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AMD CrossFire Vs. Nvidia SLI Scaling Analysis

Power-Usage Benchmarks

Power use stays relatively close to the performance curve we have experienced, although the Radeon HD 5870 in CrossFire does show itself to be more power-friendly than the GeForce GTX 470 and GeForce GTX 480 cards in SLI.

  • reprotected
    So... Nvidia won?
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  • joytech22
    Now i can safely say that i think i made the right choice :)
    (GTX470 SLI)
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  • jrharbort
    Nvidia wins this war thanks to the larger standard framebuffer. ATI needs to pick up in this area a bit, as 1GB framebuffers have been around for a while now. Looking foward to another article based on the next gen cards a few months from now. Should be interesting. =)

    Good job to both ATI and Nvidia on this generation.
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  • gordo_46
    BUT.. i would have preferred 2-3 way SLI with GTX460's.

    gtx 460 can only do 2 way sli
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  • gkay09
    The SLI scaling is one place where Nvidia wins almost all the time, but ATI has improved a lot though, it still need to work harder if they want to have a complete win over Nvidia...
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  • joytech22
    gordo_46gtx 460 can only do 2 way sli
    Aww damn that's right..
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  • gordo_46
    yeah it a shame that it can only do 2 way sli. We would get 3 way gtx 470 sli level performance at amd radeon power consumption
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  • Nice article. I've made some charts, based on the data in this article, that reflect SLI and CrossFireX scalings. Nvidia's victory is clear cut at 2560 x 1600.

    1920x1200
    http://www.imagebam.com/image/741eca102680169
    2560x1600
    http://www.imagebam.com/image/0295fe102680172
    Also, when it comes to GPU discussions, the comment sections of Tom's and Fudzilla are swarmed by fanboys of 1 certain team. (Can you tell which? It's already obvious here, but much more so at Fudzilla.) Competition is good. Don't downrank comments just because they favor the "other" team.
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  • Twoboxer
    12 million people with WoW subscriptions, new expansion due 12/7/10, lot's of vid cards being bought for that purpose . . . I know its not easy, the format may have to be different, but can you guys consider including WoW in the benching runs?
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  • Yet another reason AMD would be happy to never have board of theirs allow SLI
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