Re: nVidia vs. ATI
- From: "JR Weiss" <jrweiss98155remove@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2008 20:03:51 -0700
"JR Weiss" wrote:...
Hey guys. Since I'm getting a mtoherboard based on the X48 chipset, if
I wanted to use two graphics cards in parallel, I have to go with ATI.
Therefore for my new build, is their an ATI card with similar
performance to the nVidia 8800GT (as this seems to be about the right
price) that I could get now?
The benefit would be that as soon as this ATI card starts to fall
behind, I can stick a second identical card in and get better
I see the price point for good 8800GT cards at $150-180 at newegg. At that
price point the ATI 3870 is equivalent. I have bought a Visiontek and 2 HIS
ATI cards, and am impressed with the HIS "IceQ3" cooling solution -- quiet and
efficient (mine is a factory overclocked 3850). For optimal cooling you
probably want a dual-slot card that exhausts out the backplane. The answer is
HIS has several versions of the 3870, all Crossfire capable, so you can shop
by price, clock speeds and any other minor differences.
I also found this [relatively] inexpensive 4870 [CORRECTION: it's a 4850!]
It doesn't have the IceQ3 cooling, and will rely on your current case exhaust
fans, so choose it only if you have a "cool" case...
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