Originally Posted by DarkMatter
I wouldn't draw up any conclusions based on that. Different architectures and last I checked GTX260 SLI is slightly faster than 2xHD4870, while at the same time a GTX260 is slower when alone. It's too soon to conclude anything IMO.
Tell that to dark2099
Originally Posted by Bjorn_Of_Iceland
Doubt it. Its a 55nm 260 with 448bit memory bandwidth on each, and a full 240
shader units on each core. Kinda like 2 beefed up 260.
Reason for it was obvious.. they wanted to outperform 4870x2 for a competitive price point. No sense in releasing a card that has the same performance as 2x GTX260 216s since 2x GTX 260 216s is more or less equivalent (averaging) vs a 4870x2.
And then why is it that Tatty's 260 that had a soft-volt mod owns any GTX280 under the sun? The GTX200 series is more or less bogged down by shader cores... it never needed more than say 192 or 216.