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Old 06-23-08, 02:36 AM   #39
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Default Re: Will Radeon HD 4870 turn up the heat on the GTX 280?

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Originally Posted by pizzaguy View Post
You have no clue as to what you are talking about and are completely missing the point by buying into the bs from the reviews which do nothing but show you the peak FPS rather than the average FPS and Min FPS. This is where the GTX 280 is miles and miles ahead of any SLI solution, a few guys here that have upgraded from the GX2 will gladly tell you what a better and much smoother gaming experience is provided to them by the GTX 280 over the GX2.

Let us not forget as well that the GTX 280 is on launch drivers while the GX2 on the other hand is on drivers that have had time to mature and optimize.

Also you are neglecting to acknowledge the fact that the GTX 280 has a major advantage over the GX2 with its much broader memory bus and more usable ram. Both of these factors will help the GTX 280 in high res situations with lots of AA and AF applied. Here is an example of what happens when the GX2 runs out of memory-





I do agree that the GTX 280 is overpriced but I am not to blind to see the obvious advantages that the GTX 280 has over any current G92 sli setup and you are only fooling yourself if you really think that the GX2 is the better card.
I find it odd that you chose WiC as the proof for your argument. RTSs don't need much more than 30fps to be very playable.

You're argument about hi-res + lots of AA and AF hold true though- the GTX280 will pull ahead in those situations... but to be clear hi-res is really 1920x1200 and above. At 1680x1050 and lower the GTX280 is an absolute waste of money. Heck, my dual 640MB GTSs barely stuttered even with Crysis playing at 1680x1050 w/2xAA, 16xAF, and all in-game options on "High". The GTX 280 wouldn't yield nearly enough gain to justify its price in this scenerio. I'd be better off dropping another 9600GT in my current rig than I would be to purchase the GTX280 right now.

When it comes to performance at the highest resolutions with the highest AA and AF settings, nVidia won this round. But the people gaming with such needs make up maybe 1% of the total PC enthusiast market. The rest of the PC Gaming crowd will be far more wise to invest in an HD4800 based setup as these cards offer significantly greater cost/performance ratio.
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