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going to build my new rig soon.....

3 radeon HD6970 will cost me $914

where as 2gtx msi lightning will cost $1194


now stuck between two...........
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post #2 of 67
2 6970 imo. No need for a 3rd one. Save some money towards and SSD or better mobo.
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post #3 of 67
in terms of raw gpu power... even with the 580s overclocked to 1ghz... i'm pretty sure that the three 6970s would come out on top (of course amd gpus are known to have finicky drivers for newer games, might be something to consider)

trifire also scales really well
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post #4 of 67
What are the rest of the new system specs you intend to put that GPU setup in?

I hope its not your sig rig.
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post #5 of 67
I'd advise just getting 1x580 tbh.

I have 3x6970s (which are used for other processing tasks and not games) and the scaling with games is ok most of the time, but the rest of the time it's pretty poor (and generates a biblical amount of heat and noise ).

If you really want multiple graphics cards (which I'd never recommend anyway due to the inherent problems which still exist) then i'd go for 580s.
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post #6 of 67
Honestly, Your better off waiting for Southern Islands, Cause once you get 2x GTX580s or 3x 6970s, Southern Islands will be the thing that is bigger and better.

But if you want an upgrade now, Your best choice would be the 2X GTX580s.
Although 3X 6970s sounds powerful
You know would be talking to ya friend "What sort of graphics ya got", "3 AMD 6970s in Tri-Fire ""

But why not get a Single AMD Radeon 6990.
Edited by AMDrocks - 7/17/11 at 2:06am
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What are the rest of the new system specs you intend to put that GPU setup in?

I hope its not your sig rig.
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Edited by facepalm - 7/17/11 at 2:12am
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post #8 of 67
Whats the point of a 580? You could just get quad (unneeded) sli 570s and that would be better. As for the Ati side I have no experience with their performance.
     
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Honestly, Your better off waiting for Southern Islands, Cause once you get 2x GTX580s or 3x 6970s, Southern Islands will be the thing that is bigger and better.

But if you want an upgrade now, Your best choice would be the 2X GTX580s.
Although 3X 6970s sounds powerful
You know would be talking to ya friend "What sort of graphics ya got", "3 AMD 6970s in Tri-Fire ""

But why not get a Single AMD Radeon 6990.
lol....maaan i have waited enough i am from Q6600 and 8800gt era...and dont think 7970 will arrive until november or december....
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post #10 of 67
I would honestly get 2 580's or 3 570's. NVidia drivers are much better than ATi's still to my knowledge and usually aren't as finicky with new games and cards that come out. 580's are also pretty powerful by themselves, you won't be upgrading them for a while I don't think.

And even if you do, you could always just add another 580 to the mix, then another after that. (3-4 580's > 7970-7990 I would think.)
    
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