Originally Posted by snowmanwithahat
You know, you really misinterpreted my response if you believe that I was complaining.
I really don't think there's any value in comparing 2 sli'd cards when they're target market is tiers below the other card.
For example... you don't see any reviews pitting sli 460's directly against crossfire'd 5870's.... different tiers
UNLESS nvidia decides to build a dual-gpu fermi card out of these 460's.... in which case it's going to be pretty darn underpowered. A dual-gpu card really needs to be built out of 470 GF100 cores.... which probably won't happen since they're extremely ineffecient compared to 460 cores.
They had a hell of a winner with teh 460 but its primary competition is a 5830, a very weak card in comparison to the 5870 cores used in a 5970
Also keeping in mind that ATI's HD6000 series is due in september/october,which will be an entire lineup of cards and faster than the current HD5000 series across the board(remains to be seen how much faster of course),and only now has Nvidia come out with a really good GPU in the form of the GF104,in terms of power consumption and performance and even allow a dual GPU card,to fight cards released 8 to 10 months ago by ATI.
I hope i'm wrong,i really do,but i think Nvidia are going to have a really tough time competing for the next long while,as ATI has the option to make their chips larger and having a bigger transistor budget with this HD6000 series,as the Cypress chip is only 334mm^ in it's current form and they use alot less power than Fermi.
The high end version of fermi is already over 500mm^ at 40nm and is power hungry,so major changes to that can only happen when 28nm is ready from either TSMC or global foundries,and that won't happen till the end of next year,so i don't see a rosy picture at least for another year for Nvidia here.....ATI is giving them hell basically.