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While most of what they say is true, it is VERY clearly evident how biased they are towards Nvidia. If you read their footnotes and comments throughout the article, you can easily tell which team they favor. For example, in BF3 where the GTX 680s were sluggish and unplayable with 2x or 4x AA, they downplayed the disadvantage by saying that the following games weren't sluggish with AA. Also, in the Power Consumption section, they downplay the advantage in some titles that the 7970 setup achieved by passing it off as bad scaling and that all of the GPUs weren't being utilized. This may be the case partially, but it seems that they did nothing but make excuses for Nvidia when they were outperformed.
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Wow, the 7970 got spanked. Drivers are an issue, despite what some say.

Not quite. They were using Pre-release drivers merely to conform within the parameters of their review. They chose to force multi-monitor gaming WITH Tri-fire, and thus had to use obsolete drivers to do so. The performance comparison is nil in this situation. Using the latest Beta Nvidia drivers vs. Pre-release AMD drivers, OF COURSE the scaling is going to be horrid for AMD.

If they had done some testing @ 2560x1600 with the latest AMD drivers, things would be MUCH closer. Oh and don't forget, there's up to 400mhz of room to OC on the 7970s as well. Would've been nice if they included an "Overclocking" section as well, to gauge performance when OC'd. I'll bet even with shoddy drivers, the 7970s would've pulled damn close to the 680s.

I own both 3 7970s AND 4 GTX 680s, and yes I have the 4 680s in my PC atm, BUT I'm also considering selling them, as I've had some stability issues that I never had with my 7970s. There is also some severe scaling issues with the 680s that have yet to be corrected. For example, I barely pull 50% per GPU on the 680s @ 2560x1440 4xAA. While it's still more than playable, there is no excuse for such low utilization when my 7970s were screaming at 99% the entire time and feeding me all the frames they could churn out. The 680s do a good job, but there's no reason why 4 680s should drop anywhere near 60 fps at this resolution, especially OC'd to 1250-1300mhz boost clock with a 3930k @ 4.8ghz.

With the recent drop in price on the 7970s, its easy to find them for 400 or less used and nice aftermarket models on ebay for a little more. It's tempting, as I'm an overclocker at heart. I'm also concerned about the 2GB of VRAM and it's degree of being future proof. All it would take is ONE new blockbuster release like BF3 that uses more than 2GB to render them obsolete IMO. Whats the use of having all of this rendering power if it can't be taken advantage of? In my opinion, the 680s should've been released with 4GB at the start. It's not like memory is in short supply.
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Not quite. They were using Pre-release drivers merely to conform within the parameters of their review. They chose to force multi-monitor gaming WITH Tri-fire, and thus had to use obsolete drivers to do so. The performance comparison is nil in this situation. Using the latest Beta Nvidia drivers vs. Pre-release AMD drivers, OF COURSE the scaling is going to be horrid for AMD.
If they had done some testing @ 2560x1600 with the latest AMD drivers, things would be MUCH closer. Oh and don't forget, there's up to 400mhz of room to OC on the 7970s as well. Would've been nice if they included an "Overclocking" section as well, to gauge performance when OC'd. I'll bet even with shoddy drivers, the 7970s would've pulled damn close to the 680s.
I own both 3 7970s AND 4 GTX 680s, and yes I have the 4 680s in my PC atm, BUT I'm also considering selling them, as I've had some stability issues that I never had with my 7970s. There is also some severe scaling issues with the 680s that have yet to be corrected. For example, I barely pull 50% per GPU on the 680s @ 2560x1440 4xAA. While it's still more than playable, there is no excuse for such low utilization when my 7970s were screaming at 99% the entire time and feeding me all the frames they could churn out. The 680s do a good job, but there's no reason why 4 680s should drop anywhere near 60 fps at this resolution, especially OC'd to 1250-1300mhz boost clock with a 3930k @ 4.8ghz.
With the recent drop in price on the 7970s, its easy to find them for 400 or less used and nice aftermarket models on ebay for a little more. It's tempting, as I'm an overclocker at heart. I'm also concerned about the 2GB of VRAM and it's degree of being future proof. All it would take is ONE new blockbuster release like BF3 that uses more than 2GB to render them obsolete IMO. Whats the use of having all of this rendering power if it can't be taken advantage of? In my opinion, the 680s should've been released with 4GB at the start. It's not like memory is in short supply.

