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I think the point myself and the former AMD users are trying to make is that on a single card AMD is ok, it's slightly slower but nothing major. When you add in another higher end card the slight bottleneck you were seeing with a single card is amplified 100% by a second card, this leads to gross differences in fps both min and average.

AMD is great if you're on a budget, but if you're on a budget you don't have two $200-$500 video cards. Any time you can bind a game such as Dragon Age II to the gpu with high amounts of detail the difference between the two won't be staggering, the issues arise when you play highly cpu depended games that don't use 4 or more cores such as World of Warcraft.

I also hate stock reviews, it's mis-leading. A 2.66GHz i7 is pointless, and a 970 at 3.5GHz is nearly maxed out from the factory.
    
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I also hate stock reviews, it's mis-leading. A 2.66GHz i7 is pointless, and a 970 at 3.5GHz is nearly maxed out from the factory.
Actually, I think reviewing stock is the best route to go since not everyone overclocks..

Overclocking introduces many variables.. Not everyone is gonna reach 4.0ghz on their 1090t or 4.5ghz on their 2500k.. The reviewer may manage 4.2ghz and a 3000mhz north bridge on their 1090t, and say it's a good overclocker, but 90% of people aren't gonna get close to those clocks.. It's more honest to show what you certainly will get than what you aren't guranteed.

It's why most reviewers have specific pages showing overclocking performance, or highlight the overclocking performance of whatever they're reviewing.

Stability testing every single CPU for a decent overclock can take loads of time that just isn't worth it for a single page showing 5+ processors.
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Yah, which is why I do self reviews and buy based on what I've seen others do and what seems to be the norm for them.

It can be hit or miss, but I got two 470s that can beat out stock 580 sli and 6990s for half the price.
    
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AMD is great if you're on a budget, but if you're on a budget you don't have two $200-$500 video cards.
Since when? You may also build a high end AMD setup with two high end cards. No problem with that at all.
If a person has a very specific budget, he would like to make the most of it.
He can take an AMD system w/ 2 cards in CF mode/SLI mode, or a Sandy Bridge System, that will allow him only 1 card.
So what do you think will maximize his gaming performance? Rhethorical question actually.
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You confused me.

Why would the SB system be limited to just 1 card?
    
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You confused me.

Why would the SB system be limited to just 1 card?
As I said, if a person has a very specific budget, he would like to make most of it. Since Intel XFire/SLI combo costs 33% more than equivalent AMD combo, he will definitely get better graphic options with AMD system rather than the 2500k one.
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I did just notice one thing interesting. A couple people were talking about CPU usage a couple pages back and how their video cards don't get max usage with an AMD chip, I guess that the AMD is a bottleneck so to speak.

So I tested it with Heaven benchmark and watch my CPU speed through CPU-Z and my GPU usage in Afterburner. I noticed my GPU usage floating between 85 and 97%. But I also noticed my CPU speed never maxing out. (I have C&Q enabled). So my CPU was only hitting 2.6GHz at max but 1GHz most of the time.

I just assumed it would have always jumped to 4GHz whenever I ran a 3D application. So after turning off C&Q and running heaven I'm getting 98 - 99% usage on the GPU.

That's pretty cool.
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Originally Posted by -X3- View Post
As I said, if a person has a very specific budget, he would like to make most of it. Since Intel XFire/SLI combo costs 33% more than equivalent AMD combo, he will definitely get better graphic options with AMD system rather than the 2500k one.
Where did you pull the 33% more than intel thing from?
Source please.
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Where did you pull the 33% more than intel thing from?
Source please.
Please read my previous post in the previous page.
Intel combo (cpu + mobo) is 33% more expensive that AMD combo (when you want SLI/Xfire).
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