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I will start by saying long time ATI fan but this last generation I went with the G80 as opposed to the R600. I have stayed here but I am longing to go back to ATI but the performance would need to be there.

I am working on my new build and I have a few questions. What are the issues with Multi GPU setups? I ask because I am faced with a choice a single GTX280 or a 4870x2. Now I know the single card will have little to no issues. However I have heard the Multi GPU and Crossfire setups tend to have several issues with them. Vsync, texture and pop up issues to name a few. So with all that out there for a setup that emphasis stability and Quality would I be better off with the Single GTX280 or the 4870x2?

I am really on the fence I heard that ATI has really done a almost perfect job with the x2 cards being seen as a single GPU in games and both actually being used. However we all know how reviews go and I am looking for some real world answers here.
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Get the 4870x2 because its cheaper than the GTX280.
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Get the 4870x2 because its cheaper than the GTX280.
Thats always a plus don't get me wrong but what about stability? If I have to constantly disable a GPU for it to run or get random game crashes its not worth it IMO. Also I was not aware price on that was released yet.
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Thats always a plus don't get me wrong but what about stability? If I have to constantly disable a GPU for it to run or get random game crashes its not worth it IMO. Also I was not aware price on that was released yet.
It's expected to be $499
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i would definately go for the 4870 setup if you want quality rendering.

I personally would take the very miniscule hit from performance from AMD's 8X Edge Detect AA than the kick in the pills from nvidias 16XQ CSAA anyday.

AA Quality comparison

the page prior to this also has AA performance scaling
Edited by Xinoxide - 7/7/08 at 3:16pm
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I would just get the 4870X2
$499 and roughly 1.5x faster than a current gtx280
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