Originally Posted by Whodie
Don't get TOO excited, we are after all only considering 4 cards to be superior to 3 cards because of the price differential, not because of actual performance of the architecture.
If Nvidia drops the price of the 280....would you still be as impressed?
1. Nvidia cannot drop the price.
2. Yes I would still be impressed because you don't need a Nvidia motherboard (crap) to achieve this.
Originally Posted by HugeDink
Especially considering Nvidias PhysX drivers artificially pump up their vantage scores. not to mention its nearly 3 months before the release of the 4870X2, so the drivers are still VERY immature, and X2 drivers are usually very complicated, so in 3 months time they should be that much better
The 4870X2 drivers are going to be direct derivatives of the 3870X2 drivers. I wouldn't expect much in the way of optimizations. I always here about the revolutionary drivers that will increase performance 20%, and they never come to be.
Originally Posted by criminal
Even if Nvidia drops the prices on the GTX 280, they will not be able to drop them low enough to compete on a price/performance standpoint.
A GTX 280 is what.. $650. The 4870X2 is suppose to be between $500-$550. Even if Nvidia manages some how to drop prices of The GTX 280 to $400, you are still looking at a price tag of $1100 for 2 4870X2's compared to $1200 for 3 GTX 280's. That is still a win for ATI in my book.
There is absolutely no way the 4870X2 will be $500-$500. Why:
1. A 4870 is $300, going off the relationship between the 3870 and the 3870X2 the 4870X2 should run closer to $600.
2. GDDR5 memory will be in short demand when these cards are running around with 1GB of it.
3. PCI Express 2.0 interface on board.
4. Why should ATI sell it for $500-$550 (even if they could). It is faster than a GTX280.
I would like to see the scores on a Skulltrail system.