Originally Posted by CDdude55
I know it may seem like that, but that's because i am always portrayed like i'm constantly defending Nvidia, and that's because no one else does in most threads.
Welcome to my life. Wait until you get called an nVidia fanboy and an ATi fanboy in the same day.
I've come to realize that people here will always call anyone that defends a company a fanboy for that company, and the people doing the calling are usually the fanboys(though sometimes a different kind of fanboy) themselves because they can't stand anyone defending any company they don't like.
And yes, there is a big trend here to bash anything nVidia moreso than ATi, though there is some ATi bashing going around sometimes as well. But when you look at the roots of the site, with ATitool and ATi Softmods bring the large portion of traffic to the site when it was just starting to grow it is understandable that a lot of the people around would favor ATi.
Originally Posted by cadaveca
And with all of that in mind, noone really needs much more than a 470 or 460...it's artificial means that create the scenario that such power is needed.
So, this is one of the stupid products I have seen yet, in my opinion.
It isn't about how much power is needed, but how much power is wanted. As I said before, most people buying cards in this price class are doing it for e-peen not out of necessity.
Though I do find it odd that you say two 3870x2s perform similarly to two GTX470s. With a GTX480 close to 10% faster than a HD4
870x2, and a GTX470 not far behind, and Quad-CrossFire scaling much worse than dual-SLi I don't see two HD3870x2s keeping up with two GTX470s. But then again, like you said, CPU technology might be the deciding factor here.