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Poll Results: What is logical move for update from HD 5870

 
  • 33% (8)
    Buying another used 5870 and X-fire
  • 4% (1)
    Buying HD 6970 and x-fire
  • 16% (4)
    Getting NVidia GTX 580
  • 37% (9)
    Waiting for ATI 7xxx series to come out
  • 8% (2)
    Other (please explain)
24 Total Votes  
post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Hi guys, I am getting ready for BF3 so I am planning to upgrade my graphic.
At the moment I am a proud owner of Saphire Vapor-x 5870 and my question is regarding what should I do.
I already summarize some options,
First is finding used 5870 and x-fire it, second getting a HD 6970 and x-fire it.
Another option is to sell mine and get either GTX 580 or just wait till ati 7xxx series comes out in 4Q of 2011.
For now I am planing to spend up to $450 but if a solution ask for more I am willing to add some more.
Please do not hate and flame each other on ATI vs NVidia, I need opinion regarding best money-wise and graphic card that should invest for longer period of usage.
My PSU is 750w and I would like to avoid buying a new one for now, so please have that in mind.
Thank you all for help and reply on this matter.
Cheers

EDIT: my gameplay resolution is 1920x1200

EDIT: I have decided to go with 6870 cf so I will be selling my saphire 5870 vapor-x.
My question now is what company should I get it from?
Thank you
Edited by Damir Poljak - 8/20/11 at 12:47am
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post #2 of 21
Money wise crossfiring the 5870 is easily the best choice.

580s in SLi get owned by 6970s in CFX at 2560x1600(1440) in performance and price.
    
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Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by MinitroN;14637315 
Money wise crossfiring the 5870 is easily the best choice.

580s in SLi get owned by 6970s in CFX at 2560x1600(1440) in performance and price.

Thanks. What do you think of 5870 and 6970 in CFX? Would that be kind of logic step forward? Later on selling 5870 and getting another 6970. Thoughts?
Edited by Damir Poljak - 8/18/11 at 11:01pm
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post #4 of 21
I myself have the 5870 and it still does very well in the games I play.
I thought about getting a 6950/6970, but the performance gain over the 5870 is not high enough to warrant a change.
Unless any new games comes out, and the 5870 start having problems.

Waiting for the 7xxx series is the best choice right now. If you can find a cheap, cheap 5870 to crossfire, that will hold you over.

You cant crossfire a 6xxx to a 5xxx, dont work. Plus I would wait till BF3 comes out, and see how your system handles it.
I'm waiting on BF3 also.
    
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post #5 of 21
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sp33d Junki3;14637543 
I myself have the 5870 and it still does very well in the games I play.
I thought about getting a 6950/6970, but the performance gain over the 5870 is not high enough to warrant a change.
Unless any new games comes out, and the 5870 start having problems.

Waiting for the 7xxx series is the best choice right now. If you can find a cheap, cheap 5870 to crossfire, that will hold you over.

You cant crossfire a 6xxx to a 5xxx, dont work. Plus I would wait till BF3 comes out, and see how your system handles it.
I'm waiting on BF3 also.
Sound reasonable.
Although, no price guesses for those yet wink.gif
I hope they will not be more than $450-$500 rolleyes.gif I'm guessing more than $799
Edited by Damir Poljak - 8/18/11 at 11:09pm
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post #6 of 21
Pretty much what the dude above me says (except the 5870 is significantly faster than the 6950 for a single GPU).

HD 6970s in CFX are the fastest Dual-GPU setup on the market (tied with 580 3GBs in SLi).

It'll be faster than 5870s in CFX but for your, it's not worth the money. There would actually be a significant performance difference between the 6970s and 5870s because of CFX scaling.
    
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post #7 of 21
One issue right now is the prices of the 5870 and 6970. The prices have been pushed up, so the GTX580 is not so bad in price. If you find a deal on a another 5870, then grab one. Other than that, I would wait.
     
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post #8 of 21
Depends if you can find a cheap second hand 5870...

I sold mine for $175 a few months ago....I chose not to crossfire....
I switched to SLI 560TIs

Battlefield BC2 runs smoother and nicer too...
wouldn't buy a new 5870 for crossfire...HD5000-series don't scale as good as HD6000-series..

options:

2 X HD6950....
1 X GTX580
2 X GTX570

I don't like the 6970s they run hot apparently....
post #9 of 21
I posted this very same question about 6 months ago. The overwhelming response was go with another 5870 and CF (I would've probably already done this if I'd gotten my hands on an 890/990fx board!). The price is what makes adding a 2nd 5870 so attractive. The performance would be very good and much less expensive then going, say, 6970 CF. I love the 580s but for the price you could only get one without dropping nearly a grand and the performance of CF 5870 is slightly above that of a 580 with the difference being a 5870 will run you around 200 whereas a 580 is about 400+ currently and the 6970 CF is a whopping 700ish.
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post #10 of 21
I was in the same boat, and I picked up two 6950s for crossfire. I just couldn't spend the premium that a used 5870 fetches. If you look at ebay, a used 5870 usually goes for 200-250$. Crossfire scaling isn't as good with the 5870s as it is with the newer series for both Nvidia and ATI. But my situation is a bit rare, I wound up getting my two 6950s for $325.00 from NE open box. I plan to sell my 5870 on ebay so my upgrade should only cost me about $100 or less. Not bad for a double performance increase in most cases.

As far as your PSU goes, you will be fine crossfiring any of those cards with a 750 watt PSU.
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