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GTX 260 sli or 4870 crossfire?

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June 28, 2008 12:17:09 PM

Any idea on performance figures between two GTX260's in SLI compared to the 4870 in crossfire? From what I have read the Nvidia cards scale very well in SLI mode whereas the ATI cards scale poorly or in some cases perform even slower. Any idea if drivers will make a massive upgrade to ATI performance? Otherwise it is probably just best to get two GTX 260's?
June 28, 2008 12:19:47 PM

4870 in crossfire. I haven't seen anything that indicate sli scale significantly better than cf. With sli, you have to put up with lousy nvidia chipset, but with cf, you can use quality intel chipset motherboards. :p 
June 28, 2008 12:28:02 PM

Any suggestions on a motherboard? I would love to get two 4870's, just wondering if they would fit in my current case or if my 750 watt PSU would be able to keep up.

If not I would probably upgrade to the Antec P190 case with the 2 X 600 watt PSU's included.
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June 28, 2008 12:28:53 PM

4870 CF - same performance, much cheaper than 260 SLI :) 

P.S. 750W will be more that enough for 2x 4870
June 28, 2008 12:55:08 PM

I'm sure new drivers will fix the few scaling problems with the 4870's. They scale really well in some games and really badly in others, which tells me it's just up to driver optimization.

Motherboard just depends on your price range. The Gigabyte GA-X48 would be the ideal board for me, since both slots run PCI-E 2.0 x16 in CF mode.
June 28, 2008 1:00:45 PM

Righto, think I will go for 4870 CF then with my current PSU and see how I do. In the future when I decide to experiment with extra cooling and OC I will upgrade the case and PSU then. Thanks for all the help.
a b U Graphics card
June 28, 2008 1:11:21 PM

4870cf is much cheaper and should offer similar performance to the gtx 260 in sli
June 28, 2008 2:30:26 PM

4870 is much cheaper and it scales better.....>>
June 28, 2008 3:20:44 PM

You can just buy one GTX 280 its about the same speed as two 4870's in CF.
June 28, 2008 3:27:36 PM

2 4870 owns the GTX280, not?
June 28, 2008 3:32:54 PM

gridener said:
You can just buy one GTX 280 its about the same speed as two 4870's in CF.


LOL. Two 4870's in CF is much better then one GTX 280! You would have to pay 49$ more for the 280 and then you would get a lower performance. Choose the two 4870's or even better wait for the 4870x2!
a b U Graphics card
June 28, 2008 3:42:09 PM

The 4870 has been shown to be faster in a few games than the G280 And yes R700
June 28, 2008 3:51:53 PM

For me, Radeon all the time, as Diablo 3 will use Havoc physic!! At your Radeon everyone!!!!
June 28, 2008 3:53:39 PM

Bopper said:
Any idea on performance figures between two GTX260's in SLI compared to the 4870 in crossfire? From what I have read the Nvidia cards scale very well in SLI mode whereas the ATI cards scale poorly or in some cases perform even slower. Any idea if drivers will make a massive upgrade to ATI performance? Otherwise it is probably just best to get two GTX 260's?


no doubt go with 4870 xfire.. it is the best way, price, performence and it takes less power then 260 sli. so go with 4870 without any doubt
June 28, 2008 3:55:21 PM

gridener said:
You can just buy one GTX 280 its about the same speed as two 4870's in CF.


sorry, but you don't know ****.. cf 4870 beats in any way 280...
June 28, 2008 4:03:57 PM

gridener said:
You can just buy one GTX 280 its about the same speed as two 4870's in CF.


Favour from me.
Check reviews, compare, then speak.
And don't be influenced by fanboyism.
Don't be like the Ronka dude the other day.
June 28, 2008 4:10:19 PM

Yup, the 4870s offer unprecedented performance for the price. I simply could not believe the benchies for these things. Only problem - where can I get one (two)?
June 28, 2008 4:16:27 PM

If you dont mind using nVidia chipset and paying 30% more (at the time) go with the 260s
June 28, 2008 4:29:30 PM

If you want to pay less and get more, go with a few 4870's, However, If you'd like to pay more and get less. By all means, get a GTX260 SLI and an awful Nvidia chipset. My last board had an Nvidia Chipset. Now I have an Intel Chipset.
June 28, 2008 4:42:37 PM

Ycon said:
If you dont mind using nVidia chipset and paying 30% more (at the time) go with the 260s


one more fanboy...
look you don't have to buy only one.. NVIDIA NVIDIA NVIDIA.. damn it.. read reviews and you will see who is better..
i am not saying that one or the othher is better, but please.. sometimes NVIDIA sucks and ati goes more, but sometimes happens other way, so compare and read reviews then say who is better.
in this situation 4870 CF [~610$] beats easy.. 280 [~650]
a b U Graphics card
June 28, 2008 4:48:12 PM

