Originally Posted by Bee_Dee_3_Dee
I think u nailed it. I believe the Release Notes said something like, 30% improvement for Crysis:Warhead for those ppl using SLI
So that's why you said,
Well I'll ignore that and stick with what u said after that,
Well in the original post you referred to the 480GTX, so that is what I answered to in that post. 480GTX performs a little better than 5870. Therefore I expect that 480GTX SLI to perform a 2*(a little bit better) than 5870 Crossfire or 5970. But that doesn't change the fact that there is a theoretical maximum of SLI/CF configs being 100% faster than a single card, and in practice it's more like 80% on mature drivers on average. Right now 480GTX SLI doesn't scale like that because it is beaten by 5850CF and 5970 when it should win every single time because one 480GTX beats everything else in the single-gpu department.
So you see, it doesn't really change my original opinion, that 480GTX base performance over 5970 (which I don't expect to change very much) isn't significant enough to justify the power drainage, temperatur and price and SLI isn't going to change that even when they optimize it to run as it should for a dual GPU solution
However I do see a big potential for the Fermi technology in terms of revisions and further development, and I am excited about the tesselation performance, so as mentioned I will be following Fermi refreshes with great interest
Then again it remains to be seen what ATi's next move is. They have certainly had the time to prepare for Fermi and they've been in a comfortable position for a while.