If it weren't for Nvidia's raw power, it would have a major disadvantage when dealing with the ATI innovation. Its like comparing a smart average build guy (ATI) with a dumb Strong jock (Nvidia). (This isn't a Jock stereotype its just an example don't take it personal all you jocks on these forums LOL! )
Now Mr EXT64:
Dual cards are a god blessing. When it comes to 3 cards, they scale better than 4...and seeing some results 4s can show some decent scales.
What I noticed the higher the resolution the more the cards actually scale and start pulling their own weight. But as an example I'm on my 1680x1050 monitor now, and I get around 400 fps in devil may Cry 4, when I disable tri sli I get around 250-300 fps. So I think its a pretty decent scale
Games like Half life 2 (which honestly need only 1 card mostly) the game doesn't scale with tri 2 well. I kno that when I had quad I would drop down to 20 fps in CSS.
Crysis uses tri sli amazingly, unlike Crysis Warhead which only benefits from 2 of my cards for some reason.
Games that use it effectively in my opinion:
Devil May Cry 4
Far Cry 2
world in conflict (Most of the time)
Brothers in arms
There are others that don't come to mind. But the ones that don't scale with tri sli, mostly scale when I hit 1920x1200 or higher.
I'm surprised that the 280 GTXs are doing soo well. In sli they outshine even the quad sli cards...I wonder what tri sli could do to the competition
Kinda mad that none of the cards are using the latest drivers except the 295 GTX....
thanks for the link.
Found something interesting about Crysis,this game loves Nvidia cards but when the resolution goes over 1920x1200,the ATI cards take the lead.
Again in some games the Nvidia has the lead but in some other games especially when AA and AF is enabled,4870X2 takes the lead,however Catalyst 9.1 seems to improve the performance a bit.
and btw L1QU1D,the reason that 2 GTX 280s sometime beat dual GTX 295 in QuadSLI is mostly because of the driver,both Nvidia and ATI has to work more on drivers for QuadSLI and CrossFire X.
Yeah, it sounds like the only problem with tri-SLI 280's is that no game needs that much power. Still, its good to hear that Tri-SLI works well. You'll be in really good shape if games start using physics seriously, since you can put one on physics and two on graphics.
The tri-280s work great, its just for any1 that actually paid for them (I traded my 2 9800 GX2s with my friend , he doesn't need a gaming rig) its pointless up till now. I mainly game with 1 280 GTX since theres no point in pushing more heat in the case pointlessly.
I don't have any min frame rate problems at all with the Tri setup, although there are a handful of games that lower in AVG frames but increase in min frames when tri is enabled. Thats easily fixed by going into regular sli. A good example would be the sh!ty Nfs Undercover game
Either way I'll say this again, this card fails to surprise and catch my eye. WAIT for the 5000s and the 300s ppl don't go Quad serioulsy alot more head aches than there should be, I went through it. Most games use 3 GPUs (ie Crysis). Unless you get an X2 card and then wait for the X2 to go down in price .
I would say that the ATI 4870 X2 being about 100$ cheaper (150$ at some stores) its still the best buy.