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260 GTX sli vs 9800 GX2 Quad Tested by me. @ 1680x1080

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October 12, 2008 1:25:23 AM

I'll get straight to the point: Latest Non-Beta Driver: 178.13 Driver used for ATI cards: Catalyst 8.10 Beta (literally took 30 mins for the installation to fully install) The only reason I used the beta for the ATI cards, because I've heard alot of ppl mention the 15% increase:)  this way we get a more throrough result.

COD4 Max 4x AA:

GX2 Quad : 145.67 fps

260 GTX sli: 167.95 fps

280 GTX Sli: 179.32 fps

4870 X2: 169.25 fps

Crysis warhead Max 4 AA:

GX2 Quad: 31.23 fps

260 GTX sli: 36.24 fps

280 GTX sli: 39.37 fps

4870 X2: 32.56 fps
Bioshock Max 4x AA

9800 GX2 quad: 174.23 fps

260 GTX sli: 156.45 fps

280 GTX sli: 167.32 fps

4870 X2: 189.21 fps

Pure Max:

9800 GX2 Quad: 59.25 fps

260 GTX sli: 59.13 fps

280 GTX sli: 60.32 fps

4870 X2: 55.47 fps

Grid MAX 16XQAA:

9800 GX2 Quad: 67.89 fps

260 GTX sli: 87.24

280 GTX sli: 93.19 fps

4870 X2: 104.45 fps

RTS to come:) 
Tri 260 GTXs and 280 GTXs soon too come:) 
October 12, 2008 1:26:23 AM

can you post the rest of youre test comps specs as well? or is it what is in youre sig? just curious
October 12, 2008 1:35:25 AM

Its wat ever is in my sig, except the Video cards are swapped:) 

I was actually surprised the 260 GTXs held their own like this, I mean I thought that they weren't even in the category but it seems that they run really well, and also they run the coolest of the bunch @ 55 load, and the GX2 the hottest @ 90 load:) 

I don't have my 4870 X2 right now its my cousin's computer until his 9600 GTs are back from BFG :) 
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October 12, 2008 3:51:23 AM

Bioshock likes the X2s, surprised it beats out the 280s
October 12, 2008 4:25:06 AM

an RTS if you have one would be a great thing to add on since it works a system in different ways. overall very nice
October 12, 2008 12:38:40 PM

I have world in conflict AOE 3 and Supreme I'll add them 2day:) .

I also found that both the 280 GTXs and the 260 GTXs aren't affected as much when adding AA as the 9800 GX2s are.

Plus the overall Minimum frame of both the 260s and 280s is higher than the GX2s and actually makes the game seem alot smoother.

BTW

Oh yes and I have to mention that in Source games, the GX2s in Quad for some reason choose to drop to 20s and 30s randomly during smoke (CSS), heavy light visuals (Half life 2 Ep 2), While only 1 9800 GX2 manages to both almost match the Quad configurations AVG frames while maintaining a much higher minimum framerate.

So as it stands right now for the best gaming experience I've had (proves how much min frame rate actually matters)

280 GTX sli > 260 GTX sli > 9800 GX2 Quad

While the GX2 quad manages to show its long lasting ability, it still manages to show its quarks and problems with the minimum frame rates and poor AA (I'm talking about performance hit wise) capabilities.

4870 X2 results will be posted in my first post in this thread in about couple of minutes I tested it out yesturday night, and it did pretty well :) 
October 12, 2008 12:57:54 PM

Now that I added the 4870 X2 to the results, my conclusion is that the 4870 X2 is definitely going to be cheaper than buying 2 260s GTXs and at the same time ALOT cheaper than 2 280s GTXs yet performing about the same (ofc lagging behind in some tests)

Overall Minimum frame rates was higher on the 280s and the lowest on the 9800 GX2s.

So conclusion is that, the 9800 GX2 still remains the best price/performance for single card, while for sli/CF the 4870 X2 takes the cake.

If you have a SLI motherboard and aren't plannig on going more than a single card yet you want to have high end performance, the X2 is your thing, but if your planning on going SLI or Tri- sli the 260 GTX seems to be the next best card.

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October 12, 2008 1:06:15 PM

haha i knew the gtx260 could hold against the 9800gx2 quad sli.
liquid the 4870x2 cost 500$+ while the gtx260 can be found for 200$.
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October 12, 2008 1:29:29 PM

Its cheaper than the X2, but its not versatile at all. You have to have a nVidia mobo that does sli. The 4870X2 only needs a good psu. Leaves more options for the buyer, or someone who doesnt want to change their mobo. Add in the cost of the mobo, and its still cheaper and no rebates
October 12, 2008 1:46:18 PM

The Temperatures are another thing though, the X2 @ load runs at a blazing 89 degrees, GX2 78 degrees, 260 GTX 55 and 280 GTX 63 Degrees.

The X2 is a very hot card, and I have the Palit dual fan model.

My suggestion for 4870 X2 is to do water cooling. I don't kno how some bring it to 45 idle, mine stays @ 49 idle for a bit then jumps to 63, and my room is air Conditioned, CPU is 26 and mobo is fricken 43 from 33 because of the x2:p 

BTW here are the models of the cards. They ARE ALL DOWNCLOCKED TO STOCK DURING THE TESTS!

the 280s are all BFG OC2s

the 260s EVGA Superclocked

9800 GX2s BFGS (already Stock)

4870 X2 Palit ( already Stock)

October 12, 2008 2:18:10 PM

Sorry i had to add 1 thing, from all the results I've seen, with the MAXcore sp 216 blah blah 260s, your better off with the old 1 if your planning to OC.

When you fully OC the old 260 GTx it makes up for the loss in frames, and since it can OC further than the sp 216 it pretty much balances itself out for 100$ less in some cases.

also don't go for the OCXs they just oc the cards yourself and save 50-70$ :)  that goes for any 280 and/or 260 GTXs
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