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From a 4890, is there a reason for switching to Nvidia?

I would say stick with what you are familiar with and don't try to fix something that is not broken...
Both setups you are posting will be a great upgrade as each can easily max out any game at 1080p (other than AA)...

The crossfire will perform better and has displayport, but Nvidia has Physx and couple dual link dvi's(on one card) and better 3d support... Each of what you might not even use...

My two 580's have not yet disappointed...
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I would try to score two unlockable 6950s. Only reason I went with a gtx580 is because I am constrained to 1 slot. Good performance, but not the greatest bang for buck. Although deep down I prefer single card solutions.
    
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the reason is for a single card with power, instead of those 2 in xfire....like others said, I don't want to have to deal with driver issues. I've had 2x 4890's in xfire and they never scaled right so I sold one. I'll have to decide i guess from all this feedback. hmmm
post #24 of 79
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If you're just sticking to 1080p, I'd go with the single card solution. 1.5gb VRAm is more than enough at the resolution, and the raw firepower of the 580 will be enough to power any game.

Now, if you wanna go higher res than that, I'd go with the 6950s.
I have a GTX 470 and quite a few games push 1200+Mb of VRAM and I game at 1080p!
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Single GPU, that's my philosophy from now on.
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the reason is for a single card with power, instead of those 2 in xfire....like others said, I don't want to have to deal with driver issues. I've had 2x 4890's in xfire and they never scaled right so I sold one. I'll have to decide i guess from all this feedback. hmmm
Newer ATI cards are a different kettle of fish when it comes to scaling my friend.

If you can get some 6950's that unlock you're then looking at 6990 performance!!
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the reason is for a single card with power, instead of those 2 in xfire....like others said, I don't want to have to deal with driver issues. I've had 2x 4890's in xfire and they never scaled right so I sold one. I'll have to decide i guess from all this feedback. hmmm
Then get the GTX 580 (And overclock that darned 920 already!!! )

If you feel you are being held back after kepler is released, you can always sell it or SLI then
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post #28 of 79
Some posters state that you should get the 6950s and unlock them to 6970s. If you chose this route, you need to get lucky. There are only a few 6950s that can unlock to 6970s (do a search.....you should find a thread or two on OCN that will tell you which 6950 manufacturers who "MAY" produce unlockable gpus). As everyone states, 6950 CF is faster than a single 580, however if you want to future proof your gpu capability, then you should go with the 580 and if you need, SLI the 580 down the road. Two 580s kick two 6950s arses!
Edited by Zmanster - 8/9/11 at 12:30pm
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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
alright i think you should just get the 2x 6950s but this post makes absolutely no sense.

As he is recommending you dont buy the 2 6950s because its a hassle of Multi-GPUs (Which it is not i have had 4 setups of crossifre and never had any isssues that werent my own doing), but then he goes on to suggest you buy a second 580 later on to go SLI where you would still have teh "Hassle of Multi-GPU."

you deserve negative rep for that, sir

To OP: 4890s the scaling was fixed in later drivers (I ran a pair before this card) and also the new cards have none of those issues, as the 6950s scale nearly 100% in most games
Edited by Kevlo - 8/9/11 at 12:33pm
post #30 of 79
If you decide on Nvidia, I would highly recommend EVGA as their support is great... I can take my card apart, overclock it, burn it out, and not worry about EVGA trying to fight with me as they enforce overclocking...
Not only that, the gtx 580 is quieter than the crossfire setup...
Edited by Chris13002 - 8/9/11 at 12:44pm
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