Well then, is it safe to say this review shouldn't have come out yet? If the drivers (I knew they were using pre-release drivers, it even said so in the review) aren't ready for Eyefinity, what is the point in even conducting a review? It doesn't seem to make sense.

Oh, and I'm not a fan of either side (I just buy what fits my needs) so you don't have to say you own both tongue.gif Also, IIRC, GK110 will have 4GB of VRAM (rumor of course) so, maybe you could wait for that like I am.
Edited by vikingsteve - 4/25/12 at 3:02pm
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No offense but if you buy 4 GPUs from either manufacturer you should expect bad scaling. It's always been like that. Tri-fire/sli has always been the sweet spot in terms of scaling and eliminating Microstutter.
    
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Not quite. They were using Pre-release drivers merely to conform within the parameters of their review. They chose to force multi-monitor gaming WITH Tri-fire, and thus had to use obsolete drivers to do so. The performance comparison is nil in this situation. Using the latest Beta Nvidia drivers vs. Pre-release AMD drivers, OF COURSE the scaling is going to be horrid for AMD.
If they had done some testing @ 2560x1600 with the latest AMD drivers, things would be MUCH closer. Oh and don't forget, there's up to 400mhz of room to OC on the 7970s as well. Would've been nice if they included an "Overclocking" section as well, to gauge performance when OC'd. I'll bet even with shoddy drivers, the 7970s would've pulled damn close to the 680s.
I own both 3 7970s AND 4 GTX 680s, and yes I have the 4 680s in my PC atm, BUT I'm also considering selling them, as I've had some stability issues that I never had with my 7970s. There is also some severe scaling issues with the 680s that have yet to be corrected. For example, I barely pull 50% per GPU on the 680s @ 2560x1440 4xAA. While it's still more than playable, there is no excuse for such low utilization when my 7970s were screaming at 99% the entire time and feeding me all the frames they could churn out. The 680s do a good job, but there's no reason why 4 680s should drop anywhere near 60 fps at this resolution, especially OC'd to 1250-1300mhz boost clock with a 3930k @ 4.8ghz.
With the recent drop in price on the 7970s, its easy to find them for 400 or less used and nice aftermarket models on ebay for a little more. It's tempting, as I'm an overclocker at heart. I'm also concerned about the 2GB of VRAM and it's degree of being future proof. All it would take is ONE new blockbuster release like BF3 that uses more than 2GB to render them obsolete IMO. Whats the use of having all of this rendering power if it can't be taken advantage of? In my opinion, the 680s should've been released with 4GB at the start. It's not like memory is in short supply.

It would also need to have the bandwidth to utilize 4GB. So whats the deal with AMD and drivers? Why do they have to use Pre-Release drivers?

Edit: I have never had a since CF problem in my life. Partly was due to the smart time i bough the Second GPU. I bought my Second HD 4870 1GB 8 months after it came out, Bout my Second HD 6970 ~ 7 months after it came out and got HD 6990 ~ September 2011. Doing so i never played the waiting game for driver to come and fix CF problems for games that where already out. Its also much better to buy a singe GPU and upgrade after 6 months if you need more power. You save money and Driver problems.
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Not quite. They were using Pre-release drivers merely to conform within the parameters of their review. They chose to force multi-monitor gaming WITH Tri-fire, and thus had to use obsolete drivers to do so. The performance comparison is nil in this situation. Using the latest Beta Nvidia drivers vs. Pre-release AMD drivers, OF COURSE the scaling is going to be horrid for AMD.
If they had done some testing @ 2560x1600 with the latest AMD drivers, things would be MUCH closer.

