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The soft-spot money wise are two cards setup in Crossfire. Especially two 4850's kick in as massive value, as for under 400 USD you get to play around with performance better than a GeForce GTX 280, so that's just real value in your pocket right there as you just saved 250 bucks. I mean the GTX 280 is just an astounding card, yet it is getting sodomized badly due to it's high price.

No kidding it is sick how much performance these cards combined can push, the 2-way GPU scaling is just really superb. Crossfire with two series 4800 cards definitely makes more sense than NVIDIA's high-end SLI money wise. On the other side of the scope .. AMD needs two GPUs to do so, two sets of cloned memory and hey .. don't rule out the lower priced NVIDIA cards just yet either. I'm lacking a second GeForce 9800 GTX+ at the moment, yet keep an eye out for another VGA charts update likely next week, where I'll try and include as much results as possible for you to be able to compare even better.

So driver quirks aside, in the NVIDIA SLI review I used Pamela Anderson's boobs as anecdote for SLI (big and expensive, yet a nice pair). For the ATI Series 4800 series I have to refine my choice in women even a little better, yep .. series 4800 Crossfire might be the Jessica Alba in your PC man ... downright sexy. Crossfire seems to scale really well and money wise, this starts to make some real good sense as an upgrade.

Thanks go out to Force3D for supplying additional cards. We'll have another article focused at their cards real soon. That's it for now. once we have a third 4870 in the house I'll definitely add some results on that combo as well.
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My god. Such performance. ATI pwns, srsly. The conclusion was pretty funny.
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Might not be cheaper after you factor in a good CF mobo.
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wow, me wants ever single 4800 series card there is. they all look sooo very sexy
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With the recent GT200 price cuts I think the GTX260 is a great deal, considering it produces less heat than the 4870 and has a much better warranty.
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