Originally Posted by Nostrano
Will all of you stop saying that 2 GTS's in SLI perform better, granted that may be true but we have heard that story many times already you are like parrots to previous posters, if you really believe this then that is fine buy your GTS's and leave those who want a GX2 with their purchase. Ever think that nvidia may have more than one target audience, and audience that you are not a part of but this product was aimed at?
When it comes to performance you can only blame yourselves if you think the results are disappointing. Every time new technology is rumored everyone builds up high expectations of how it will wipe the floor with current technology. Yet these expectations become way too radical, so when the new technology is released everyone is disappointed that it doesn't perform to how they expected it to.
In situations like these i kind of feel sorry for companies like nvidia, ATI, Intel and AMD, they produce new products yet because of us over hyping and over expecting performance they suffer as everyone ends up being disappointed. These companies can never really build up brand loyalty because of this, they cannot win.
Now it has come to be expected that technology will disappoint, so just lay off with your expectations and just be happy that it is an improvement, sure you may not think it is that big an improvement but at least it is something.
tl:dr It's your fault
The dissapointment stems from the fact that Nvidia has released a new series when in fact it is not. Or better yet, should not be considered a new series.
It is the same G92 chip but with Tri/Quad Sli support. It would have been better represented to the consumer if it was labled 8850 gt/gtx/gx2. Then the consumer would know what kind of results to expect. i.e. the same as the 8800 series but with tri/quad support.
In the past, when Nvidia would launch a new series, we could expect a noticable improvement in overall FPS from one new series to the next. i.e. FX to 6, 6 to 7, 7 to 8. The improvement we should have expected from the move of series 8 to 9 is none exhistant.
My guess as to why the new labeling would be: They have already improved on the 8800 series by revising the G80 chip to the g92. And i belive they just wanted to fase out the 8800s.
The 8800s have been here for quite a while (in computer years) and is getting old by that standard. The Tri/Quad thing gave Nvidia the excuse to put up a new series, and a potential reason to fase out the 8800 series (even though they are, in essence, the same product).
Have you noticed the more optomized drivers with the 9 series vs. the 8?