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Old 10-09-08, 02:56 PM   #33
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Default Re: 9800 GX2 or GTX 260?

The GTX 260 is slower in AVG FPS. But percieved FPS might be slightly different. On AVG multi GPU solutuions offer a lower percieved frame per second than a single GPU due to inconsistencies in inter-frame-delays. The 9800GX2 h real big weaknesses when compared to the GTX 260. It doesnt have the improved geometry shader and power management functions. But the even The largest problem is the 9800GX2 is limited to 512 megs of memory. And has shortened the lifespan of the solution tremendously. Above 1680x1050 with over 4xAA you will easily spill over the 9800GX2's memory and then you will suffer tremendous micro stuttering. The 9800GTX cards have the same problem. The severity of the 512 meg problem depends largely on how much AA you are accustomed too or how high your resolution is. At 1920x1200 with no AA or 2xAA the 9800GX2 is extremely viable performing piece of hardware. But memory consumption is going up. Not down. For longetivity the GTX 260 is simply a better long term investment.
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