Olle P wrote:
I think Xbitlabs test is a bit off the mark, because of their system setup.
What person in his right mind would go lengths to spend less than $200 on the graphics when the rest of the rig is all state of the art?
I do have uses for CPU and RAM to do actual work. The graphics cards are just there for the occasional game. So why spend $200+, when $150 will do?
Passively cooled 4850s are scarce compared to passive 4670s if you don't want to void your warranty. And the 4670s draw significantly less power (15W under full load, and a whopping 32 W less in idle - which they will be most of the time). Which is very nice. Also, the heat is spread out more evenly, which should make it easier to disperse with a fan, or am I wrong on that one?
Depending on where the power/performance of the 4770 falls, I might even get two of these for my next build instead of the one passive 4770 I thought about until reading that article.
I did not know that Crossfire scales that well - I thought up to now that the gains were more in the range of 50-70%.
If only somebody would make a (passive) 4670 X2... That would be nice. 4850 performance with much better power consumption. And the cost savings due to only one PCB should make it at least comparable in price...