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my advice is stick with the most current gpu to get better support.480 is definitely a beast but u cant go wrong with 6950.one of d best bang for buck gpu currently on d market
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6950 all the way.
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post #13 of 58
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Originally Posted by levontraut;13476407 
well the 480 does get warm... but if you look at the power behind it, it is a beast. and so what if it draws so much power to get it working..... i still think it is the strongest 2nd gen card out there.. the new 500's are good but anything to beat the 480 is the 580 and up... and the 6990 yes as well... anything less that that , i do not think it will beat the 480.

Yeah,

A pair of 480's are similar if not better in some benches that a pair of 6970's

Proof

I still think 2nd gen single GPU flagships are the way to go.

SLI GTX285 > GTX480 / SLI GTX480 > GTX580

the pattern is similar for ATi, but they often have crazy price/performance cards to fill in every price point...
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post #14 of 58
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Originally Posted by levontraut;13475972 
480... stronger than the ati's there.... and it is older so it will be cheaper....

if it was me, i would go with the nvidia card.... ati stuff scare me as they have horrible drivers

Common....this whole driver excuse is so old, it is not even funny. Why do not you get a 6x or 5x series card and try out the new drivers. Probably will give you a different perspective.

To OP, I was contemplating getting the 480 myself when I got my 6950. Sure, on raw performance a pair of 480 may edge out a pair of 6950. But when you look at the overall picture, the 6950 stands out better:
1) Much less power draw.
2) Latest gen card.
3) Crossfire scalling is almost 100%
4) Overall was cheaper for me. At that time 480s were pretty close in price to 6950 and I did not have to go buy a bigger PSU.

And mind you, I was a nVIDIA user before. Had a pair of 8800 GTX to begin with, went to 9800 GTX+ and then to a pair of GTX 260. I then decided to give the red side a try. Could not be happier - except maybe the folding business...yes...somehow got addicted...I blame Zodac biggrin.gif
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post #15 of 58
tbh... single ati cards are ok... but xfire are still in my books a nightmare.

i hade a set of 6850's and did not like it at all. that is why i sold it to my friend at almost half the price at what i bought them for. (only 2 months old)
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post #16 of 58
Quote:
Originally Posted by levontraut;13476932 
tbh... single ati cards are ok... but xfire are still in my books a nightmare.

i hade a set of 6850's and did not like it at all. that is why i sold it to my friend at almost half the price at what i bought them for. (only 2 months old)

How many times are you going to bring drivers back into this thread? :/
    
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post #17 of 58
Quote:
Originally Posted by 2thAche;13476170 
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2010/12/16/ati-radeon-hd-6950-review/10

376W at full load? That's insane.

That's total power draw for the FULL SYSTEM! Not just the card... rolleyes.gif
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post #18 of 58
Quote:
Originally Posted by levontraut;13476932 
tbh... single ati cards are ok... but xfire are still in my books a nightmare.

i hade a set of 6850's and did not like it at all. that is why i sold it to my friend at almost half the price at what i bought them for. (only 2 months old)

It is unfortunate you had a bad experience. But I will disagree that is fault of your card or drivers. It maybe something you did not set right. I had my share of issues (both SLI and crossfire) and in the end, turns out to be something I did. As you can see from my sig rig, I am not just blowing hot air. I speak of what I use and crossfire is working just fine for me.
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post #19 of 58
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Originally Posted by Bo_Punk_2.0;13477040 
That's total power draw for the FULL SYSTEM! Not just the card... rolleyes.gif

Ahh IC.

That's still OVER 100W MORE THAN THE 6950!!!
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Ahh IC.

That's still OVER 100W MORE THAN THE 6950!!!

yeah, its ~130W more, but it is a faster card

if we take the 6970 as an example, that card will require ~50W more under load than the 6950, so if you overclock the 6950 to achieve 6970 speeds then its going to consume that much power, if not more, closing that gap.

of course with summer drawing ever closer I can't help but think about "downgrading" yet again from my GTX580 to an ultimately cooler (ie less watts) AMD solution. I'm already glad I got rid of my GTX470 SLI setup (although that setup certainly came in handy over winter wink.gif)
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