Originally Posted by Vardant
Fully fledged dual GF104 card even with lower frequencies would wipe the floor with HD 5970, easily. Too bad we didn't have this instead of GF100, when it really mattered.
Just imagine, what they really had in store, if this was supposed to be only a mainstream chip. GF100 with 512cores on a good process would be amazing.
Did you read a different review than the one posted? Since I game at 1920x1200, I skimmed through the results at that resolution, and the 5970 has better than 20fps (at the minimum) in 15 of 20 game reviews over the 460's in SLi. It is an impressive setup, I admit, at an amazing price point. $400-425 for a setup that comes that close to the performance of a $700 5970 is just awesome, but since 2-in-1 cards rarely outperform their dual card couterparts, I think your statement is a bit of a stretch.
Originally Posted by JasonPC
SLI almost always scales better than crossfire, it's just how it is. One of the SLI reviews compares it to an HD 5970, which performs about the same as 5850s in crossfire and the 460 almost always outperforms it or is neck and neck with it.
That doesn't quite jive with the results in the aforementioned review. The 5970 was outperforming the 460's in SLi in 15 out of 20 games in the review (@1920x1200).
Don't get me wrong here, the 460's in SLi are definitely an amazing deal (more performance for less money than a GTX480). But your statement makes it sounds like this:
460 = faster than 5850
5970 = 5850x2......
so 460 x 2 = faster than 5970
A 5970 is underclocked 5870's in crossfire, not 5850's.