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GTX 260 SLI reviews?

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June 26, 2008 10:25:43 PM

any benchmarks out there showing how well 260's will run in SLI?

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June 26, 2008 10:30:11 PM

Don't do it!
June 26, 2008 10:32:17 PM

so what should I go with if I dont want to pay over 1000 bucks on video cards and want to stick with a nvidia card(s)?
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June 26, 2008 10:40:25 PM

What card do you currently have?
June 26, 2008 10:49:22 PM

im building a new system have about 2500 to spend..alraedy have antec 1200 case and 24 inch monitor (will be able to run 1600 x 1200 reso)

looking at 790i ultra MoBo -eVGA
corsair dominator ddr2 or ddr3 ram
velociraptor primary drive and WD cavier 640 GB 2nd hard drive
that Xiga.....whatever heat sink for CPU
PSU --- dont know yet???
June 26, 2008 10:52:43 PM

oops...i forgot about the CPU..the Q9450
June 26, 2008 10:57:21 PM

srbraith said:
im building a new system have about 2500 to spend..alraedy have antec 1200 case and 24 inch monitor (will be able to run 1600 x 1200 reso)

looking at 790i ultra MoBo -eVGA
corsair dominator ddr2 or ddr3 ram
velociraptor primary drive and WD cavier 640 GB 2nd hard drive
that Xiga.....whatever heat sink for CPU
PSU --- dont know yet???


If you don't have the mobo yet, why not go Ati? Dual 4870's would save you $200 over the GTX260's so you could splurge on something else. Unless you're a fanboi and MUST have nvidia.... :whistle: 
June 26, 2008 11:01:01 PM

1600x1200? I think you'll be running 1920x1200 unless it's a CRT? Even then I'd imagine on a 24 you could hit a higher res than that.

You could wait for the 9800GTX+ to come out and pick up 2 of those (or even 3). The GTX280 seems pretty high in price right now, and right now almost any form of SLI is giving better performance than any single card, so if you're just looking for performance right now and aren't concerned with upgrading in the near future, go that route. Otherwise, I guess you could get a GTX280 and wait until you can buy another for SLI. The GTX280 in SLI is pretty **** powerful :) 
June 26, 2008 11:01:48 PM

crysis900 said:
If you don't have the mobo yet, why not go Ati? Dual 4870's would save you $200 over the GTX260's so you could splurge on something else. Unless you're a fanboi and MUST have nvidia.... :whistle: 

Yeah, or at least hold off on your build until August when the 4870x2 comes out. You could potentially pickup 2 of those and if the benches are awesome, having a beast of a machine for less than an nvidia build and get higher performance.
June 26, 2008 11:09:05 PM

Oh Snap said:
Yeah, or at least hold off on your build until August when the 4870x2 comes out. You could potentially pickup 2 of those and if the benches are awesome, having a beast of a machine for less than an nvidia build and get higher performance.



This.


4870 CF is like this: p o_o p

I think the 4870x2 will be a lot better
June 26, 2008 11:19:28 PM

ovaltineplease said:
This.


4870 CF is like this: p o_o p

I think the 4870x2 will be a lot better

I mean even waiting for the 4870 1GB would be an option. Buying the 512MB version right now just seems like buying, well, half a card :/  It's not like you'd get double performance with 1GB, but why buy a lesser version of a card when you know that a better version is going to be released in less than a month? But I'm definitely hoping by the time the 4870x2 comes out, ATI has gotten their drivers in order and we see some real CF performance boosts, which will hopefully put SLI GTX280 to shame. If it doesn't, you know what to buy. :p 
June 26, 2008 11:24:47 PM

Putting any bias aside, the 700 series chipsets only strong point is that they support SLI, because the X38/X48 are far superior than them. If you haven't checked the latest benchmarks I suggest you do, because you'll see that the $300 HD 4870 matches/beats the GTX 260 on almost every single test except for oblivion, and on half of them it even closes in to the GTX 280 performance territory.

a 790i board ($350), two GTX 260s ($800), and 4GB DDR3 1333 Ram (~$200).

an X48 board ($230-250), two HD 4870 ($620), and 4GB DDR3 1333 Ram ($200).

This quick comparison shows savings of up to $300 (could be even more if you look hard enough), and instead of sacrificing performance you would be gaining it if you went with the cheaper system. (HD 4870 are all around better cards compared to the GTX 260s and the X48 performs far, FAR better than any nvidia motherboard.)
June 26, 2008 11:29:38 PM

gtx260 performs better in AoC and Crysis - in every test the gtx260 "loses" to the 4870, it is within a frame and nearly identical min fps - the 4870 has the gtx260 on value/performance ratio, but it is far from pounding the piss out of it in tests and it doesn't scale in a dual gpu setup like the gtx260 does.

I wouldn't recommend the 790I ultra simply on the function of bugs. But, I wouldn't recommend a 4870 CF either because its a waste of money because the scaling is just.. not.. there.

Don't waste money on 4870CF, just wait for the 4870x2 and get a much better solution for 100$ less. Furthermore, because Nvidia and Intel aren't cooperating, if you go for an Intel chipset motherboard you should have better cpu/graphics support in the long run, at least until Intel ditches AMD for its own graphics chip.
June 26, 2008 11:34:54 PM

ovaltineplease said:
gtx260 performs better in AoC and Crysis - in every test the gtx260 "loses" to the 4870, it is within a frame and nearly identical min fps - the 4870 has the gtx260 on value/performance ratio, but it is far from pounding the piss out of it in tests and it doesn't scale in a dual gpu setup like the gtx260 does.

I wouldn't recommend the 790I ultra simply on the function of bugs. But, I wouldn't recommend a 4870 CF either because its a waste of money because the scaling is just.. not.. there.

Don't waste money on 4870CF, just wait for the 4870x2 and get a much better solution for 100$ less. Furthermore, because Nvidia and Intel aren't cooperating, if you go for an Intel chipset motherboard you should have better cpu/graphics support in the long run, at least until Intel ditches AMD for its own graphics chip.

Listen to this man.
June 26, 2008 11:50:47 PM

2X GTX260s will be awesome....have one on the way already....dont let the AMD fanbois tell you any different....
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June 26, 2008 11:51:11 PM

^why would i listen to ovaltine... i like nesquik..... =(


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jk.... i love ovaltine... the product to lol...

anyway we're typing not saying XD...


now that my post is completely pointless... i'm going to add that you should wait for the 4870 X2 and get a intel chipset
November 14, 2008 7:53:01 PM

Quote:
Ok, so I'm 3.5+ months late in reply - let's blame Google since "260 sli " brought me here ... and speaking of that - he SHOULD go 260 sli...

The horror of 4870 driver issues- is enough to choke any gamer into a fit....

I know, it's not popularr to say, and there probably are some exceptions somewhere....

From CCC to which catalyst version to dotnet....

I just cannot imagine going AMD/ATI - it's horrifying to me -

The OMEGA drivers however are a GODSEND - I'm imagining it now... yes with the OMEGA drivers it's cool. ( ok, so I fibbed a bit )

PS- i'm not a fanboy - I'm a REAL HATER - I don't cheer for one or the other side - I pick either side then absolutely HATE IT for good reason. :-0)


Wow you are very ignorant are you not? The 4870 is the first ATI card i have ever owned and let me say driver and catalyste has been fluid and seemless! Installations have been very smooth with zero trouble all on Vista 64bit! To top it off i can actually expect a driver release every month unlike Nvidia!
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