Originally Posted by shadow001
1:8800GT's in SLI.(now 300$ for 2 cards)
2:8800GTS in SLI.(prices are all over the place)
3:9800GTX's in SLI(now 400$)
4:9800GTX+ in SLI(460$)
5:9800GX2 for non SLI users(480$)
All of the above combinations are either only a hair below the GTX280's overall performance,or can even beat a single GTX280 by a fair margin(9800GTX+ in SLI),and still cost anywhere from 180$ less to 350$ less,so why choose a GTX280 again?
Its for people who want a complete smooth gaming experience without the stuttering and other issues from SLI.
Also the GTX 280 is for people who wish to game at high res with lots of AA and AF, a situation that would make any of your above SLI solutions fall flat on their faces due to the much smaller bus and less ram.