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nitromullet

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yeah, but can it run crysis?
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What!? No SSD in RAID 1+0?

FAIL
Well, they did actually use some pretty surprising components. That Tagan BZ1300 certainly isn't the PSU I'd choose for this type of build.

http://enthusiast.hardocp.com/article/2008/12/03/tagan_bz_1300w_psu/3

OMG WTF

Lastly, as we look at the back of the main PCB we see what is possibly some of the scariest and sloppiest looking soldering we have ever seen. This is tremendously bad workmanship and needs to be corrected. I think it can be said that no [H] readers will be caught dead with this unit in their system based on this one picture alone. If this little care goes into building it, you just should not be purchasing it
Perhaps they are mistaking that burnt smell as fear.
 
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Idontcare

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So what kind of aggregate transistor count, memory count, and memory bandwidth are we looking at there across four HD5870's? Not going to see that kind of performance from a single GPU for another four years or so.
 

nitromullet

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So what kind of aggregate transistor count, memory count, and memory bandwidth are we looking at there across four HD5870's? Not going to see that kind of performance from a single GPU for another four years or so.
True, but I imagine they are loosing quite a bit of the theoretical performance because of inefficiencies involved in multi-gpu scaling. Not to mention other improvements in technology over a four year span. IIRC, fours years ago G7x was NVIDIA's currnet gpu. If you were building a system today, would you rather have a 7950GX2 Quad SLI rig or one with a single 5870?

edit: Your post actually got me wondering how 7-series Quad SLI would compare to a single 5870. While it's not exactly easy to find an even remotely direct comparison because the games benched and cpu/motherboard hardware has changed over time, I did find some 8xAA Quad SLI Oblivion benchmarks and some 8xAA Fallout 3 5870 benchmarks. IIRC, these games use the same engine.

7-Series quad SLI Oblivion (Mountains) @ 1920x1200 8xAA/16aAF: ~47fps
http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/geforce_7900_7950_gx2_quad_sli_update/page9.asp

7-Series quad SLI Oblivion (foliage) @ 1920x1200 8xAA/16aAF: ~30fps
http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/geforce_7900_7950_gx2_quad_sli_update/page10.asp

Radeon 5870 Fallout 3 @ 1920x1200 8xAA/16aAF: 71fps
http://www.techspot.com/review/198-ati-radeon-hd-5870-review/page7.html

The quad SLI benchmarks were run with bloom as well because G7x didn't support HDR + AA in Oblivion, while Fallout 3 was benched with HDR.

Amazing how far we've come since 2006. 7950GX2 quad SLI would have been a $1100-1200 video card setup, while even a priced gouged 5870 sells for $400-450. Definitely puts the video card into perspective. I've always been a proponent of spending enough to get what you really want, but these multi-gpu "drool boxes" really show how outclassed your investment can be in a few years.
 
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