Originally Posted by GPUCafe
Two GPUs against one? I bet then RV770 crushed Nvidia's latest GT200 (4870X2 vs GTX280)
Until the GTX295 showed up, a lot of people defended GT200 using the same argument (Its not fair to compare 2 GPUs against 1!!!) and now it is suddenly fair again?
Clearly RV770 was designed from the ground up to a performance GPU (unlike GT200 which is the flagship) but I guess people wont view it that way.
And 4850 and 9800GTX+ trade blows, so it would be slightly ahead of 9800GTX.
easyest way to compare is price segments, not single vs dual GPU, its just funny that the ONLY way ATi can maintain their top end is with a dual.
its funny because for the most part a GTX280/285 will trade blows well with an X2, often having higher MIN FPS (what really matters) and then nvidia can pull the dual GPU trump card at the moment of their choosing, which is exactly what they did.
nvidias single GPU comparing with ATi's 2 is fair because of price, but when you take 1 of each, or two of each, nvidia comes out on top.
a few examples.
GTX260 vs HD4870
GTX295 vs HD4870X2
9800GX2 vs 3870X2
9800GTX+ vs HD4850
generally you will find the nvidia counterparts mentioned will beat out the ATi part, and almost definitely if OC's are taken into account.
price vs performance is paramount, but what has to be taken into account is the market of people who only want the best of the best. for this there is Nvidia.