Can a pair of sub-$200 video cards outperform a $500+ monster? What happens if two $500+ monsters team up? The Tech Report has a look.
580 SLI is truly staggering, never before have I seen such a godlike setup. Scaling is excellent. It's also very good for AMD people to get the performance of a 580 for less with CFX 6850s, but then again you run into the driver problems that will inevitably show up. When the 480 dropped, the performance was on par or a little above the 5870. And now look how far drivers have gone, the 480 pulled WAY ahead and now the 470 is competing with the 5870. I think the 580 drivers will mature a bit and give it even more performance, nVidia is good with software and driver support for their cards. Still nice to know consumers have options, if you don't like to mess with dual cards then there is a card for you. If you don't mind keeping up with drivers then dual card solutions are great as well. I personally have had dual card and single card setups and I prefer single card. To quote the article, "Finally, the performance of two GeForce GTX 580 cards in SLI is well and truly bitchin'." I cannot wait until the 69xx. Things will get very heated in both green camp and red camp, all that means is that the consumer has many more choices to choose from. It truly is a great time to be a PC gamer. I myself will always stick with nVidia but competition is good! :D
Without competition, there would be no need to improve there products as much, or increase their performance as much either.
Very impressive results, the performance of this card is quite amazing, especially the SLI scaling, but truth be told, unless you are gaming at 2560x1600, there is no need for this card or SLI'ing it. Even at 1920x1080/1200, it is still overkill in most games. However, definitely a good choice if you decide to run 2 or more monitors. I can't wait to see what AMD is coming out with, and let the competition begin. They only released their mid/high cards at the moment, while Nvidia has the enthusiast end out. What will Nvidia come up with to compete with the lower end cards AMD has out now? That is where the money making battle will be. Truly, good times to be a PC gamer, hardware wise.
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