Originally Posted by MrSavoy
Not accurate at all.
Gtx 470's easily beat 5850's for one thing and for two in sli 470's routinely come in neck and neck with 5870cf or slightly above or below and easily beat a 5970 and 5850 cf. Check your benchmarks again.
SLI is a moot point for me. I've done it a few times and its been nothing but trouble and micro sssssttuttterrr... only Single GPUs for me from here on out.
and....why would you trust canadians?? Oh cause they gave you the result you wanted to see...
Things really equal out between the GeForce GTX 470 and Radeon HD 5850. We were able to play at 2560x1600 with 8X MSAA on both video cards, no fancy Supersampling AA at this resolution. In this "apples-to-apples" highest gameplay setting scenario, the Radeon HD 5850 is edging out with slightly faster framerates.
HD5850 edges out the 470 GTX in DiRT 2. The GTX 470 doesn't easily beat the 5850.
Starting from the bottom up, we would say the least relevant video card is the GeForce GTX 470. In all our gameplay testing today, not once did the GeForce GTX 470 provide a superior gameplay experience compared to the Radeon HD 5850, even in Metro 2033. In fact, performance was very close between both video cards, and in some cases the Radeon HD 5850 proved to provide faster framerates. Looking strictly at performance, these video cards are equal.
My GPUs are always water cooled so the stock fan noise is also a moot point.