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Old October 3, 2008, 06:32 AM
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Default What card will stand the test of time.

If you go back 2 years ago(yeah, that far...) the 8800 was the holy grails of cards and even by today's standard still a very good card for the money, IMHO it should last at least another year before it will be required by users to repleace their 8800 by something newer to play recent games at above medium settings.

That will be almost 3 years of service!

If you look at the current offering of cards today, what card on the market or upcoming in the next 2-3 months would be the "new 8800"? I understand this card wont be cheap today but I think I can manage that if it lasts 2-3 years like the 8800 did.

I'll most likely put my 3870+zalman cooler in the wife's computer and treat me for x-mas...
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Old October 3, 2008, 06:52 AM
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If your looking for a card now that will play medium settings in two years then the 4870X2 might work, the GTX280 to a lesser extent. What wont work is any 512mb card I suspect.

I don't think we will see anything like the 8800 again for a while in terms of ability to play the latest games well for so long cw with more recent cards.

GPU's In two years could make the 280GTX and 4870X2 look like a 6800ultra-- that is unless games move away from increasing graphical detail and move to developing more interactive AI characters and surroundings.
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Old October 3, 2008, 09:03 AM
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Futhermore Skyllz given nVidias current position if ATI keeps on top of things its not likely we'll ever see an "8800" variant again. Nvidia enjoyed a very long seat at the top due to ATI previous generation lack luster performance the table has been turned the new ATI cards continue to show lots of promise with each driver release, in crossfire and their ability to run higher AA and AF with great performance.

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Old October 3, 2008, 09:23 AM
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I see... so the fact that the 8800 lasted for so long has more to do with ATI not getting their ass in gear to get some good stuff on the market so Nvidia got lazy and let the wave ride for has long as they could...

Damn...

So... if I really wanted to spend alot I guess a 4870X2 with a crossfire mobo and add a second 4870X2 in a year or 2 to stretch it out?

Damn.. that sounds like alot of money
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Old October 3, 2008, 10:53 AM
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With crossfire X and hybrid CF hopefully you would be able to add another 5870X2 in a couple years to your current build...however that may only be a pipe dream..
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Old October 3, 2008, 02:46 PM
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I would say get a 4870 X2 but don't do Quad fire because you are just wasting money. There isn't a game that a single 4870 X2 can't run maxed settings with reasonable amount of AA at 1920 x 1200. Crysis and Farcry 2 seem to be the most taxing games and they can be played max(I am just guessing for Farcry 2) at 1920 x 1200. Cryteke says they are not making Crysis 2 till 2012 so you have some time. So I think the 4870 X2 should last 2 or 3 years.
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