Originally Posted by eidairaman1
i think the early adopters of the 8800 series are getting benefit now due to amt of ram the cards have. Ill admit its a nice card but it doesnt slaughter the competition like everyone said it would, I still say the 285,4870,260,4850 are better buys.
Those cards are always better buys for 99% of the people, but the GTX295 is indeed much better than the X2, it's direct competition. It doesn't slaughter the X2 in this review's overall results, but if you look at individual benchmarks, you'll see a enormous difference in most modern engines. The only exception are Clear Sky and UT3, but on those, there's still an evident lack of driver support, just look at how the 295 is faster at one resolution, then slower in the next and then faster again in the next one. There's no coherence (but there is coherence in Nvidia's single GPUs) and doesn't picture the real power of the card. Also there are a lot of old engines there, that are bottlenecked, this works against all fastest cards, not only the 295, but it evens out the results, making faster cards be closer to the slower ones. What's worse, Enemy Territory is not using the second GPU.
All those factors make fastest cards look slower and specially the 295, because it's the fastest one.
Oh, and BTW, what's wrong with Crysis?? This is the first time I see the GTX260 behind the HD4870 (it's way behind here BTW). I've seen 100+ reviews using Crysis, with Core2 and i7, OCed and not, XP and Vista, High and Very high, AA and not, and a long list of variations, and this is the VERY FIRST time I see Nvidia's architecture behind. IMHO there's something wrong there. Dunno what, but something isn't working properly there...