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Dual Nvidia or ATI?

By kmatthews24
Sep 7, 2010
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  1. Looking into a new desktop setup would it be better to go with:

    dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 - 2GB

    or

    ATI Radeon HD 5870 - 2GB - ASUS ROG MATRIX Design

    both come out to around the same price +/- $10.
     
  2. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,258

    Performance is with the SLI nvidia setup by a large margin. Whether that margin is going to be noticeable depends on the screen resolution you're gaming at.

    A couple of other things to take into account are:
    Connectivity -extra PCIe power connections involved in multi-card usage
    Driver support. If you are the kind of person that needs to play the game on the day it's released then multi-GPU driver profiles (of either SLI or Crossfire) typically lag behind those of single cards. Not an issue if you play the games a couple of weeks after release.
     

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