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A single GTX 480 is faster than GTX260 SLI even when the SLI scales well. That is a huge win for the 480, and enough for some people to call that a far better solution. Because there will be times the GTX260 SLI won't scale well either due to VRAM bottlenecks or poor driver support, and in those circumstances the 480 will blow them out of the water.
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Two GTX 580's SLI will beat the AMD 6950's Crossfire and that's where he's going to end up. First choice.

Go with the AMD 6950's now for more performance up front, keep in mind eventually gaming will catch up and you'll have to switch both out. At the end of the road, the two GTX 580's SLI will have taken him further then the AMD 6950's crossfire.
Up front two 6950s will take him further because of how much faster they are. And at the end of the road two 580s will be quite a bit more expensive, especially if opting for the 3GB model. It is viable that, at the end of the road, it would be more enticing to upgrade to a new architecture on a new process node rather than sticking in another relatively old and hot 580. So I think if someone is going to go with a dual card setup, they might as well go with one out of the gate (assuming they need or want that kind of horsepower).
Edited by cusideabelincoln - 8/2/11 at 8:26am
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Up front two 6950s will take him further because of how much faster they are. And at the end of the road two 580s will be quite a bit more expensive, especially if opting for the 3GB model. It is viable that, at the end of the road, it would be more enticing to upgrade to a new architecture on a new process node rather than sticking in another relatively old and hot 580. So I think if someone is going to go with a dual card setup, they might as well go with one out of the gate (assuming they need or want that kind of horsepower).
Slight correction as you have no system bio and I don't know if you own 580 or not to know any better.

Not hot at all. Very highly over clockable. Fermi matured in the redesign. No VRM, BIOS issues. Solid purchase.

I idle 38C-40C, full throttle gaming I max 77C-79C. Check out the 'Official GTX580 Overclockers Club' for proof. Amazing results.

The rest is subjectionable to opinion which your entitled to.
     
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Slight correction as you have no system bio and I don't know if you own 580 or not to know any better.

Not hot at all. Very highly over clockable. Fermi matured in the redesign. No VRM, BIOS issues. Solid purchase.

I idle 38C-40C, full throttle gaming I max 77C-79C. Check out the 'Official GTX580 Overclockers Club' for proof. Amazing results.

The rest is subjectionable to opinion which your entitled to.
Hot means many things. I was using it in reference to its 200W+ TDP and real world power usage. A future card on a new node with a new architecture will have drastically better performance per watt. I was not referring to temperature, which is subject to the effectiveness of the cooler being used and different coolers can be used.
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Has anyone been able to unlock these 6950s? They're clearly not reference and I have heard of only a few non-reference 6950s can unlock.
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Matrix all the way
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no, actually high-end cards such as 580 give you diminishing returns vs CF and SLI. Btw, those 6950's cost a lot in your area or wherever you're buying them from...
    
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Why go w/ the Matrix? Why not a regular GTX 580 that's a lot cheaper?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121429
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Why go w/ the Matrix? Why not a regular GTX 580 that's a lot cheaper?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121429
Cause it's a Matrix.

Reference :



ROG :



Need i say more?
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+1 for dual 6950's. They're great cards and scale well in crossfire.
    
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Cause it's a Matrix.

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ROG :



Need i say more?
Nope, speaks for itself with - •19-phase, 35°C cooler than reference, Safe Mode button resets the graphics card back to default frequencies & BIOS, very much in a league of it's own. Over clockers dream card at a premium price.
     
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