Two 3870s for below $229? Not at this time, although you could get two 3850s for about that. You also could get two 9600GSO cards.
However, a single 4850 might turn out to be just as powerful. Also, it would be a simpler solution. It wouldn't require Crossfire or SLi to work. It would only take up one PCIe slot and it might use less power. All things to be considered.
I guess we'll only know once the benchmarks are out.
A single 8800GTX eats SLI 7900GTX for breakfast. If the GTX280 is anything like what the 8800GTX was to the 7900GTX, it should do the same, and I hope it is. Nvidia had almost two years to perfect this damn card.
SLI/Crossfire performance does not always scale upward. And unless you buy the two graphics cards at the beginning of the product cycle,by the time you buy the second card, you usually have a new, single card solution available at a reasonable price that will outperform the two cards.
well given that the current THG best gfx for the $$ indicated SLI 9600 GT/ATI 3870 HD as being the best bang for the buck cards right now I wouldn't be totally surprised if 8800 GT/GTS were the next best bang for the buck selection.
I really wouldn't get that excited about buying next gen hardware until this fall given that there just isn't enough games out right now to tax it. The only people who should be shooting for 4000 series or g200 series are people who've been sitting on an older graphics array for a while
We'll have to wait and see. If a single card performs equally to SLI/crossfire setup for the same price, then the single card is the way to go.
But currently, that is not the case. $300 in SLI more often than not offers alot more performance than a $300 9800GTX.
You do not need high res to benefit from SLI. You need settings not limited by the CPU/system. You may not need SLI aprt from high res for most games, but look at Crysis and even at 1024x768, in DX10 very high SLI can blow out a single GPU. Have a look at the 9800GX2 (basically SLI 8800GTS G92) vs a single G92.
It's a blowout at 10x7. In Crysis, Vista very high is currently owned by SLI , even at low res with fsaa. http://www.digit-life.com/articles2/digest3d/0408/itogi...