Originally Posted by Destroy
Gah. I keep going back and forth between
GTX280 - $395US
4870x2 - $534US
Being a gfx *****, I always run at max gfx setting at my native res 19x10 4xAA 16xAF.
Only downside I see from ATI is possible HDTV scaling issues at 1080p, slightly poor FSAA compatibility, heat and my PSU(HX520) may not cut it (add another $130 if it fails to deliver).
My brain says buy the x2 but my gut tells me I'll be more hassle free (I hate doing returns and restocking fees just to try) going 280.
Money isn't too much of an issue but it's pushing the limit if I need different PSU.
Knowing all the above, some one make a decision for me.
This is not advice what you should do. You should be able to make up your own mind.
Here as I look at the current situation.
Based strictly on "performance per dollar", the GTX 280 is definitely better deal, thanks to ATI forcing the NVIDIA big price reduction. Anyway based only on the above GTX 260 and HD 4870 is even better deal.
People with smaller monitors using lower resolution for gaming should definitely consider that.
When looking to buy the top performance card the HD 4870 x2 is definitely the winner after so many reviews including users ones I can't believe anybody would still have any doubts about it.
Also it is better solution for higher resolution and high settings.
About the "HDTV scaling issues at 1080p" it will more depend on the HDTV used, have yet find anybody having problem with the Westy HDTV monitors.
Anyway I posted here
how some people at AMD Game Forum found a very simple solution about that. But if the problem is reported in numbers ATI would have to find very fast fix for that.
I'm sure my next upgrade is HD 4870 x2 just waiting for the Nehalem first. Or at least closer to the release day.