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http://hardocp.com/article/2011/05/1..._nvidia_vs_amd

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Wanting to achieve the best gameplay experience possible is a worthy goal for hardware enthusiasts that play video games. Enthusiasts try to obtain this by taking what they have and pushing the hardware to its limits in order to squeeze out every bit of performance the hardware is capable of. For gamers on a budget, or those looking for the best value, or bang for the buck, these type of tweaks provide performance improvements resulting in a better gaming experience for "free."

What if money wasn't a concern? What if you wanted to plop down all the cash that is required to own the best possible performing video card configuration for gaming with no tweaking? There would only be two options right now that would give you the best possible performance, and that is a Quad-GPU configuration from NVIDIA or AMD. While most gamers enjoy performance with one GPU, sometimes it just isn't enough. NVIDIA's and AMD's solution to this problem is to throw more GPUs at you and hope it does what you need.





















Edited by FLCLimax - 5/20/11 at 4:54am
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looks like the 6990's blew the 590 apart tho im curious about the 6990 Xfire Heat..
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GTX 590s seem to do better when tessellation is heavily implemented(Metro 2033) so it may be more relevant in the future than the 6990s are provided DX11 makes strides into our games.

And before you claim that 'by the time tessellation makes a significant difference, something else better will be out' that doesn't mean these cards won't suddenly stop being useful. Heck, the 9800GX2 can still play most games on their highest settings and it's 3+ years old.
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Not surprising that the HD6990 destroyed the GTX590 (at these resolution) with the latest drivers, but I'm curious why the GTX590 are dropping so heavily. Plus I'd like to see all the games in 1920*1080 res since its the most common one.
Edited by CULLEN - 5/20/11 at 5:11am
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Not surprising that the HD6990 destroyed the GTX590 with the latest drivers, but I'm curious why the GTX590 are dropping so heavily. Plus I'd like to see all the games in 1920*1080 res since its the most common one.
4 GPUs @ 1080p.....

Anybody running that is very rich or very foolish.
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nvm
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Crazy amount of power draw...

One thing I noticed is that, in Metro 2033, even though the 590s have the highest average fps, the 6990 has a substantially higher minimum fps. 35 vs 14.
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It shouldn't be a surprise that the card with the +200mhz and more vram will get better results. Its obvious.
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It shouldn't be a surprise that the card with the +200mhz and more vram will get better results. Its obvious.
Which also is cheaper
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Im happy enough with my 580 lightning sli
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