GTX 295 3 way SLI is not possible because it's already a dual GPU card. So you can get 2 of them (4 GPUs total). That's why they scale even worse in SLI, and that's why 2 Radeon 5870s beat 2 GTX 295s. So 3 Radeon 5870s would stomp all SLI GTX 295s.
Here is 2 5870s beating 2 295s:
I think you can only SLI 2 295 because they are dual GPU cards.
The cosair SSD (128GB) one is a good one. As for which GFX card is better its a tossup. The Ati card is faster in a few of the applications but all the tests were done with Gen 1 drivers. I suspect that with the next generation of ATI drivers they should be a bit faster. that and they have dx11.... though no game supports it at the moment so its really a non factor, imo....
What are you sugesting is go with 3 x Ati Radeon 5870, Do I require a PhysX card as well.. If I do which you guys recommend.. Any others besides 9800 GT.Do you also think there is a better SSD drive.. If so please state.
Physx with an ATi main is only possible with a hack, and even then we don't know how long it'll last. Honestly I'd forget about it as not even a dozen games support Physx I think?
You suggesting 3 5870 and leave the last slot blank. No need for PhsyX
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To the OP's post...go for dual 5970's instead of three 5870's. It'll cost the same but you'll have much more power.
Hmmm, I haven't seen anyone mention RAID at all yet.
If you want speed, storage, and reliability set yourself up a RAID 5, or if you board supports it a RAID 6.
You can string up 3 or more SSDs in a RAID 5 and they will act like a striped set and give you great read and write speed(much better than 1 on it's own) and still offer redundancy so 1 drive can fail and all your data will still be safe. Replace the failed drive and rebuild the RAID and keep on truckin!
If your board supports RAID 6, you will need more drives but you can have 2 fail without losing data.
As for Graphics, if you've got some patience i'd wait for the new Gf100 cards to come out and get the top of the line in a 3x SLI(since money is no object)
If all of this sounds too complicated for you, I can build this system and ship it to you. You just provide the funding and i'll make sure it all works right :-)
Are you sure its that.. maybe you got the wrong model number..
How about the Ati 5970..
Noooooo... The GF100
Gonna be a sick card and more powerful that any single card single GPU solution ATI has out right now.
I'm going to withhold judgement until some hard benchmarks are released, especially since Nvidia has released very limited information about it. That said, I'm expecting it to be faster than the ATI cards, but will the cards be stable and affordable?
Yeah the Nvidia card may or may not be better than the ATI card, but it is still imaginary right now, and with Nvidia's latest track record that may be tomorrow or this summer for release to. Plus the fact that the 5870 and 5850 and 5970 have no software that can even run them hard yet.
From what I've heard from Nvidia, they designed the architecture for the GF100 with DirectX 11 in mind. ATI's 5xxx series was merely 4xxx on steroid and a few tweaks. So even though ATI beat them to the punch, the assumption is that the GF100's hardware would be better suited for geometrical calculations such as tessellation. The benchmarks that Nvidia ran, that showed its cards being vastly superior to ATI, we don't know what level/configuration they were. Also, they used simulated numbers for the ATI cards in their graphs.
But I agree with you. The hardware has outpaced gaming software and the 5870 can easily run any game on max details by itself without noticeable drop in FPS. This is an exciting time to be a gaming enthusiast. Lets hope Nvidia raises the bar without breaking the bank.
Yeah I agree on that for sure. I just wonder when the 6000 series is going to come out, and what it will entail as a technology mark (performance functionality etc). Many do not think about ATI/AMD's all inclusive GPU processing packages that are on the Horizon. They are doing the same and or more that Nvidia in that area. It is not released yet of course, but neither is the Nvidia. I think that the Nvidia junkies are just jonesing for a fix, and it has been quite some time since Nvidia actually put out anything new as far as GPU's. There past 3 releases and model's have basically been reworked with additions of existing technology.