SickBeast wrote:nvidiacookies wrote:Now here's my complaint. As usual, AMD is not as good as nvidia is with dual gpu support. When it works, it works well: My performance in bf3, crysis 2, was much much faster than 580 sli.
If you look at the graphs at ABT and do the math, crossfire is more efficient. It's around 5% faster IIRC.
As someone who just had a GTX 460 SLI setup, let me tell you, SLI is far from perfect. I'm not saying that Crossfire is better, just that multi GPU is a waste of time IMO.
What do you mean by "support"?
It would be interesting to know who typically releases a multi gpu profile faster (amd or nvidia).
apoppin wrote:HardOPC is being hard on AMD for a change ,,,, here is their editorial on the state of CF-X drivers
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/01/ ... unity_lostWe know many of you are anxious to read a Radeon HD 7970 CrossFireX evaluation from us. We are anxious to write it! We have been as polite as we can, and given AMD every opportunity to give us the best driver to show off the Radeon HD 7970 CFX in the best light possible, but here we are one week in with no driver or CAP for public consumption.
One week is simply unacceptable to not have a proper CrossFireX driver and CAP for your new GPU. First impressions are very important, and AMD is leading with a bad first impression with Radeon HD 7970 CrossFireX. We let AMD know last year that we thought its driver ways were turning into a huge negative for AMD GPU owners. We were told in December at the Radeon HD 7970 press briefing that 2012 was going to be different in terms of software support. What AMD is doing and what AMD is saying are two different things. It brings up painful memories about last year's CrossFireX support in games and reminds us of the Radeon's past when it comes to drivers.
The Bottom Line
We have to just sit here with our heads in our hands and wonder why AMD is seemingly trying its best to piss off its customers that spend the most on its retail products; the CrossFireX gamer. We have seen more than a few AMD video card owners openly express that AMD’s lacking driver support is pushing them to not consider an AMD GPU for their next buy. And honestly, it is hard to hold that decision against them.
Remember the days of monthly Catalyst Driver releases? Remember the days of Terry Makedon, the "CatalystMaker" pushing those out? That all seemingly ended when Terry moved to CPU marketing and AMD seems to think that all of those efforts are no longer important. Let’s sit back and see if AMD squanders what could likely be it best GPU ever.
As we are getting ready to publish this, AMD's PR company has sent us a new CFX driver, but it is still full of bugs. We have been told though that RC11 is coming later this week, and "that is planned to be released publicly as well." No date was given. If you put down big cash on HD Radeon 7970 CrossFireX you are not being ignored, but you surely are not being attended to either.
apoppin wrote:What about HD3D?
SickBeast wrote:TBH I'm shocked that you guys are downplaying the 7970 when it's the best single GPU currently available market, and it's priced fairly in comparison to the GTX 580.
Give it a few months and I'm sure it will cost $300-400 and we'll see a bunch of people buying them.
I'm actually starting to agree with the sentiment at AnandTech that this place is developing an nVidia bias.
WE DON'T NEED NO MODERATION either. Pink Floyd said it well, albeit about something else.
apoppin wrote:Please don't wait. i'd love to hear your comments. And it is going to be awhile since the ViewSonic display that i am evaluating is not a fair comparison as it only does "passive" with specially written 3D SW just for it. i am arranging for a VS 24" display to be sent that also does active HD3D and that is when my comparison article gets published.
Passive interleaved where the horizontal resolution is cut in half to each eye is entry level 3D - great for the kids and the casual gamer. Maybe for 3D movies and several guests or family members can each have a pair of cheap polarized passive glasses.
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