Originally Posted by particleman
It doesn't matter if it is a single "card" solution what is important is if it is a single "chip" solution. Having owned both 280 GTX SLi and 4870 Crossfire from this generation, I am still not very impressed with either multi-gpu solution. With the 4870x2 ATi still has not changed the way that multi-gpu solutions work. Until ATI or nVidia fundamentally change the way multi-gpu on a single card works, whether it is "single card" or not is just symantecs.
Sure for many it does matter it's single card, which saves money on more expensive mobo and should be cheaper two produce than 2 cards.
I also believe the Hd 4870 x2 is technically more advanced than the SLI, Crossfire or the present NVIDIA GX2 solution.
With every new generation we will see even more advancements and developers support but whether some people like it or not I believe the multi chip solution is the future, at least at top performance cards.
In order for NVIdia to have the top performance card and be price competitive they also will have to go the multi chip way.
The GTX 280 chip is way to large therefore NVIDIA has very bad yields. The 55nm shrink is still going to be large so about the same problems. By the time NVIDIA will have 40nm shrink ATI will also have one.
Anyway the main point is that some people like to use this single chip argument mainly to downplay the ATI achievement.
Instead off appreciating that ATI is again very competitive which benefits everybody.
If the card was so bad as some NVIDIA fans like as to believe, NVIDIA would never had a need to slash the prices on 200 cards series so drastically or have a need to regain the performance leadership and that's ALL what this thread is about.