I think ycon was telling it straight
June 28, 2008 4:56:54 PM

Ycon could never be a fanboy, not?
a b U Graphics card
June 28, 2008 4:57:58 PM

S3 - Excalibur w/ Multi-Chrome FTW !! [:thegreatgrapeape:1]
June 28, 2008 5:00:42 PM

Hey TheGreatGrapeApe was S3 like on the top before when the GPU industry was new? And Matrox? I see posters of them when I was small but I knew nothing back then.
June 28, 2008 5:09:48 PM

Well, S3 did produce the most popular video cards up to the Pentium 1 era. They're the best on that time, MPEG acceleration, video performance. Nearly everything.
June 28, 2008 5:16:37 PM

Righto lots of fanboying and flaming happening here, has been a fun read :D 

I have always been a bit of an ATI fanboy, nice to see that I can continue this trend. Thanks for the mobo advice as well. I will order my gfx cards while they are still in stock.
June 28, 2008 5:31:33 PM

Someone please explain to me whats SO terrible about Nvidia chipsets, I haven't had any problems with mine! Maybe I'm just lucky but someone please put a link to a review that says their that bad.
June 28, 2008 7:58:40 PM

I'm not a Fanboy of anything, my last cpu was an AMD X2 3800+ with a Nvidia Chipset 570 SLI. My cpu now is an Intel e6750 with an Intel Chipset. Vid card now is a Nvidia 7900gs but I'll get an AMD/ATI next. I like the best features for the best price/performance ratio. I don't really care whose name is on it. :) 
June 28, 2008 8:24:05 PM

Get the Gigabyte X38 chipset and then 2 HD4870s.
June 28, 2008 8:25:34 PM

Nvidia will have it hard.....
there aren't that many people getting gtx200's
June 28, 2008 9:34:47 PM

CF 4870 is a waste of money, wait for the 4870x2 which will have better scaling on AMD's new crossfire architecture for 100$ less

People praise the 4870CF way too much, it doesn't scale worth a crap except in 2 games which any bloody video card made in the last 2 years can max out unless you play on a 30" display. In anything but those 2 games, it has a 30% scaling figure which is terrible for 2 video cards.

A single 4870 is good, 4850 Crossfire is good, the 4870x2 will be good - but the 4870CF is a moneygrab
June 28, 2008 10:48:26 PM

It's costing me $190 (all said and done with shipping and other tacked on costs) to go from 2 9800GTX's to 2 GTX260's through the EVGA Step Up Program. However, if I didn't have the Step Up option I would most certainly save up and wait for the 4870x2 - it will probably be comparable or beat 2 GTX260's in SLI for less total $$$. Hell, if quadfire or whatever the hell actually scales well I would, on a future build, go with 2 4870x2's.
June 28, 2008 11:50:49 PM

Or you could get xfire 4850. Have lots of money left over for other things, and still be blown away by the performance :D 


Theres nothing that 4870xfire can run at more playable levels than 4850xfire can run. 90fps to 120fps. Really worth it??
June 29, 2008 3:59:50 AM

its more min fps that is worth being concerned with, not max - I don't know of a single slot video card that can push 120 minimum fps in games released in the last year and a half :S
July 6, 2008 7:51:41 PM

Bopper said:
Any idea on performance figures between two GTX260's in SLI compared to the 4870 in crossfire? From what I have read the Nvidia cards scale very well in SLI mode whereas the ATI cards scale poorly or in some cases perform even slower. Any idea if drivers will make a massive upgrade to ATI performance? Otherwise it is probably just best to get two GTX 260's?



Dont do 4870 in crossfire, do 4850 crossfire or One 4870.. or wait for the 4870x2. Id honestly do... 4850 in crossfire or 1 280 at 469.99 on newegg. If you have 8800gt sli like myself, wait for next revision of cards.

Yes 4870 crossfire does better than 1 280 in some tests, but it falls in other games. The 4850 and 4870 in crossfire scale the same. Cheaper to do 4850 crossfire, but if you want one card, go with the 4870 over the 260 or invest 140$ more and go with 280.

Now for 260 sli vs 4850 crossfire performance, I dont know.. I was looking here for some stats, which no 1 had. but you can get 4850 crossfire for a small 350-370 on newegg. Which is awesome.

*One thing that does piss me off... Age of Conan is SLI and Nvidia branded... yet it works better on ati 3800 cards better than nvidias 8800/sli setups. doh.

***Udate..

http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-4850-and--4870-...

guru3d finally did their update on 4870 crossfire, according to their review, and I dont know if things look any better because of new drivers.. but wow the 4870 crossfire is the CLEAR winner!! Previous reviews stated that 4870 and 4850 scaled about the same, but on Guru3d's review the 4870 crossfire does awesome! GET THAT! if you have the dinero.
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