SO . . . reviews are flowing in now and what do we find?
Well over double the transistors of its predecessor, almost everything doubled, yet barely 50% faster.
My GTX280 SLI setup (a touch better than a GTX295) is feeling particularly threatened.
All those shaders sitting there twiddling their thumbs. I said back when R600 launched (2006) that its shader setup was laughable. Nowadays its just pathetic.
You're so jealous, just buy a couple.
Frankly, i am not that terribly impressed from reading a dozen
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1) Yes it IS the fastest single GPU that wipes the floor with GTX 285 (not really).
- 1a) and they improved the AF (f'ing finally) .. and they have 1b) eyefinity (who really cares .. now)
.. 1c) and DX11 - no big deal now - there are no DX11 games till Nvidia launches
But what really happened with 5870?
1. 5870 is NOT faster than the OLD 4870-X2 (so AMD EoL's it)
2. 5870 is beaten badly by GTX 295; it is really not that much faster than GTX 285 (i doubt BFG10K would care to exchange
his for one; maybe - but it is not overwhelming)
3. $399 is expensive (yes GTX 285 is more expensive; but not for long)
imo 5870 is an average launch of warmed over and slightly improved tech .. not bad .. but i also think GT 300 will absolutely crush it
- if not, *then* Nvidia is really in trouble
i am in no hurry to get one either as my 4870-X2 is still just as fast and the now overpriced 5870 price will drop like a rock when GT 300 is released
i am more interested to see what the (crippled) 5850 can do; it might be a decent replacement for 4850, AMD's "best" GPU in the performance/watt category. And 5870-X2 is positioned to go against the forthcoming Nvidia's flagship, anyway.