VR-Zone reviews GTX 200 and HD 4800-series
Despite being run over by the Radeon HD 4870 CrossFire, and the Radeon HD 4850 CrossFire in most instances, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 still retains the performance crown for a single card solution. Dual card solutions should be outperforming single card parts. For example, running a pair of NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS in SLI is sure to outperform a single GeForce 8800 GTX. You can put two GeForce GTX 260 in SLI and it’ll eat your GeForce GTX 280 for breakfast too. If you absolutely need the fastest card today in a single card solution, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 1GB is your answer. The price for the GeForce GTX 280 has also been adjusted downwards to US$499. In comparision, a faster dual card Radeon HD 4870 solution will set you back by just shy of US$600.
It’s a good thing that AMD/ATI managed to stage a comeback in the graphics world. If not for them, we would be seeing nothing but absurdly high prices on NVIDIA’s high-end cards (and possibly even the mid-range models). The RV770 has proved its worth against the aging G92 and the new GT200 architectures. If the scaling performance on the Radeon HD 4870 CrossFire setup is to be replicated on the Radeon HD 4870 X2, and ATI fixes its heat issues, we believe NVIDIA would not have any answer to the R700 for at least a few months to come.