Originally Posted by IcedEarth
C'mon you already knew the price performance sucked. It was splashed over every review and test.
Also drivers are still pretty early at this stage, and although they suck if you had waited it out you would have seen more gain.
But in the end you did the right choice by getting rid of the thing.
The price/performance is always awful for new flagships. Once they drop in price, this ratio increases greatly.
We tend to compare a high mid-range and a flagship and you notice that the differences aren't amazing. 8800GTS 640 vs the GTX (6 months back), you pay an extra $100 for what, an extra 15 FPS on average? You compare an 8800GTS 512 to a 9800 GTX and you see the same result, about 10 FPS average more, and $100-$150 more. These small increases are rather expensive, so truthfully, no flagship has a good price/performance ratio.
Now, you could get a GTS 512 for what, $250? Using the step-up, I can pay $270 and get the 9800 GX2 and have a whole lot better performance. Sure, technically I am paying full price for it but since I bought the GTS 512 in January, I won't feel any price impact right now. So that's $20 more than a GTS 512 with more than 2x the performance (sure you could SLI 2 512's, but that requires an SLI mobo and not all games are optimized for SLI, and SLI scaling tends to be pretty bad so you pay 2x for a 30% increase at best), so the price/performance ratio is outstanding if you go with the step-up, so long as the price paid isn't felt due to a 3-month gap in purchase dates. The cool thing is that with the step-up program, eVGA goes off of the price you paid and not the current depreciated value like you encounter on eBay.
I am only going so far as to even consider step-up because I paid $350 for my GTS 512, so that knocks off $350 from the GX2 price. If I try to sell it on eBay I would be lucky to walk away with $180. Some of us fall into the category of early GTS 512 purchasers, so the step-up isn't such a bad deal.
Now, what you also might want to consider is the 9800 GTX. Not for it's upsides, but to consider the fact that it performs not too far above an overclocked 8800GTX. Again, you could SLI 2 9800 GTX's but not all games will benefit, and you end up paying $660 for 2 cards that just meets or barely beats (on average) a single GX2.
Keep in mind that the GX2 is still a new card, and drivers for it aren't spectacular. Once more refined drivers are released, performance should kick up a tad and stability increased. Stuttering in-game sounds to me like a driver issue, but you also may have a slightly defective unit (can't expect every piece of hardware to be perfect as you sometimes even get units that are dead on arrival). The majority of GX2 users will notice no stuttering and experience great performance in a single card solution instead of going through the trouble of SLI. I certainly don't see the necessity of SLI, and my single-PCI-Express motherboard can attest to this. It's always better to have a single very strong video card than go through the hassle of SLI, and frankly, SLI is a total rip-off. Tri-SLI? Jeez.
A GX2 could very easily hold a gamer over until the next major flagship (9900 GX2?) and during that time, better drivers will come out and some of the early issues will get ironed out.
To end on a different note, what is nVidia planning on doing beyond 9900? What sort of numbering system will be used? Will it go back to the real early days where their video cards had names instead of numbers (Vanta, Alladin, Voodoo, etc)? How about "The next performance milestone: nVidia BYFI (Beat Your Face In)! With 2 gigs of DDR4, 700 stream processors, and the ability to fold space!"