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I'm stuck within making my decision on my upgrade. I was first contemplating getting a single HD 6970 but they are currently sold out and I want a little more power. So I want some feedback from somebody who is running 2x 6950's in xfire and/or running a single GTX580. Appreciated.

BTW I've never used a Nvidia card, I have been ATI. So that would be a big change for me also. Thought i'd mention that.

Heres the 2x 6950's... they come to $495
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125385

Heres the GTX 580... comes to $484
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814162073


So the price isn't a matter in this case, its performance..
Edited by snow cakes - 8/9/11 at 12:08pm
post #2 of 79
Well 6950's will out perform a single GTX 580 but at 1080p a single GTX 580 is more than enough.

If it were me I would get the GTX 580 and SLI later and this is coming from a 6970 crossfire owner
post #3 of 79
I would get 2x 6950 2GB and try to unlock it to 6970s, its like $580 before rebates for 2x 6950 2gb and $499 minimum new at newegg for a GTX 580...I think you will be happy with the performance gain in CF imo.
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I'm stuck within making my decision on my upgrade. I was first contemplating getting a single HD 6970 but they are currently sold out and I want a little more power. So I want some feedback from somebody who is running 2x 6950's in xfire and/or running a single GTX580. Appreciated.
Benchmark wise, 6950 CF smashes 580, but going with 580 saves u the hassle of multi-gpu, and u can SLI a 580 later on.
But either way, u can max out most games anyway
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post #5 of 79
Agreed. Get one 580 now and sli later. My 6950's are great but they have left me wanting more.
    
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Go for the Single card...won't have to deal with the driver issues of multi-gpu cards, and games not supporting them...
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post #7 of 79
2 6950's. Look for those that will unlock if you can and snag em. There's your 2 6970's. Near enough to 580 SLI performance and are much less likely to choke if you ever go Eyefinity.
    
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Have had GTX580 and now HD 6950 Unlocked. I know that single GTX580 is not much faster then HD 6950 but CF HD 6950 are a lot faster.
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post #9 of 79
CF 6950's then add another later.

And the 2Gb frame buffer will help out a lot
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I happen to like my 6950s. Though I'd probably go with whichever way is cheaper.
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