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Proof of that please




They scale better now. Keep in mind I own all types of cards and go for what is the best for the money. Also, to the other guy, two 6970s are slightly more (100 or so) than a single 580 and beat they beat one down, and are so close to a 580.
    
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Guys I don't think i can justify the expense of two 6970s or 580s however IF i did get one getting one in the future (if i can find one cheaply) would be an option.
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post #13 of 35
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Guys I don't think i can justify the expense of two 6970s or 580s however IF i did get one getting one in the future (if i can find one cheaply) would be an option.
Get 460 1GBs then, but make sure they aren't SE editions. At 1080p I eat up more than 768MB in most games, and in STALKER I eat all 1GB the 460 had. You can get 6970s openboxed for like 250-80, or used on here for like 290-300. You can get 6950s for 200 or so openboxed.
    
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Just go with a 580, you wont look back at anything. Than after a year or 2, Kepler or Maxwell will come with 28nm proses and than you can upgrade.
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Just go with a 580, you wont look back at anything. Than after a year or 2, Kepler or Maxwell will come with 28nm proses and than you can upgrade.
Once again, 6970CF can be had for nearly the same price as a SINGLE 580.
    
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I reccommend this ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-655-_-Product ), this is way better than the regular version of the 580 and besides who wants 2x 6970. This has 3 GB of ram and will rip through anything you run on your 30" 2560x1600 monitor. Trust me you will not be disappointed.

2 of these http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-554-_-Product will cost 679.98, and that's without tax, almost 700 dollars. Wait there is more, you only can use 2 GB of ram on those 2 cards. With any 2 cards in sli or crossfire you get more heat and one of the cards will run more hotter. 2 cards in sli or crossfire will require more wattage as well. Don't let the cheaper card fool you just because it shows similar performance. The reality is that the amd cards run hot just like the nvidia cards. If you get 2 of them, than expect 2x more heat. And if you don't have good airflow in your case than other parts of your pc will also be affected. When you play games on those 2x 6970, they get hot and of course you turn up the fan and that just yields more noise.



My point here is proven. Go with this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-655-_-Product and don't look back until Maxwell and Kepler come out.
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post #17 of 35
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Hmm single card.. single wind tunnel style fan.. I don't really trust that to be quiet enough at idle for my ears. I could put an accelero extreme on it but that'd be another 70 bucks.
Anyone have benchmarks of 1.5gb x 3gb single 580 @ 2560x1600?
The galaxy 580 is on sale for 489.99 on newegg right now, 100 bucks less than that solution and it comes with the extremely quiet accelero. However it's only the 1.5gb.
Even with a 580 however i'd still need some sort of second card even if i just threw in my 460 for now. I really don't have 700-1000 bucks for two video cards.
Budget is single 580 max right now OR sli of some kind or jumping to the AMD ship
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post #18 of 35
Don't jump to the AMD chip, just go with the 580 3gb version, that's more than enough for anything these days. The 580 3gb will play everything from metro to crysis to bf3 to anything so don't look back as I told you in my previous posts. Tf2 is not that of a demanding game so you will be getting some good ass fps numbers.
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post #19 of 35
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I just looked up two benchmark reviews and there's almost no difference between the 1.5gb and 3gb models at least according to these reviews:

http://www.fudzilla.com/reviews/item...phantom-tested

http://www.hardwareheaven.com/review...roduction.html
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post #20 of 35
At 1600p 2GB should be fine. I recommend the Radeon's in Crossfire. Eventually the HD 6950's flashed to 6970's.
Or just GTX 560'd with 2GB, but I belive they are more expensive.
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