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GeForce GTX 580M SLI Vs. Radeon HD 6990M CrossFire

Benchmark Results: Crysis

We know that Metro 2033 is pretty much the new Crysis when it comes to taxing the graphics capabilities of a gaming system. We also know that it doesn’t run at acceptably-high settings on either our mobile CrossFire or SLI configurations. We checked; the system would stall when anti-aliasing was enabled with either graphics set. That leaves us with Crysis as the perennial standard.

A single previous-generation card produces excellent visual quality at low resolutions, but most quality-oriented gamers are going to want to use the panel’s native 1920x1080 resolution. Moreover, processing overhead actually hurts the CrossFire configuration’s frame rates at 1280x720.

If you like High quality details, you’re probably going to need SLI or CrossFire to run 1680x1050. The charts begin to show the results we'd expect now that GPU performance is the greatest bottleneck.

All tested CrossFire and SLI configurations are adequate for playing Crysis at Very High details, 4x AA and 1920x1080 pixels. The newer cards show tangible benefits, but Nvidia’s dwindling performance leadership fails to offset its far higher price.

  • mightymaxio
    Good to see that the performance of the SLI 580m lives up to the name.
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  • burnley14
    I'm amazed that this product even exists. The market for people willing to pay $7k for a behemoth gaming laptop has to be pretty miniscule.
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  • decembermouse
    Come on, AMD, I've seen too many articles like this declaring Nvidia's new solution to be the superior one. We know that AMD's cards tend to be more power-efficient, but that only goes so far for some people. Keep that advantage certainly, but become more competitive with overall performance as well.
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  • aznshinobi
    Do you really need this much performance in a laptop, I curious. A GTX 560M could run most games on medium-high anyways (on a laptop) those laptops run about $1100, the saved money could get you a beast SB-E or BD comp and then some left for the college fund.
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  • Crashman
    aznshinobiDo you really need this much performance in a laptop, I curious. A GTX 560M could run most games on medium-high anyways (on a laptop) those laptops run about $1100, the saved money could get you a beast SB-E or BD comp and then some left for the college fund.Do you really think so? Because 1920x1080 seems to be a fairly popular resolution for 17" notebooks, and a single GTX 580M appears barely-adequate for medium-settings at that resolution. Well, maybe a single HD 6990M would do. That's why the article suggested the HD 6990M might be a top solution for slightly smaller notebooks, aka "normal sized" 17" notebooks.
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  • _Pez_
    how long until battery run out of energy ? 25 minutes of gaming ? LOL
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  • Phyrexiancure
    Wow, this is light years better than my desktop.
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  • iam2thecrowe
    377W lol, that needs a big ass AC Adaptor!
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  • Crashman
    iam2thecrowe377W lol, that needs a big ass AC Adaptor!Remember that's input wattage FOR the adapter. The output was STILL less than 300W. These high-capacity power bricks are far from being 80-Plus Gold rated!
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  • Todd Sauve
    CrashmanDo you really think so? Because 1920x1080 seems to be a fairly popular resolution for 17" notebooks, and a single GTX 580M appears barely-adequate for medium-settings at that resolution. Well, maybe a single HD 6990M would do. That's why the article suggested the HD 6990M might be a top solution for slightly smaller notebooks, aka "normal sized" 17" notebooks.
    This entire article is eminently STUPID! Who is going to spend that kind of money on a notebook simply so they can play games on it?

    And is there a human being on this planet that can make use of a resolution like 1920x1080 on a 17" notebook screen in order to play games?

    It is little wonder that the rest of the world finds us degenerate when we will indulge ourselves with toys like this, and at such a scandalous price, while millions of our fellow human beings are simply starving to death as we speak ... ;(
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