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We've seen what a Radeon HD 6990 can do when paired with a Radeon HD 6970 for "Tri-Fire" performance. Now it is time to find out what three NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 video cards in 3-Way SLI game like in comparison. We will look at A2A performance comparisons and discuss which setup offers the best gameplay experience.

A few weeks ago there was a pretty large argument here on Overclock.net about the Tri-Fire vs 580 SLI review that HardOCP did, with the Nvidia group crying foul and how the test was unfair, so now they are back with a "fair" fight with this review. Let the fanboy war begin again.

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2011/04/28/nvidia_geforce_3way_sli_radeon_trifire_review
Edited by Alphonze - 4/28/11 at 9:36am
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post #2 of 321
SLI got whacked! But we already know this. tongue.gif

You forgot to add the link though
   
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Why compare 1,000$ to 1,500$?
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Why compare 1,000$ to 1,500$?

They compared $1,000 to 1,000 a few weeks ago with 6970 Tri-fire vs 580 SLI, and when Tri-fire won, you can imagine there was a s*** ton of people crying foul that 3 gpus vs 2 gpus was unfair, so they did this review to "even" the playing field... kind of.
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I find it hilarious that people would argue over ridiculous high end setups like this.

"MY 2000$ GPU SETUP CAN RUN CRYSIS MAXED AT 72 FPS INSTEAD OF YOUR GARBAGE 69 FPS!!!!!!" Is generally what it boils down to.

If you're dropping that much money on GPUs I don't think it's going to make a tangible difference.
    
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Originally Posted by Alphonze;13306492 
They compared $1,000 to 1,000 a few weeks ago with 6970 Tri-fire vs 580 SLI, and when Tri-fire won, you can imagine there was a s*** ton of people crying foul that 3 gpus vs 2 gpus was unfair, so they did this review to "even" the playing field... kind of.

How is it unfair?

nVidia chose to price the GTX 580 at 500$.

Now their fanboys are upset that AMD's offering is superior in price/performance?

Maybe they should be upset at nVidia for over-pricing their products.
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Can we get a direct link to article in OP?

I find it's funny how people complain about 2 GPU's vs 3 GPU's or $1000 vs $1500. Both are valid comparisons- if you have a strict videocard budget of $1000, then obviously 3 SLI isnt an option. If your goal is simply to examine TRI-SLI vs TRI-FIRE to look at scaling, thats fair too. In some dream world where money doesn't exist, I'd be running watercooled overclocked quad-sli gtx580's.
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post #8 of 321
580 triSLI is slower at $500 more... Very surprising.

At first I though it was a CPU bottleneck crippling the triSLI 580s given that they are only using a i7 920 @ 3.6; but they are getting much better frames with the triFire set up with the same CPU so that can't be it. Maybe a vRam bottleneck for the 580s and surround res and 4x AA. That or maybe CFX scaling is just that much better than SLI scaling... thinking.gif

EDIT: Looking more closely, for 3/5 games the SLI and CFX setups give the same FPS so maybe it is a CPU bottleneck after all.
Edited by JCPUser - 4/28/11 at 9:47am
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How is it unfair?

nVidia chose to price the GTX 580 at 500$.

Now their fanboys are upset that AMD's offering is superior in price/performance?

Maybe they should be upset at nVidia for over-pricing their products.

Don't start it, last time the thread was 60 pages long because some people didn't understand how 2 GPUs at $1000 = 3 GPUs at $1000.
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How is it unfair?

nVidia chose to price the GTX 580 at 500$.

Now their fanboys are upset that AMD's offering is superior in price/performance?

Maybe they should be upset at nVidia for over-pricing their products.

I agree with you completely, that was the big debate, it shouldn't be about comparing this many gpus to that many gpus, it should be price vs price, and when ATI dominated the $1,000 price range, some of the Nvidia fanboys started raging about the 3 vs 2. Sad thing is even when it's 3v3 ATI still comes out on top for $500 less.
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