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post #11 of 20
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this is scary i dropped lole 2k into my comp already.
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post #12 of 20
2x hd6970 will destroy a gtx580,
get the sapphire hd6970.
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post #13 of 20
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this is scary i dropped lole 2k into my comp already.
Welcome to the club! Seriously there is a reason you'll see rig names like the money pit and such. It's a fun hobby, and if you don't want to always be at the top, it's not too expensive. Unfortunately you seem to be like the rest of us suckers working our 9-5's to buy that next component lol.
    
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post #14 of 20
I'd go for an HD6970 CrossfireX over a single GTX580 any day!
    
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post #15 of 20
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Welcome to the club! Seriously there is a reason you'll see rig names like the money pit and such. It's a fun hobby, and if you don't want to always be at the top, it's not too expensive. Unfortunately you seem to be like the rest of us suckers working our 9-5's to buy that next component lol.
lol yup thats me
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post #16 of 20
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what does pci 3.0 mean? what is that going to do to the market?
It's going to be higher bandwidth PCI-Express port.

I don't think it's going to matter anyways.
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post #17 of 20
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Even 580's will hit 80C if stuck next to each other in SLI without a proper fan profile or case cooling.
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I had one 580 and it got to 80C until I watercooled it!
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how expensive is watercooling?
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post #19 of 20
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Originally Posted by Senator View Post
For an upgrade later? Meaning upgrading to 580 SLI later? Honestly with the fact that you've already spent the cash and have the 6970's installed just keep them. Your unlikely to ever find a game that will be playable on two 580's and not on two 6970's. With the arrival of PCIE 3.0 late this year or early next year, just let it be and upgrade then. The added bang for the 580's cost isn't worth it IMO.
last i heard PCIe 2.1 isnt even close to being a bottleneck...

whatll 3.0 really bring?
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post #20 of 20
In and of itself PCIE 3.0 brings only one real benefit to graphics cards: a effective doubling of the bit transfer rate from 5gtps to 8gtps. (yeah I know: 5+5=10. please feel free to google it.) However, like Intel and their Thunderbolt connector providing additional bandwidth for any data encourages manufacturers to engineer products that will utilize the available resources.

NVidia recently had this to say. Maybe I'm drawing he wrong conclusions, but with the Intel's latest revolution in transistor tech and the shrink to 22nm in the die process coupled with the predictions made in the aforementioned article, I foresee that trying to futureproof is stupid (nearly always has been). It's not that far-fetched to predict photo-realistic real-time rendering in gaming by 2015.

In the meantime, with the anticipated aggressive progression of GPU tech, going with a 580's in SLI instead of 2 6970's is like arguing pepsi or coke. It really will make very little difference before both are obsolete. And for the short time they are top of the ant hill, neither of them features a title that one setup renders playable while the other does not.

tl;dr. Stick with you current GPU. /thread
    
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