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post #61 of 168
I don't understand how AMD lost performance this round; it performs better on the last test.
It would also be much more interesting to see 3x 6970's on 16/16/8, but at this point I'd say 580's would still be an overall victor, as they really ought to be. That said, it's not by a large enough margin to justify the price, in my opinion. Opinions are really what it boils down to now, though.

No one does thorough enough testing. Makes me want to start a real review website.
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Well wadda you know!
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Well an interesting read. They have come off their ridiculously high-horse against nVidia and it sounds like the conclusion was much more even tempered (less biased to one or the other.)

DA2 is the VRAM limitation though/driver optimizations.

I anticipate the AMD had lower scores as all the benchmarks I have seen have lower Combined scores in 3DMark11 with a SandyBridge than i7 9xx processors, especially 970/980/990s.

It would be better to have gone back a notch and just switched the CPU to a 980x or OCed the original to 4.2~4.3 GHz on the other i7 platform and made sure there was PCI-e bandwidth for 3 cards.
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post #64 of 168
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Originally Posted by UNOE;13368413 
The numbers are in it WAS limited by the CPU. But this is on tri SLI. One card would not be limited and two GPU's limit would likely be around 4.0Ghz for best performance on any game. You have to realize the GPU uses the CPU to feed it information. Just cause a game isn't at all limited by the CPU the CPU may be limiting the GPU's in multi GPU rigs. But again what was supprising was AMD wasn't as limited by the CPU.

I understand what you are saying and I agree with you in light of recent evidence of course. What I was trying to express was that it is not surprising that [H] had not tested it this way previously and assumed it was just a lack of further practical effectiveness on the engine's end.
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post #65 of 168
Obviously an Nvidia GPU is going to work better on an NForce chipset, and CrossfireX is going to work better on a AMD chipset.
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post #66 of 168
Quote:
Originally Posted by SIMPSONATOR;13369609 
Obviously an Nvidia GPU is going to work better on an NForce chipset, and CrossfireX is going to work better on a AMD chipset.

X58 and P67 are intel chipsets tongue.gif


i still wish we could rerun the original one but with the 920 at a higher clockspeed, it would show us how much gains were from the new cpu and from the additional pcie bandwidth
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Originally Posted by Blindsay;13369628 
X58 and P67 are intel chipsets tongue.gif


i still wish we could rerun the original one but with the 920 at a higher clockspeed, it would show us how much gains were from the new cpu and from the additional pcie bandwidth

He is referring to the nf200 chipset that is being used.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Blindsay;13369628 
X58 and P67 are intel chipsets tongue.gif


i still wish we could rerun the original one but with the 920 at a higher clockspeed, it would show us how much gains were from the new cpu and from the additional pcie bandwidth


I said they should have used high end X58, instead of that msi ghetto board, but nooooooo, noone listened

so now they have Tri-fire with Editors Choice - GOLD MEDAL - Enthusiast GOLD AWARD being rolled over by Nvidia.

honesty and listening to readers is nice and all, but it makes them look a bit noobie
post #69 of 168
Quote:
Originally Posted by Blindsay;13369628 
i still wish we could rerun the original one but with the 920 at a higher clockspeed, it would show us how much gains were from the new cpu and from the additional pcie bandwidth

The only way to test on the x58 platform is with a better mobo like an Asus Rampage III ( The MSI eclypse was released May 2009 and has the x4 issue on the 3rd card ) and with a 980x clocked @ 4.4 to take out the CPU bottlenecks out of the equation.

This way, the 3 580 cards will run @ (x16 x8 x8), while the 2 AMD cards will run @ x16 x16.
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Well this review made a little more sense. Nvidia should have the high-end award, although AMD has much better value. If you were going to be going that high end, the 3GB 580 has to be a must. In that regard, the 1.5GB 580 is kind of bad at triple monitors. People want to be running some AA.

However, 3GB cards cost about $100 USD more than the 1.5GB cards. That just makes the Nvidia solution much more expensive. It is a big price to pay for cards that will lose half their value in one year.
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