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Dual GPU graphics cards make little sense

by on24 January 2008

Too expensive for what you get

With the estimated pricing of AMD's Radeon HD 3870 X2 coming in at over €400 as we reported here, it doesn't take long to realize that this product has a very limited market appeal. You can pick up a pair of Radeon HD 3870 cards for less than €175 from both Gigabyte and Sapphire, with many other brands going for well under €200 a card.

So, for anyone with a dual x16 slot motherboard, we doubt there will be much, if any, performance benefit in moving to a Radeon HD 3870 X2, unless of course you're intending to upgrade to quad CrossFire.

Even if you were to build a new system, you could easily save €60-80 by going down the two-card route, and that's money that could be put toward other parts in your system, such as a better motherboard or a more expensive CPU.

Hopefully, the price of the Radeon HD 3870 X2 will come down to more reasonable levels, but at the moment it doesn't make a lot of sense. Time will tell how expensive the GeForce 9800 GX2 from Nvidia will be, but if it ends up costing more than about €550, then it'll be another overpriced dual GPU card.

Let's hope people vote with their wallets and their heads this time around, as although there's no doubt that there is a market for these type of cards, they're currently too expensive considering that there is no real performance advantage compared to using a pair of cards in CrossFire or SLI.
Last modified on 25 January 2008
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