Hardspell says R700 50%-80% better than GTX280
HARDSPELL.COM-The performance of R700 will 80% better than GTX280
This sounds like a bit much, but it's going to be interesting to see.
SKYMTL, is this anywhere near the truth? :ph34r:
What I can say is that the R700 will be very, very fast.
But you're right, that's a huge margin.
But "pretty close to the mark" would be phenomenal performance.
I costed out the cards (well, the 4870 X2 at a theoretical $600ish) along with waterblocks to the following:
4870 X2 + EK Full coverage = $800 (all in, tax + shipping)
BFG GTX 280 H2OC (pretty good clocks here too) - $600 (all in, tax + shipping)
So for me, the question would be: is the performance difference to max out my gaming (1920 x 1200 at full settings in my games) worth that extra $200?
I guess I'll wait and see.
Given what you've just found I would sit and wait just to be safe. Saying that Im sure that BFG GTXWC has some headroom to get 30% more performance than the stock 280-all that without the worries of cf driver issues. Personally Ive invested in a crossfire capable rig so I would love to see some better driver support and scaling for upcoming games.
Wow, all I can say is that I'm glad I evaded the upgrade big and didn't jump for a 4870 right away. 80% is a HUGE margin, even if it comes to half of that, I will still be pretty darn impressed. Gotta love competition!
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