Originally Posted by Artikbot
I was quite impressed when they said they were releasing a dual 580. My impression was greatly let down once I saw how low the clocks were, and how it would self combust.
Then again the extreme noise and bad thermals of the 6990 didn't make me get a good impression from AMD that round, either.
I think dual GPU cards are doomed by themselves. Sure, they have their niche places such as ITX builds... But let's be honest, what's the amount of sales that represents.
This is so full of /facepalm it's beyond belief.
Firstly, Sweclockers blew up their own card. Failed to READ a press release that arrived BEFORE the card even hit their door...And then created an entire world of nonsense and rumors around that situation...There are a HANDFUL of cases of people "combusting" that card, all were people who over-volted the card. So please, eradicate that thought from your brain, entirely.
We're overclockers and you're talking about bad thermals? On a dual core'd single PCB? Is this really a discussion here? -- Honestly the 6990 was never meant for air...In fact, samples were sent for WB's before vendors even got the initial sample run because they wanted overclockers to have immediate access to water-blocks and the like...
Actually, that's a misnomer. These cards have sold out every launch because they're convenient.
As a system builder, I can throw together an ITX machine with Quad-Gpu's (2x duals) and it out-performs most PC's at a significantly less heat index, taking up 1/2 the space.
I have 3 machines in Iraq right now, all are used by soldiers and not only do the ITX builds last longer in the harsher environments, they perform better because they generally take up less surface area.
Again, I sell out of dual-core GPU's LONG BEFORE I sell out of singles. I still have Titans in stock for customers...I don't have a single dual-core beyond a month after each launch -- I think most vendors would agree.
Unfortunately, there are 2 realities.
1) No dual core will ever actually be a 3.0 -- Meaning you won't get the same performance from a dual core as you would an SLI pair OC'd. (1 per card, 1.5 OC, 1.5x2 = 3.0) A dual core card at most will realize maybe 2.2-2.3 max...
2) Ignorant people blow them up and create general misinformation that makes its way to the public. For example, the 590's. -- I'm pointing a finger at you Sweclockers.
Once you get through all of the lies/BS/Rumors surrounding these cards and "blowing them up", they actually serve a very strong purpose in the industry so, hopefully they'll continue on.