Vs. Nvidia SLI Scaling Analysis
2:00 AM - October 18, 2010 by Don Woligroski
Table of contents
* 1 – It’s That Time Again
* 2 – Test System And Benchmarks
* 3 – Benchmark Results: Crysis
* 4 – Benchmark Results: Just Cause 2
* 5 – Benchmark Results: Far Cry 2
* 6 – Benchmark Results: Aliens Vs Predator
* 7 – Benchmark Results: DiRT 2
* 8 – Benchmark Results: StarCraft II
* 9 – Power-Usage Benchmarks
* 10 – Conclusion
We’ve seen impressive performance from
Nvidia's GeForce GTX 460 when it's matched
up with a second card in SLI mode. But how
does the entire high-end GeForce GTX 400
line compare to Radeon HD 5000-series cards?
We test them all in several popular games.
The new GeForce GTX 460 made us sit up and
take notice, particularly when we paired
them up in a dual-card SLI configuration. As
our own Thomas Soderstrom showed, two
GeForce GTX 460s in SLI can even outperform
Nvidia's GeForce GTX 480 flagship.
Nvidia recently began a bit of a price war
with AMD. Retail prices for graphics cards
like the GeForce GTX 470 and 480 are
plummeting, bringing the fight to AMD’s
doorstep. GeForce GTX 470s are selling for
as little as $279; GeForce GTX 480s are
going for $450 on Newegg.
With a one-year head start and plenty of
margin in its pocket, AMD isn't too proud to
engage in a bit of a brawl. Radeon HD 5850s
are $260 all day long on Newegg, and rebates
are taking these cards as low as $210.
This news forces us to challenge
preconceived notions of relative value. It
lets us know that it’s time for a thorough
Radeon HD 5000- vs. GeForce GTX 400-series
performance analysis. Today we're testing
the Radeon HD 5830, 5850, and 5870, along
with the GeForce GTX 460, 470, and 480 to
provide a thorough understanding of how
these cards perform relative to one another
in both single- and dual-card
There’s not much else to say. Let’s get
ready to rumble!