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4870 (non-xfire) vs BFG 8800GT OC2s in SLI

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June 25, 2008 2:29:40 PM

Anyone want to speculate which one will outperform in most games (namely Crysis, Bioshock, World in Conflict, etc.)?

Considering doing a system change over for the 4870 but only if it will outperform the SLI config above.
June 25, 2008 2:37:05 PM

I don't think any of the benchmarks I've seen compare them directly, but you could also just look up specific games benchmarks for GT's in SLI vs the brand new 4870 reviews coming out today.

I would think the 4870 is the best buy if you're buying new; that way you can add a second one down the road during a big sale like Boxing week or something. You can also go with an Intel chipset that way!
June 25, 2008 2:38:42 PM

the 8800GT SLI will still win the HD4870 on its own. its like comparing GTX 280 to HD4850 CF.
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June 25, 2008 2:51:23 PM

lol
June 25, 2008 2:58:37 PM

good cuz i have sli
June 25, 2008 3:12:39 PM

2 8800gts is roughly equivalent to a 9800gx2.
June 25, 2008 3:34:24 PM

Anandtech's review has a good comparison of all the SLI and CF as well as single card setups.
June 25, 2008 4:01:35 PM

#1) SLI 8800GT does outperform 4870 ... when theres no AA

http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3341&p=13

#2) But the difference almost becomes zero when AA is turned on.

There aren't any direct benchies for 8800GT SLI vs 4870 with AA on.... but since SLI 8800GT is virtually 9800GX2 .... this will give you an idea of point # 2.

http://en.expreview.com/2008/06/24/first-review-hd-4870...


The difference is almost nil at low res...but its another story at high res. You will notice that 9800GX2 gets its arse beaten by a 4870 at 1920 with 4AA.
a c 169 U Graphics card
June 25, 2008 4:27:41 PM

2 8800GT in SLI beats the GTX 280 in almost every game and it actualy performs like a 9800GX2
So i say go for 2 8800GT in SLI unless u play @ a resolution like 1024x768 which doesn't benefit from SLI
June 26, 2008 5:44:33 PM

Looks like I'm in good shape now with my 8800GT SLI setup.

It's loud though.

Would a 4870 be quieter than the 8800GT SLI setup?
June 27, 2008 1:35:54 AM

im not sure about how loud it is if there are 2 of them HD4870. but its definately hot as 90C+ when in case. review done on open platform achieve something in the 80C's.
June 27, 2008 1:46:53 AM

Voodoo 3 card pwns, Octo-sli:) 
a c 169 U Graphics card
June 27, 2008 6:29:50 AM

Typhoon99 said:
Looks like I'm in good shape now with my 8800GT SLI setup.

It's loud though.

Would a 4870 be quieter than the 8800GT SLI setup?


I think 1 HD 4870 will be quieter but 2 8800GT in SLI beat a HD 4870
a c 88 U Graphics card
June 27, 2008 9:01:52 AM

The HD 4870 runs too hot
June 27, 2008 9:06:52 AM

get 2x 4850s in crossfire. it will smoke ur current setup out of the water in every game
June 27, 2008 9:08:12 AM

and btw monsta. who cares if it runs hot (5 c higher than gtx card) its covered by a lifetime warranty so i dont think amd would offer that if there was a problem. You can always wait for partners to come out with 4850s with aftermarket coolers which will run incredibly cool and extremely overclockable
a c 88 U Graphics card
June 27, 2008 9:20:50 AM

ATI Troll alert!
a c 88 U Graphics card
June 27, 2008 9:58:14 AM

Funny that , I have 2 rigs, one with Nvidia and one with ATI
Does that mean Im an Atividia fanboy then? :p 
June 27, 2008 10:00:39 AM

I dunno, you seem to like nVidia very much Monsta.
a c 169 U Graphics card
June 27, 2008 10:11:39 AM

fugben said:
get 2x 4850s in crossfire. it will smoke ur current setup out of the water in every game


You are with the guy who has 2 8800GT ? if so then u are wrong, because although HD 4850 is better than a 8800GT but the difference isn't worth the upgrade
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