You do realize that it was IMPOSSIBLE FOR THEM TO USE any drives besides the one they used? They could not have tested them with the latest drivers.

That is ridiculous that a card has been out almost half a year and still DOES NOT have support for high resolutions which it is meant for in 3-4 card setups.doh.gif
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Well then, is it safe to say this review shouldn't have come out yet? If the drivers (I knew they were using pre-release drivers, it even said so in the review) aren't ready for Eyefinity, what is the point in even conducting a review? It doesn't seem to make sense.
Oh, and I'm not a fan of either side (I just buy what fits my needs) so you don't have to say you own both tongue.gif Also, IIRC, GK110 will have 4GB of VRAM (rumor of course) so, maybe you could wait for that like I am.

Your using a 8800GT and your going to wait for a GK110?
Tell me this isn't the last time you upgraded your card going from a 8800 to even a 280 would be a big improvement biggrin.gif
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You do realize that it was IMPOSSIBLE FOR THEM TO USE any drives besides the one they used? They could not have tested them with the latest drivers.
That is ridiculous that a card has been out almost half a year and still DOES NOT have support for high resolutions which it is meant for in 3-4 card setups.doh.gif

It's been out a little over 3 months. Let's not act like Nvidia or AMD ever have good drivers for 3 and 4 card setups.
    
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It's been out a little over 3 months. Let's not act like Nvidia or AMD ever have good drivers for 3 and 4 card setups.

Also its such a small part of people that use this setups. Its like asking for a 1000HP car to go off-road and be reliable. They should focus more time in Dual GPUs and Single GPUs.
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Not quite. They were using Pre-release drivers merely to conform within the parameters of their review. They chose to force multi-monitor gaming WITH Tri-fire, and thus had to use obsolete drivers to do so. The performance comparison is nil in this situation. Using the latest Beta Nvidia drivers vs. Pre-release AMD drivers, OF COURSE the scaling is going to be horrid for AMD.
If they had done some testing @ 2560x1600 with the latest AMD drivers, things would be MUCH closer. Oh and don't forget, there's up to 400mhz of room to OC on the 7970s as well. Would've been nice if they included an "Overclocking" section as well, to gauge performance when OC'd. I'll bet even with shoddy drivers, the 7970s would've pulled damn close to the 680s.
I own both 3 7970s AND 4 GTX 680s, and yes I have the 4 680s in my PC atm, BUT I'm also considering selling them, as I've had some stability issues that I never had with my 7970s. There is also some severe scaling issues with the 680s that have yet to be corrected. For example, I barely pull 50% per GPU on the 680s @ 2560x1440 4xAA. While it's still more than playable, there is no excuse for such low utilization when my 7970s were screaming at 99% the entire time and feeding me all the frames they could churn out. The 680s do a good job, but there's no reason why 4 680s should drop anywhere near 60 fps at this resolution, especially OC'd to 1250-1300mhz boost clock with a 3930k @ 4.8ghz.
With the recent drop in price on the 7970s, its easy to find them for 400 or less used and nice aftermarket models on ebay for a little more. It's tempting, as I'm an overclocker at heart. I'm also concerned about the 2GB of VRAM and it's degree of being future proof. All it would take is ONE new blockbuster release like BF3 that uses more than 2GB to render them obsolete IMO. Whats the use of having all of this rendering power if it can't be taken advantage of? In my opinion, the 680s should've been released with 4GB at the start. It's not like memory is in short supply.

Which drivers are you using? With 301.25 I can get all four of my GTX 680's up to 99% utilization at 2560x1600 in many games. With DOF enabled in Witcher 2 with everything max, it puts a serious hurt on even 4x GPU's and I get around 75 FPS.

Not to mention Surround loves 3-4 680's and they run great.
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