KFA2 Geforce 570 MDT -
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No mention of price? I find it hard to believe that it gets stamped with "Guru3D Recommended" when it has obvious glaring faults and no mention price compared to a normal 570 or even a pair of say 560s or even 570s.
This is all my opinion but the product obviously doesn't make any sense. I'll flesh out my argument here.
* No API support for NVIDIA surround
* Resolution limitations to 50hz 1920x1080
* Unknown and probably high price.
The review seems to lack a critical opinion and skims over the points that would in my eyes damage the nvidia branding by releasing this card at all.
For example, the resolution limitations will not be advertised on the box, users will have a frustrating time setting up their PC or making assumptions that DVI-D will work like DVI-D on all ports and buying multiple high resolution displays to work with this card. I can see a lot of sad faces here. Do you remember AMD Eyefinity limitations? That caused a lot of sad faces for many users, and the limitations here are much much worse.
The lack of API support for nvidia surround means that gamers, even using an nvidia card will not be able to benefit from nvidia surround technology, meaning HUDs won't be centered on the screen, perhaps increasing support claims for nvidia itself along the lines of (nvidia surround not WORKING!).
The obvious target market for this card are people who want to use mutliple monitors as one large display, but with price unknown how are users to know if this product is even worth it, especially considering it's faulty functionality and that you could probably pick up two GTX 560 cards for cheaper than one of these would cost, with better performance, nvidia surround API support and the ability to use any size screen you want.
Sure as a single monitor single card it is nice, but don't we already have a lot of nice GTX 570 cards out there? This product tries to pull away from the crowd with it's MDT which will likely drive price skyward, a function that is in all respects highly limited and damaging to consumer opinion.
I believe the reasoning behind nvidia requiring SLi for nvidia surround is quite sound and shows a level of wisdom. The effect is two fold, not only do you get the full functionality of the DVI port used but you also get the performance that's really needed to run an nvidia surround setup. By using this technique nvidia can give a better experience for it's surround users and the solidity of the solution improves customer opinion, as quite frankly I think I'd rather have an nvidia surround setup than an eyefinity setup.
With all the current knowns and unknowns about the card, why recommend it?