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Ill keep it simple. SLI vs X-fire. I know there is many posts like this, but i want people opinions as well as stating my own.

What do you think would be more future proof? Who would survive the tech wars
Personally i think SLI even though im an ATI fanboy and have always gone with the ATI cards. I sli''d once back in the 7950 days but i moved on.

So what do you think?
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post #2 of 10
Crossfire scales better so i would imagine its only going to get better. However i think it all depends on the cards if nvidia makes a 10times better card i don't think crossfires superior scaling will help. I think its impossible to future proof.
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Ha Thats a Myth there's no such thing
    
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lol Nothing is ever future proof, and now people are thinking about the 9XXX cards, even if you have 8800. Though, some say, the 9XXX will not really make a difference from the 8800.

Crossfire = more performance as I heard it.
But I still like SLI better, since I have only been using NVIDIA cards.

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post #5 of 10
i wouldn't waste money on either one i always stick with a single GFX card that is powerful.
and and by future proof do you mean that having being able to max out graphics all the way on every game till the end of the year um no then i would say neither. but if you are talking about future proof in the sense that will it be able to render the games coming out a year and a half from now sure but not maxed out.
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I'd stick with one too, and I'm not such a hard gamer, so I prefer just one.

Depends on your needs, I guess. Unless you have the money to spend, you can do whatever you want.

8800GTX, my dream. Could be yours too.
I'm actually thinking about getting the HD 3870 X2.
    
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I would be stuck deciding because You can get a monster 3-way SLI but that is expensive and you have to get an expensive motherboard but the new HD3870 X2 Looks amazing and imagine X-firing that I have a normal single HD3870 and it is amazing so I would probably go with X-Fire (If you can X-fire a 3870 X2 if you can't then 3-way SLI)
    
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There is no such thing as futureproof, I mean look at the old 8800GTS, many people bought them for $300+ for the 640mb versions and then along comes the 8800GT at $240 to blow them out of the water! And lets not forget the 2900 series...

IMO you should just stick with the sub $200 cards, and then when you feel the need for more performance you can consider CF/SLI(just don't make the same mistake I did and get an SLI board with an ATI card), or the next sub $200 card if it offers enough performance.
    
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There is no such thing as futureproof, I mean look at the old 8800GTS, many people bought them for $300+ for the 640mb versions and then along comes the 8800GT at $240 to blow them out of the water! And lets not forget the 2900 series...

IMO you should just stick with the sub $200 cards, and then when you feel the need for more performance you can consider CF/SLI(just don't make the same mistake I did and get an SLI board with an ATI card), or the next sub $200 card if it offers enough performance.
Yeah, I paid ~$220 for my 3870. I think spending any more of any card would be foolish. A $500 card will only offer you 20-30% better performance. That's my advice. Buy a great mid-range card and completely pass on the high end stuff, when the next mid-range card comes out buy it too, you'll likely have better results than the previous gen's high-end, and you didn't waste a couple hundred dollars just to be at the razor's edge for 4-6 months.
    
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Yeah, I paid ~$220 for my 3870. I think spending any more of any card would be foolish. A $500 card will only offer you 20-30% better performance. That's my advice. Buy a great mid-range card and completely pass on the high end stuff, when the next mid-range card comes out buy it too, you'll likely have better results than the previous gen's high-end, and you didn't waste a couple hundred dollars just to be at the razor's edge for 4-6 months.
Or if you go the middle route and prices drop, instead of being like you can just pick up another card at the new price and then CF or SLI.
    
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