Originally Posted by zaccy001
You do not represent the average gamer or the average enthusiast for that matter. How many people watercool, a small minority. I would consider performance per dollar rather than "what can max the latest games at playable frame rates" What happens when a game comes out that you cant max? You want a card that has at least some longevity in it.
Edit - No offense Intended really, I realized where you were coming from.
I know what you're saying.
My point was, the price drop made me look at it again. The cost difference of $200 is a significant one, so I would think about it and see whether it made a difference to justify paying $200 more for a card that would run the same settings. Of course your point about longevity is a good one.
Again, I'm not arguing anything against either card, just looking at it from the point of view of what would give me what I want for the least money. The headroom of the 4870 X2 would be nice though. Hence why it brought it back into the picture for me when I had already dismissed it.
Performance per dollar is also a good factor to consider, but if we're talking about spending $600 vs. $800, sometimes just pure price makes a difference.