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HD 4870 crossfire vs. GTX 260 SLI

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August 21, 2008 4:34:33 AM

I can't decided whether to go with a couple gtx 260's in SLI or a couple HD 4870's in crossfire. I've found some benchmarks for crossfire but I can't find anything for 260's in SLI. Any recommendations (benchmarks would be appreciated)?
August 21, 2008 4:40:54 AM

The ball can go either way:p 

http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews.php?/gpu_displays/xf...

depends on the game. I personally would go with 4870 Xfire because A) DX 10.1 55nm B) X motherboards are alot less buggier than SLi chipsets C) CrossX is liked a little more by games:) 

But thats my opinion!

I'll see if I can find more reviews
August 21, 2008 4:46:50 AM

alright, thanks, that helps a lot
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August 21, 2008 7:21:37 AM

Why not to go 4870x2 if you want to CF 2 4870 anyway ?
Its as good as 2x4870 or better with no limitation on mainboard and 2x1GB ram on 4870x2 is better then 512 whitch most 4870 have.
August 21, 2008 9:05:51 AM

The benches have been out for a while now.
For the same money.. Maybe a little more or a little less you can have the 4870 X2...
You dont need to upgrade the motherboard or the PSU (assuming you have a good one).
This card destroys right now it it will remain top of the line for a while.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102768
August 21, 2008 11:02:36 AM

I would go with the x2 but I just don't have the money to buy that on top of a new system. I was planning on getting either the hd 4870 or gtx 260 and then getting another in a few months when I've got some more cash. Of course, if I do end up having enough money, I might just go with the x2.
August 21, 2008 11:24:15 AM

Borrow/Beg/Steal the extra $250, or find that credit card... :p 
May 8, 2009 4:45:19 AM

4870 card by itself is enough performance for most games, and as long as AA is off the performance is the same as the X2.
a b U Graphics card
May 8, 2009 12:45:40 PM

Both will perform on par so which ever option is cheaper. sli/cf both have strength and weakness. Check out what games you play and which setup does better(will perform close though.) I enjoy crysis so sli was the route i choose. Good luck! =]
May 8, 2009 12:56:05 PM

swampthug said:
I would go with the x2 but I just don't have the money to buy that on top of a new system. I was planning on getting either the hd 4870 or gtx 260 and then getting another in a few months when I've got some more cash. Of course, if I do end up having enough money, I might just go with the x2.



That is exactly what I did when I built my PC. I purchased one HD4870 1GB and than couple of months later I got myself a second hd4870 1GB.
It's a great combo and it works flawlessly.

Cheers
a b U Graphics card
May 8, 2009 3:05:56 PM

That is the right way to do it (as you may find that 1 4870 is enough for you). Be sure to get the 1GB version though (especially if you plan to crossfire later on).

Edit: This thread was long dead. Be more careful next time (you tricked me).
May 8, 2009 3:15:58 PM

Yeah I just saw that... Why do you resurrect a year old thread....?
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