I cannot seem to find recent or relevant information on the performance of the setups mentioned in the title to determine which is the best choice. I know the 4870X2 CF is the most powerful combo but it just doesn't fit into my budget right now. The ones in the title are what I can afford. All the benchmarks I can find are from 2008 and I would like to hear from a well-rated reviewer or someone with a rig having one of the video cards mentioned. What I'm really concerned about is how the latest drivers affected the performance of these old yet powerful GPUs. Also, do the latest drivers fix the inherent microstuttering issues with GX2s? How much was the scaling improved over the past two years between the setups mentioned?
Do you have these or planning to buy it? If you are planning to buy it, then i would say reconsider your choice to something better.
The HD4870x2 would be better i think. The 9800GX2x4 is a waste of power and temperatures. Although the HD4870x2 is not far behind in that sense. But two cards would mean a lot more airflow than 4 cards.
I have no problems with power consumption and heat problems. Most of the heat problems can be fixed with good airflow. Also, a huge drop in core temps with the 9800GX2 is observed by just removing it from its enclosure.
I have none of these cards. What GPUs do you recommend? Also, I would like to clarify that a 9800GX2 is two 8800GT in one video card though large. I placed QUAD to show that its two 9800GX2s.
Lmeow: From what I've researched, 4870<9800GX2<4870CF<9800GX2 (SLI). However, microstuttering in the GX2 made actual performance really bad. Despite having higher average FPS, GX2s had high max FPS but also low minimum FPS. I really want to know if the latest drivers fixed this problem.
Yes, but the reason I'm asking which is the best choice is because they (9800GX2 vs 9800GX2 (Quad) vs 4870 vs 4870 CF) are similiar in pricing w/ corresponding performance. A 9800GX2 has similar performance with a 460 but costs half as much. At the price of a 460, I can get two 9800GX2 and much better performance.
But you'd be stuck with DirectX 10 and you wouldn't be able to add another card to boost performance. Microstuttering may have improved but if you want to stay safe, I'd stay away from the 9800 GX2. The GTX 460 1 GB would be faster than the 9800 GX2 1 GB at higher resolutions.
I don't think I'll be able to upgrade for a long time. A GTX460 is in the same tier with 9800GX2. What's wrong with DX10? Microstuttering doesn't exist in a single 9800GX2 with the proper setup but I'm not so sure though with the dual GX2s. I'm aiming for price vs performance right now with the cost as my limiting factor. Therefore, I must make the most of it. I think I have to be clear about it, from the following GPUs, which would be the best choice for performace?
See if you can get 2 4890s, I've seen them sold around $120-$140 used at times. A 4890 is pretty close to a GTX 460, so two of them will blow any of the other configurations out of the water.
I wonder why I've never factored that in. I've seem benchmarks for OC'ed 4890s and I'm quite impressed. Also, it fits my budget if I look in the right places. I've never been this excited to tinker with a GPU.