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Old 01-28-2008, 08:58 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Overclocking and pushing the QX9650 farther with more stability. Plus, 1600MHz with a sub 6 CAS latency? Gimme!
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I don't wanna stop you if you have made up your mind..but 2 Ultras will still out perform those cards.

The 4th GPU will be almost useless. The 3rd GPU will only do about 15% of the work, and the 4th will do less than 5-10% of the work.

But its your PC. Either way it will be badass.
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Check these bad boy's out:
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Why do you say that? Not to put you off or anything but state your source! heh, CF scales much better then SLI from what I've heard, and it will be much more efficient then what we see today simply because of the fact that the card manages the CF itself, "Plug n' Play!

To be honest, neither of us know what to expect, but I have a feeling that 4 high end GPUs working together will kick some major arse. I still have two weeks before I make the buy, so I may or may not change my mind based on what I hear. Honestly I would prefer nVidia, since I'm more familiar with the nVidia nForce drivers, and the cards themselves. But if I'm going to get better performance and more bragging rights out of this move then that's the way it's going to be.
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Before rushing out and buy the 3870 X2 you should take a look at some reviews and make the decision more wise and convenient for you, theres already a thread with some reviews from several sites, since they didn't link this yet I will post it here so you can check it out later if you want .

AMD-ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 Performance Preview

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After playing second fiddle to the GeForce 8800 GTX and Ultra for nearly a year, AMD is finally back at the high end of the graphics market thanks to the introduction of the Radeon HD 3870 X2. As you just saw in our benchmarks, the card is capable of outperforming the GeForce 8800 Ultra in many cases, but it wasnít a clean sweep for the Radeon 3870 X2. In our testing, the GeForce cards performed better in DX10 apps like Crysis, BioShock, Company of Heroes DX10, and Lost Planet DX10.

In DX9 the tables turned in favor of the Radeon HD 3870 X2: with the exception of Lost Planet DX9 (where CrossFire didnít scale at all), the 3870 X2 outran the GeForce 8800 cards in all of our tests. This included games like Call of Duty 4, Oblivion, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, F.E.A.R., and Company of Heroes with DX9.

If you recall our SLI versus CrossFire tests from last year, youíll remember that DX10 performance was an achilles heel of the Radeon cards in our testing: they put up competitive numbers in DX9 apps, but once a DX10 game was tested, performance began to suffer. At the time we surmised that AMDís DX10 driver was holding them back. It seems like weíre seeing this situation repeat itself again in 2008 with the Radeon 3870 X2. While AMDís drivers have certainly made progress and CrossFire is now scaling properly in a wider range of games than they were four months ago, the performance of their DX10 driver is still playing catch up to DX9 Ė at least thatís how it appears based on our testing.

Drivers are going to be the key to the 3870 X2ís success. Not only are we looking for a little more performance out of AMDís DX10 driver, CrossFire support is going to be important as well. After all, if games arenít designed to scale properly with CrossFire, the 3870 X2 will essentially perform similarly to a conventional Radeon HD 3870 card like the Sapphire 3870 Atomic we just reviewed. AMDís driver team has been working overtime getting CrossFire to scale with games like BioShock and World in Conflict, but going forward itís going to be critical for the 3870 X2 that these games scale properly with CrossFire out-of-the-box. Missing a game here or there is acceptable, but from August through December last year we saw multiple titles that lacked proper CrossFire support on launch. This situation canít be repeated in 2008 if the Radeon HD 3870 X2 is going to succeed.

With an MSRP of $449, the Radeon HD 3870 X2 is a tempting alternative to the GeForce 8800 GTX and Ultra if you find yourself playing a lot of DX9 apps like Call of Duty 4. In these apps, the Radeon HD 3870 X2 is unquestionably the fastest card on the market right now. But if youíre currently playing a mixture of DX9 and DX10 games, you may want to opt for one of the GeForce 8 cards, or wait and see how AMDís DX10 driver matures.

Of course, NVIDIA is expected to launch their latest dual-GPU GX2 card that combines two G92 GPUs onto one board. Of course, we donít know how much the board will cost, but considering the performance that two GeForce 8800 GT cards running in SLI offers today, expect this upcoming GX2 card to be a screamer when it comes to performanceÖ
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