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Dual Nvidia geforce 9800gt 512mb vs Single ATI Radeon 4870 1GB

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November 29, 2008 7:14:43 PM

Can someone provide me some info/data on how 2x 9800gt 512mb will match up against 1x 4870 1gb?

I wanted to see the difference. I know I can easily google up 9800gt performance charts but I couldn't find how the performance will be like if there's 2 stacked together.
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November 29, 2008 8:01:18 PM

I'm a bigger fan of running one good card, over multiple lesser cards. Frankly, the performance gains aren't 100%. Two cards doesn't really give you double the FPS. And some games do better with SLI/X-Fire than others. Some games it doesn't even really matter.

Personally I'd probably vote for 1 x 4870 1GB.

To give you an idea, follow this link. Took me about 30-60 seconds to do this. Granted this shows 1 x 4870 512MB, but it gives you an idea. 8800GT = 9800GT.

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/gaming-graphics-char...

Shows results with Crysis 1.21 @ Very High 1920x1200. Look at the 8800GT, 8800GT SLI, and 4870 results.
November 29, 2008 8:17:21 PM

generally the dual 8800/9800GT SLI will outperform a single hd4870.
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November 29, 2008 11:42:26 PM

thanks for the link.

I think the with 4870 1gb, the performance will be either the same or just a bit below the 4870. That gives me a good idea of where it performs because theoretically speaking I'm expecting that 4870 to perform 2x 9800gt.
November 30, 2008 12:00:04 AM

Dual 9800 GTs would be mighty good. Personally I hate nVidia chipsets. And dumping $$$ into the x58 platform would be wasted on dual 9800 GTs you would be better off getting a P45 mobo with a quad core chip and a higher end card. If you already have the sli board then I say go for the 9800 GT sli otherwise go with the better board with the HD 4870
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November 30, 2008 12:09:31 AM

Keep in mind that the ave may be the same or slightly higher for the dual gpu setup. But the min/max is lower/higher. The single card will most likely have a higher minimum frame rate, but a lower maximum. That being said, a higher minimum is the most important for consistantly smooth frame rate. I'll also vote for the 4870.
November 30, 2008 1:32:40 AM

lucuis said:
Keep in mind that the ave may be the same or slightly higher for the dual gpu setup. But the min/max is lower/higher. The single card will most likely have a higher minimum frame rate, but a lower maximum. That being said, a higher minimum is the most important for consistantly smooth frame rate. I'll also vote for the 4870.


well what about average frame rates? Which one will hold out better?
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November 30, 2008 2:56:45 AM

I voted for the 4870 in my last sentence.

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