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Old 09-26-2008, 05:30 PM   #1
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Default HD 4870 X2 VS GTX 280 SSC Edition VS GTX 260's in SLI

The topic pretty much says it all

I'm buidling a rig and I need to know which one of those 3 options would benefit me in gaming the most

HD 4870 X2
Newegg.com - DIAMOND 4870X2PE52G Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB 512-bit (256-Bit x 2) GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
GeForce GTX 280 SUPERCLOCKED EDITION
Newegg.com - EVGA 01G-P3-1284-AR GeForce GTX 280 SSC Edition 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
GeForce GTX 260's x2 RUNNING IN SLI
Newegg.com - PNY VCGGTX260XPB GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Before You guys start recommending other options - plz note that these cards that I listed limit my budget and i will not go any higher.
Thx a lot for Your input
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Old 09-26-2008, 05:46 PM   #2
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Default Re: HD 4870 X2 VS GTX 280 SSC Edition VS GTX 260's in SLI

Anandtech compare all three solutions here.

I'd go with the HD 4870 X2 because:

- It's basically two HD 4870 1GB's in CF. A single HD 4870 512MB is slightly faster than a single GTX 260, so two HD 4870 1GB's will only widen the gap.
- It's a single card, and it doesn't take up two PCI-E slots. You don't need a god awful Nvidia motherboard to run it and it doesn't take up as much space.
- It's the most awesome card ever.

EDIT: Anandtech used Catalyst 8.8 in that review. 8.9 is now out and offers a few performance improvements especially in a CF configuration (like the X2).
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Old 09-26-2008, 05:59 PM   #3
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Default Re: HD 4870 X2 VS GTX 280 SSC Edition VS GTX 260's in SLI

ok I finally decided on the 4870 X2 :-)
ty for your input
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