Crossfire VS Sli Questions

By princeton
Mar 5, 2010
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  1. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,699   +586

    Needs more vitriol.....but nice use of litotes.


    With the 50 post cap limit for Techspot's competition there's a wonderful selection of inanity to be had. Nice to see someone sorting the wheat from the chaff....need to buy a bigger scythe.
  2. BMfan

    BMfan TechSpot Guru Posts: 451   +33

    I did a lot of checking around before i went the xfire route and i am glad i did,one of the things i heard was that when one of the cards break you have a spare one till you get the replacement.

    The one thing i don't understand is why you say you don't want AMD because you are building gaming PC,according to the specs of the pc you want to build to could build a top spec AMD rig that would be perfect for gaming.
    People need to stop thinking that they need 250fps for gaming,the human eye can only see about 60fps.
    I would think the optimum range would be about 80fps,which even my cheapish pc can do.
  3. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,986   +66

    They think they need it for the same reasons for which (in some countries) people want to have loudest horns on their vehicles ;)
  4. BMfan

    BMfan TechSpot Guru Posts: 451   +33

    Don't forget with a tune
  5. nismo91

    nismo91 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 989   +6

    lol i like this. even when some ppl got 250fps they dont even have the monitor that supports it.. majority of average monitor still on 60 and 75fps. not sure bout high-end one though.
  6. princeton

    princeton TechSpot Addict Topic Starter Posts: 1,716

    What about ATI drivers? I've heard nvidia has much better driver support numerous times on other forums. Is this true?
  7. BMfan

    BMfan TechSpot Guru Posts: 451   +33

    ATI drivers have improved alot over the years,haven't had a card break once with ati drivers.
  8. princeton

    princeton TechSpot Addict Topic Starter Posts: 1,716

    Ok because driver support was the only reason I was hesitant about ATI. Also why do ati cards like the HD 5870 have like 1600 stream processors and the gtx 295 only has 480 but the gtx 295 is faster. Why are nvidia SPs faster than ATI ones?
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,000   +710

    You tell us.....
  10. BMfan

    BMfan TechSpot Guru Posts: 451   +33

    Of course the 295 will be faster than the 5870,that's like comparing a single card set-up to a xfire\sli set-up.
  11. princeton

    princeton TechSpot Addict Topic Starter Posts: 1,716

    Yah but I didn't want to compareit to the gtx 285 because the 285 already gets beaten by the 5850.

    Wow.. If you don't have something to add to this topic feel free to leave nobodys stopping you.
  12. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    I have no idea where you checked that figure, either that or you're getting seriously ripped off by your FX broker lol. CAD is almost at parity with USD at the moment and it hasn't been close to 1.39 for the last 5 years. I should know, it's my day job ;)

    Regarding the ATI drivers, they have improved greatly over the last few years, I haven't had a single issue with my card since I got it a couple of years ago. They have a monthly update cycle which sometimes bring welcome performance gains.
  13. princeton

    princeton TechSpot Addict Topic Starter Posts: 1,716

    Saw it on my friends windows sidebar gadget. Maybe I'll tell him to delete it ^^. My only concern is because nvidia holds most of the market they licence code to companies. Which means they can work on drivers before the game comes out. Then at launch nvidia has drivers while ATI has to scramble and get a release out.
     
  14. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,909

    Logical conclusion follows:

    GTX 295 is faster because it has fewer processors but they are clocked much higher since they are clocked independently of the core.
  15. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,846   +61

    shader count between ATI and nvidia are not comparable in a 1 to 1 count. the architecture is completely different and they function differently. if you want to compare shader count as a an approximate performance standard between cards. an nvidia 'shader' is roughly 4 ATI shaders.
  16. princeton

    princeton TechSpot Addict Topic Starter Posts: 1,716

    Ok that makes alot of sense.Thanks for your clarification.
  17. BMfan

    BMfan TechSpot Guru Posts: 451   +33

    The reason why nvidia can have there drivers 1st is also that there cards are just slight updates of older cards.
  18. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,000   +710

    Don't tell me you got sucked into this nonsense. It's basically a meeting of the "Latch Key Junior Sociopathic Trolls Club". Any purchase is dependent on the OPs "10 year old brother buying his current card for $200.00. I think that's USD. Our OP apparently doesn't even have the exchange rate correct.
  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,000   +710

    That's 2 double posts today. Take me off the Emachine and I lose it.
  20. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,846   +61

    ...ummm well it seems I was just happening by and ...ah, there was a shader deal ...and ..that is to say, ok I did!
    $200?? why in my day I got a quarter if I did the dishes,took out the garbage, and washed the Galaxy 500.
  21. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,000   +710

    Speaking of Galaxy Fords and such, they just released "Alice", which is basically a reworking of Alice in Wonderland. It may have been a mini-series (3hrs run). But if you enjoy 70's kitsch, have I got a movie for you, fun. Tim Curry's even in it.

    But more to the point, maybe we should send out for Charlie Demerjian's opinion on the shader sitch-e-a-shun.

    Hmmm, Demerjian, Armenian maybe. My son is married to a nice Armenian girl. I call her "Armenian Barbie".
  22. princeton

    princeton TechSpot Addict Topic Starter Posts: 1,716

    Ok just ****ing leave. I don't have the patience for your constant counter productive comments and insults. Go back to the super elitest section of the boards.
  23. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,000   +710

    Here again, you patience or lack thereof does lack a certain relevance. Did you get the $200.00 bucks off your 10 Year old brother yet? See, I'm concerned. Maybe you could borrow it from Charlie Demerjian. Jus' tryin' to help ya know.
  24. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,846   +61

    I will check that out, I think Tim curry is groovy:D

    I dated an Armenian Barbie in high school....she would always drop me off outside of town though...
  25. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,000   +710

    Put Out.....Or Get Out........!

    Yeah well, you have to go through a double secret ancient conversion ceremony before you become an honorary Armenian. If you had, then you would have been able to stay in the car through town. Or as I usually put it, I don't care if it is for my own good, I'll skip the p***** whipping anyway.

    Oh look, an "if, then" logic statement, who sez we're not on topic.

    But even more to the point, how about those darn Nvidia drivers; http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic143989.html ....?
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