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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..
TigerDirect still has some. I just noticed that today, in my own search for a video card upgrade. Sadly (?) I'm tied to Newegg with a Gift Card, so I'll be waiting until something comprable or better comes in stock at a price point I'm comfortable with.
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I tend to prefer single card solutions, but there is no denying that crossfired 6950's offers some tremendous performance for your gaming dollar. At 1080p, both solutions will offer some great gaming though and you cannot go wrong with either. But dollar for dollar, the 6950's get the "performance" nod, plenty of reviews out there to illustrate how much.
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ok, thanks for all the feed, I've read everything....HD 6950's seem like a more convincing option. The scaling seems to be more reliable according to some of your posts. So looks like I'm going with the xfired 6950's!
Just make sure that if you go Crossfire 6950 get the 2gb version not the 1GB.
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Yea I also love my 6950's. BEASTS! If your going multi monitor setup later in the future go with the 6950's 2gb's & try to get refrence models to unlock. If not a single 580 will do you good, you could SLI in the future also.
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post #45 of 79
Really it comes down to you.

GTX 580 Pros:
Single slot
Can upgrade later
Handles most if not all games at Max 1920x1080
Nvidia Drivers tend to be more stable on newly released games ( what people say I agree personally, coming from someone whos had an unlocked 6950 )

Cons:
Less performance than a 6950 crossfire (but unless your doing eyefinity doesnt really matter)
Costs more performance to price ratio

6950 2gb crossfire Pros:
Better performance
more cost efficient
Can go to tri monitor setup asap

6950 2gb crossfire Cons:
its not a gtx 580


I personally would buy whatever is most suited to your gaming style. If you like a single monitor setup and you play few games that dont support crossfire then get the gtx 580 else get the 6950s
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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.
Unless he gets a 3GB 580 then it will be the 6970s choking
    
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Unless he gets a 3GB 580 then it will be the 6970s choking
I believe your merely paraphrasing what I have already stated. Thanks for the contribution.

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In addition, the regular 580's (the 1.5GB varieties) are less future proof than 6950's. In fact the original 580's were awful for Surround or even gaming at 2560X1600 in some cases due to that pesky VRAM wall. I won't disagree they have horsepower to spare, but it wasn't until the 3GB revision that the 580's became worth the cash.

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the more posts i read, the more harder the decision is lol....damit
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to be honest, i think i finaly found my solution on tigerdirect....whoever said to look on tigerdirect i thank you sir!

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...&sku=H231-6972
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In my opinion, if you are simply going for a single monitor solution, I see no reason to grab two 6950's... One OC'd 6970 or 580 will max ANY game currently on the market at the resolution you're playing at. I currently have two 580's in SLI. Started with one, decided I wanted to run Surround and got another. I have been nothing but impressed with the card, fantastic driver support (as expected...) and incredible performance even with the stock coolers. My only regret? That I didn't see the 3gb versions coming before I bought mine... Oh well, they still kick serious arse .

When it comes down to it man, I think you need to ask yourself if you are ever going to go for a triple monitor setup. If you are, I'd say grab either one 6950/70 now, CF later when you get teh monitors, or simply grab two of either now. If you decide on a single monitor setup, a single 6950/70 will be all the card you'll need. Personally, I'd grab one 580, and a 3gb version. You might spend a little more money now, but when kepler comes out these things are going to be sooo much cheaper.

Anywho.. just my scrambled 2 cents.

Cheers,
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