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I see on there it says the 6870 x 2 is in 3rd place overall. Is that the case? Granted it is 2 cards in crossfire, but are they faster/more powerful than a gtx580? According to the list they are...they are also 179$ a pop, instead of 460$ for a 580. I can run x-fire, but can't SLI without a new board. Digging into my budget. What is better for me? I am more concerned with all out raw horsepower. I want fps. LOL. But I guess after all the stuff I learned about DX11 I want the eye candy too.

So I know I keep comparing them, but I just want to get whats best for what I have. I had bad luck with a 4870x2 (the one card solution), had trouble with the 2900xt (less than the 4870x2 but still). Had nearly ZERO trouble with the GTX295.

So....what do ya'll think?

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BTW I only play at 1920X1080 now...but if two cards are capable of running 3 monitors WELL, then I might buy 2 more of this monitor?
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Yes I do believe the 2X 6870 is faster than one GTX 580. However there are sometimes issues with crossfire/Sli. One card is almost always easier to deal with. I own a 6870 and I have been toying with the idea of going crossfire as well.
    
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For your purposes the 6870s are probably the best dual GPUs you can get without bottlenecking with that CPU.

The GTX 580 has one of the worst price/performance ratios.

Have fun with AMD drivers in CFX LULz.
    
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Originally Posted by MinitroN;14551812 

The GTX 580 has one of the worst price/performance ratios.

Have fun with AMD drivers in CFX LULz.

Well thats exactly why I wanted to know. I had hell with driver issues with the 4870, but I just assumed it was old. I really like nvidia, but I want the most bang for my buck too. I can always sell whatever I get when Kepler comes out. I just want to make sure I am making a good upgrade from my 295.

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If you want to go down the "2 mid range => than 1 high end" path but the AMD driver issues (which I have not had) have you spooked, a pair of 560 tis will smoke a single 580.

I am happy with 2 x 6870.
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I just upgraded to 2x 6870 from a 5870 and I have to say those two 6870s are certainly fast. I can definitely believe they are faster than a 580.

As for driver issues/microstuttering, I'm having no problems so far when playing any games (crysis 2, bfbc2, sc2, LoL, etc) but I'm know to be lucky with computer parts...I guess the issues with xfire drivers are a hit or miss.

If you're willing to risk any headaches with your build for the performance, I'd say its worth the risk.
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post #7 of 19
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Doom;14551937 
If you want to go down the "2 mid range => than 1 high end" path but the AMD driver issues (which I have not had) have you spooked, a pair of 560 tis will smoke a single 580.

I am happy with 2 x 6870.

I can't sli with this board. And with the patch it would be so-so. So I would need to buy a new board AND 2 560's, when for that much money I can buy a 580 and liquid cool my cpu! LOL.

I am willing to spend maybe around a grand...haven't decided. I know I want a new video card. I think I might want a different kind of ram. I have dabbled in the ideo of a new mobo. and or liquid cooling but I don't know for sure what I want to do quite yet. All I know FOR SURE is a new video card.

6870x2 =400$.
560tix2+Asus Sabertooth= 660$
580=460$

So.....

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Ihasfip;14552015 
6870x2 =400$.
560tix2+Asus Sabertooth= 660$
580=460$

You can definitely get the 6870s cheaper than that. I got two sapphire 6870s from newegg at $155 each after rebate and with free shipping. Without the rebate they were $175. This price is from less than a month ago, the rebate having ended at the beginning of this month (I think).

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Well I will buy from fry's as they price match. And I don't like to wait. Lol.

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Another option is the GTX 570. Fast single card and nvidia drivers.
    
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