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Triple Crossfire/SLI worth it?

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May 23, 2009 8:16:00 PM

would sticking triple gtx 275's be worth it from simple double sli? Same goes with the 4890, worth it or not?
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May 23, 2009 8:23:32 PM

At the moment i dont think so since 3 way cf/sli dont scale to well. 2 way cf/sli with high end cards should be plenty for current games.
May 23, 2009 8:59:47 PM

hmm what about triple way SLI 260? Since its more of a lower range card, think it'd get higher performance than double SLI 275 or 4890?
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May 23, 2009 9:13:02 PM

or should i go with quad crossfire with the 4870X2, heard it was great quad crossfired
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May 23, 2009 9:41:19 PM

Just curious what resolution do you play at? I currently have 2 gtx260 (192sp) in sli and i can max everything at 1920x1080. 4870x2 is a great card but quad cf is overkill in my opinion. Unless running at 2560x1600. But if you must 3 or 4 cf/sli i would go with the gtx260 tri sli or ati 4870 3way cf it will cost you less for similar performance of 4870x2 quad cf.
May 23, 2009 10:12:27 PM

ill be running at 1920x1200 res, i saw on some benchmarks that the quad crossfire 4870 went up to twice in performance from just 4870X2
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May 23, 2009 10:23:46 PM

Double SLi/Xfire = scales well
Triple Sli/Xfire = scales soso
Quad Sli/Xifre = doesn't scale so well

Quad Sli/Xfire is not worth the price per performance. I don't know any case in which it went up "twice in performance from just 4870X2 ." Not even double SLi/Xfire can do that.
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May 23, 2009 10:44:06 PM

computernewbie said:
would sticking triple gtx 275's be worth it from simple double sli? Same goes with the 4890, worth it or not?

Simple answer: NO.

More complex answer: Sure if you have other motivations than good game play.
May 24, 2009 1:03:46 AM

Tri quad sli/xfire is just a nice way to make your power meter on the side of your house spin really fast.
May 24, 2009 1:09:16 AM

computernewbie said:
ill be running at 1920x1200 res, i saw on some benchmarks that the quad crossfire 4870 went up to twice in performance from just 4870X2


Here's some links from Anandtech on the subject. Dated from Feb., so missing a few newer cards, but you should be able to get the general feel. Links are in the order of SLI/CF, tri SLI/CF, quad SLI/CF.

http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3517
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3518
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3520


May 24, 2009 3:07:18 AM

croc said:
Here's some links from Anandtech on the subject. Dated from Feb., so missing a few newer cards, but you should be able to get the general feel. Links are in the order of SLI/CF, tri SLI/CF, quad SLI/CF.

http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3517
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3518
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3520


ty for the links

Was looking over em, and i was comparing crysis, as it is the most demanding game out there, even if it doesent make the best benchmark tester

http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3517&p=8

A 4870 crossfire beats a gtx 260 in SLI, so you'd excpect a 4890 to beat the 260

http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3518&p=6

But in triple SLI, 260 beats 4870...lol...

So really, this depends on which company you like better? ATI or Nvid? lol...

Just wondering, which gtx 260 manufacturer is the best? I heard it was the black edition, forgot manufacturer
May 24, 2009 3:21:01 AM

Think ill go with 4890 crossfired, unless any objections?
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