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http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/...d_performance/

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Breaking it down at the various price points, we’ve got to give the edge to NVIDIA by default at the $300 mark, simply because we’re still trying to get our hands on a 256MB Radeon X1800 XT card. If today’s performance with Oblivion is any indication, these X1800 XT 256MB cards could become pretty hot sellers once they hit the market en masse, especially considering the shortage of GeForce 7900 GT cards on the market right now. In any case, the GeForce 7900 GT delivers good performance in Oblivion, besting the GeForce 7800 GTX 256MB in nearly all cases, and outperforming the GeForce 6800 GT SLI setup as well.

Moving up to the highest end of the market, ATI’s Radeon X1900 XTX takes the performance crown in our testing with Oblivion in single-card configurations. Regardless of the test with threw at the X1900 XTX it came out on top, with the Radeon X1900 XT typically finishing a close second.

When testing dual-card configurations, the results swing dramatically in NVIDIA’s favor. In multiple cases the X1900 XTX CrossFire and X1800 XT CrossFire configurations yielded a negligible performance increase over comparable single-card configurations, while the GeForce cards clearly scaled well in Oblivion once running in an SLI configuration. (We also noted tearing and other artifacts from time to time with the CrossFire setup.)
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So Nvidia cards are slower in single card configurations for the ~ ati card. In SLI nvidia is better than ATI? That sounds like poor coding for the crossfire no?
Oh, w/ the 6800GS I don't qualify for 'high-end' so i won't bother with my scores.
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SO FAR:

SLI > Crossfire
ATI single card > Nvidia single card
    
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I imagine Nvidia will have a sizeable advantage over crossfire for awhile since after all they did buyout 3dfx so long ago who pioneered sli and have like a 6 year headstart on ATI.
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I have a 7900gt and I can run Oblivion with everything turned up, but occasionally it will get a little "sticky", but for the most part it runs it beautifully. I wonder if a new processory would help me?
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If somehow they fix the drivers for crossfire then maybe, just maybe it will outperform the SLI.
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ATI still has a lot of work to do on its CrossFire drivers. It does great in some games and horrible in others.

Good to see that the X1900 does the best out out of the single cards. Looks like I made a good purchase
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They are re-running the tests on the ATI Crossfire setups. Here is a quote telling why:

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UPDATE: It's come to our attention that CrossFire support can be forced by renaming the Oblivion.exe executable file to "AFR-FriendlyD3D.exe". We've confirmed that this fix works and we're in the process of re-running our CrossFire benchmarks now. We'll have updated performance numbers for CrossFire shortly.
So, ATI may come out in-par or beating the NVIDIA SLI setups. We'll see.
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post #9 of 11
Looks like the X1800XT fairs pretty well. I would have thought it wouldve had some trouble running full settings but it beats the 7900GTX in some cases.
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Originally Posted by ken225
If somehow they fix the drivers for crossfire then maybe, just maybe it will outperform the SLI.
They just did fix the Crossfire drivers, now it beats SLI

http://firingsquad.com/hardware/obli...nce/page12.asp

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UPDATE 4/6/06: In dual-card testing, we initially reported that NVIDIA's GeForce SLI solution delivered better performance than CrossFire, however ATI's Terry Makedon informed us that Oblvivion can be forced to run the X1900 XTX and X1800 XT cards in CrossFire mode by renaming the oblivion.exe executable to "AFR-FriendlyD3D.exe". After making this change, we saw a dramatic boost in performance and now the Radeon cards scale appropriately, with the X1900 XTX CrossFire outrunning the GeForce 7900 GTX SLI in all tests except our indoors area. All isn't perfect with this workarond however, as occasionally we'd notice flashing textures on the screen regardless of which area of the game we were testing. The textures would flash randomly: during one run in the foliage section everything may go perfectly, and then the next may be filled with flashing textures, so we'd still definitely give NVIDIA the nod when it comes to multi-GPU compatibility with Oblivion. We sent ATI a video demonstrating the problem and other info on the issue, so hopefully it can be resolved in a future Catalyst release.
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