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So I'm on the fence. Part of me wants to grab one of the two different Gigabyte 470's on Newegg and add another later. Another part of me wants to splurge and grab a Twin Frozr III 570 (and add another later). The 470's would cost me around $450 while the 570's would end up being over $700. Is it worth the extra money? I know the 470's run hotter, but those Gigabyte cards look like they have good cooling. They both have the same VRAM amount too.

(I was considering getting 480's but I understand they draw a lot of power and generate tons of heat)

It sucks...Amazon has the Twin Frozr III 570 for $329 but its not in stock...so I'd have no idea when I'd get it. Thanks for any info! I plan on ordering tonight or tomorrow. And don't worry, I'm getting rid of this Antec Earthwatts PSU next week and getting a Corsair/Seasonic modular 750w.
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The 570's are probably a better solution. They use less power, run cooler, and faster. And, the one you're looking at wouldn't be plagued by the VRM issues that ref cards have.

Just to make sure, you've already ruled out 6950/6970 crossfire, right?
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The 570's are probably a better solution. They use less power, run cooler, and faster. And, the one you're looking at wouldn't be plagued by the VRM issues that ref cards have.

Just to make sure, you've already ruled out 6950/6970 crossfire, right?
If it was me I would go 6970's in cross fire. Going to end up being similarly priced.
    
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If it was me I would go 6970's in cross fire. Going to end up being similarly priced.
If you get 6950's and unlock them, it would be cheaper.

Either way, it's still cheaper than 570 sli.
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Not sure what to say but GTX470 dont run that hot with custom coolers. Stock cooler is that one that sucks. Also as far as Power GTX570 is about the same as GTX470 or within 10W. I would save the money and get 2 x GTX560 Ti which are very fast and cool or go ATI.
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ok first off I had SLI 470's then upgraded them with evga step-up to SLI 570's, it was a great decision. They perform better and are MUCH cooler and quieter. Don't hesitate!
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Well I was almost dead-set on getting Twin Frozr III 6950's, but I'm paranoid about DX11/tessellation performance with BF3 coming up which is why I'm looking at Nvidia cards again.
Edited by TMallory - 7/22/11 at 2:59pm
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Well I was almost dead-set on getting Twin Frozr III 6950's, but I'm paranoid about DX11/tessellation performance with BF3 coming up.
my 570's own BC2 hardcore, 1080p 8xAA, HBAO on, 16xAF the works over 150fps buttery smooth...i don't expect BF3 to be much different in performance
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Not sure what to say but GTX470 dont run that hot with custom coolers. Stock cooler is that one that sucks. Also as far as Power GTX570 is about the same as GTX470 or within 10W. I would save the money and get 2 x GTX560 Ti which are very fast and cool or go ATI.
Well I want over 1GB of VRAM, and unfortunately there's only two 2GB models of the 560ti - one is the reference EVGA version (likely to run hot, but good customer support) and the other is a Palit non-reference (loud at 50%+ fan speed, questionable customer service). If there was a Twin Frozr III 560ti 2GB I'd be on it like white on rice
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Reference 570s really aren't all that loud or hot at all. Mine with an overclock never saw above 65C while gaming and only 3 degrees hotter during benching runs.

The problems with the VRMs is likely to have been ironed out with the newer stock as not many people have been reporting dead cards.

I'd say stick with 570s. And if you really want to avoid any VRM issue I would either pick up the EVGA Classified GTX 570 or the MSi GTX 570 PE/OC Twin Frozr III.

The EVGA Classified comes with 2 more VRMs and the board is a 580 board with some memory modules missing. I've had no problems overclocking my 580s with the same amount of phases so the 570 shouldn't either.
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