out of the case. Also.. if the 7-Series is anything to judge by.. the 9600's may not look so good in a year or 2..
March 29, 2008 5:53:14 PM

LOl sorry I was on Utorrent and I kept clicking the button LMAO didn't even see it! ahahahaha
a b U Graphics card
March 29, 2008 6:06:51 PM

If i were you dont bother with sli or cf rather go with 1 single powerful card.
New games have issues with sli and cf so your going to be frustrated at new released games.
But if you chose to do sli or cf go with cf because drivers appear faster from amd/ati.
March 29, 2008 7:18:20 PM

Avenger_K said:
ATI cards usually get better image quality


Heyyou27 said:
That was generally the case until the release of the Geforce 8 series.


I was basing my statement on what I've heard from many different forum users on their personal experience with 8800s and 3800s. I confess I haven't actually used them myself, but many people have said that the colors with recent ATI cards are richer than the 8800s. Can anyone else confirm this?
March 29, 2008 8:05:29 PM

yes I can. And I can confirm that the Texture and picture quality is much richer on the 9800 GX2's than the 9600 GT's. (I had the 9600 GT in SL!)

ATI was reigning champ up until Nvidia released the 8 series. But I did hear that there was a situation where nvidia lower it's picture quality for the 8 series during benchmarks to show it as much better than the ATI 2900 XT.

This was August 2007, it was in Maximum pc and on every site, I'm sure you can find it if you search google.
March 29, 2008 8:41:22 PM

What I had heard was that with the 3870 Ati retook the IQ crown.... but I never saw tests as conclusive as the ones that we saw when the 2900 came out. So until we get a really detailed comparison its hard to measure how big the difference is.
March 29, 2008 9:24:48 PM

Get the 3870CFX.
The 9600GT will start to suck in the shader heavy games to come. Right now it performs better than the 8800GS which has 96 shaders but in the future, the 64 shader 9600GT may not perform as well.
March 30, 2008 1:52:39 AM

Hmm, 64stream processors, not enough for the future? a year or two?
March 30, 2008 1:56:05 AM

I'd say people should wait till June to make a decision or close to. that way they get a better idea of how demanding games are and where drivers and compatibility stands.
a b U Graphics card
March 30, 2008 2:18:32 AM

Heyyou27 said:
That was generally the case until the release of the Geforce 8 series.
There was a much more obvious gap in color quality between the Nvidia 7 series and the ATI 1k series.

The Geforce 8 series closed the gap and even some reviews by Toms Hardware showed examples of where the color quality on the 8 series was even better than ATI's 1k series.

I can't say because I do not own an 8,9 or 2k or 3k series but the Feb edition of Maximum PC had a multipage review on Nvidia versus ATI where they compared the 8 series to ATI's 2k series and did a double blind test with image experts (photographers, publishers, & artists). 6 out of the 8 when interviewed said that ATI had better color quality in gaming than Nvidia.

Nvidia's color quality increased with their next gen cards but appearently so did ATI's.
March 30, 2008 2:24:37 AM

rwayne said:
There was a much more obvious gap in color quality between the Nvidia 7 series and the ATI 1k series.

The Geforce 8 series closed the gap and even some reviews by Toms Hardware showed examples of where the color quality on the 8 series was even better than ATI's 1k series.

I can't say because I do not own an 8,9 or 2k or 3k series but the Feb edition of Maximum PC had a multipage review on Nvidia versus ATI where they compared the 8 series to ATI's 2k series and did a double blind test with image experts (photographers, publishers, & artists). 6 out of the 8 when interviewed said that ATI had better color quality in gaming than Nvidia.

Nvidia's color quality increased with their next gen cards but appearently so did ATI's.


Wow, okay, better picture by ATI.
March 30, 2008 5:03:37 AM

I think I'll just wait till May or another AMD-nVidia board to come out.
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