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- Monday, June 16th, 2008 Like Share






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ByRo Jun 16, 08
Seems sub-par for a new gen card. especially for a $650-$700 price point. This is ATi's chance to make a great comeback, thats what they get for riding the 8800 tail coat for to long.
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VeGiTAX2 Jun 17, 08
Indeed it leads in the tests but not as a $650 (more like $700) flagship card should lead. It has some clear advantages but it should be beyond approach by it's previous generations, in the demonstrations though, sli with older cards would bring it on par or possibly beyond in some cases for the same price.

I expected a lot more with this thing, the outside apps like the video rendering acceleration are nice but it's more of them getting a jump on things to begin with since everyone is going to be harnessing the GPU in the future (CS4 for example) and aside from that people knew the GPU could rapidly accelerate rendering because Matrox has been doing it for ages now and doing it quite well I might add.

Pricing this higher on the scale would have worked for me, but shooting it so far up in the sky that it's supposed to be a god card is a bit much since it isn't.
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Iceguy2003 Jun 17, 08
It is still one beast of a card. Is it a single GPU card? I know it doesn't have 'X2' on it, but it's really putting some impressive numbers up to be a single GPU.

Imagine a GX2 280.
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VeGiTAX2 Jun 17, 08
It's problematic because it's powerful, but it should be a given since it's finally moving off of the G80 base (G92 did minimal revisions it seems).

To call it a beast is an overstatement, for $700 this thing should have no match and yet in titles like UT3 it's matched by the 8800 in what I'd say is a fairly common resolution of around 1600x1200. If you want an idea of a GX2 though just wait around for people to start launching SLI reviews of the card. Often is it close enough to give you an idea.

For me I was expecting more out of this, dual gpu or not the GX2 and X2 are a single card and marketed as a single card not as an SLI or crossfire arrangement. There shouldn't be excuses for it to make up for it matching up with them at points.
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Iceguy2003 Jun 18, 08
I still think it's a beast, taking the price out of consideration. Who else on here has a set up that can do what this card can? Look at the benchmarks. It's tying, or SMOKING the dual GPU 9800's, from what I see. That's pure power. Sure, it's expensive, but it's still a very powerful card. Nice to see something like this instead of like when the 9800GTX came out, sometimes loosing to the 8800GTX.

You won't see any single GPU card that's already out beating this one.
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Morskittar Jun 18, 08
So, would you guys recommend buying this card? I'm building a new and it should last me a few years (i don't upgrade that often) so I was thinking of getting GX280. Worth it?
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VeGiTAX2 Jun 18, 08
If you've caught some of the leaked HD4850 info then I'd say use that as a marker of things to come and hold off because there will not only be a performance war going on but there's going to be a price war as well. It's always easy for people to talk high of the card of the moment but when the competition starts people realize that the $700 they dropped on week 1 was a waste because their company has already reduced it a fair amount because of competition in the marketplace.
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kspiess Jun 19, 08
quote Iceguy2003
It is still one beast of a card. Is it a single GPU card? I know it doesn't have 'X2' on it, but it's really putting some impressive numbers up to be a single GPU.

Imagine a GX2 280.
This is a single GPU card.

The card does offer fantastic performance. It's up to if you want to spend $650 on video card though.
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axforts2212 Jun 19, 08
Id wait and see what ATI has to fire back with. Let them duke it out with prices, see where it ends up. Id guess around 450 within 2 months, and they will probably release more from this new series by then. Unless youve got the money to splurge on this, Id wait a month or so for them to cheapen, and who knows, maybe the 4xxx series will surprise us all ^^
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