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The issue I have with the GX2 is the micro stutter due to the 512 per card/ 256 bus. Now if you are playing at a lower resolution than 1920/1200 maybe the card won't be as stressed to have framerate drops? But I run on a 24" @ 1920/1200 and believe me it stutters. This is where the 280 will have better results. It might not Benchmark as great and even the "average" FPS will be on par, but the GX2 minimum frames will be way worse. So when you run in to a graphically demanding situation with alot going on, the framerate will dip for a second. The 280 will give you more fluid gameplay in higher resolutions.
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post #32 of 40
For $429 at Newegg, the GX2 is a better buy, unless you plan on playing at super-high res.

Seeing the results really makes me believe that the GTX 280 is truly a great card. A single GPU that is matching and sometimes beating a dual-GPU video card is definitely an improvement. Taking away the dual-GPU part of the picture gives you slightly smoother gameplay (although I can't tell because my monitor is basically the sux0r), and you have less heat and less power drawn. As said in the VR Zone review, the GTX 280 was designed to replace the GX2, but unless some more mature drivers allow the card to fire on all cylinders, the GTX 280 isn't performing so much better than the GX2 to warrant any upgrades, unless you play on a 24" monitor and want to avoid SLI stutter.

The GTX 280 in SLI should be a very nice setup, but paying $650 for each card is a bit much. Well, there's always the Step-Up program. I just my second GX2, so when I decide to go ahead and get the GTX 280 in 3 months, the price will have dropped a little.
Edited by sgtdisturbed47 - 6/24/08 at 3:39pm
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post #33 of 40
Quote:
Originally Posted by sLowEnd View Post
The GX2 is 2 cores on 1 card
The GX2 is still 1 card that uses 1 slot
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Z...front_full.jpg

It looks like 2 cards dude, and they're SLI'd.
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Quote:
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The GX2 is 2 cores on 1 card
The GX2 is still 1 card that uses 1 slot
Wrong. Taken apart, you can see that the GX2 is 2 cards with a heat sink in between them. 2 cards in one, not 2 GPU's on one card.

I believe there are 2 GPU's on a single PCB with the 3870X2 though.
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post #35 of 40
When someone buys one, they don't say "I'm buying graphics cards"
They say "I'm buying a graphics card"

Why? It goes into 1 slot. Dual PCB doesn't mean it's not 1 card.
It's one product
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Quote:
Originally Posted by sLowEnd View Post
When someone buys one, they don't say "I'm buying graphics cards"
They say "I'm buying a graphics card"

Why? It goes into 1 slot. Dual PCB doesn't mean it's not 1 card.
It's one product
If you wanna get technical, its 2 cards linked by an SLI bridge.
post #37 of 40
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Originally Posted by Gexx View Post
If you wanna get technical, its 2 cards linked by an SLI bridge.
"The" 9800GX2


*enough arguing. that's not what this thread is for*
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post #38 of 40
no ur right, this thread was hijacked by ME! lol. i think i AM gonna go for the gx2 > gtx280 step up. just bcoz i hear such bad things about quad sli. and i hear such good things about gtx280. just hope i do the right thing :s
    
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post #39 of 40
still doesn't justify the price....
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post #40 of 40
Dont care how many cores it has, if its more expensive with marginal increases in performance it's not worth it.
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