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Should I leave my 580 and grab the 6990 - Owners opinions?

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Ok, here's the deal.

Both great cards, I can't speak from experience with the 6990's because I went from 5870 to gtx580 to gtx580 SLI.

Frankly, I'm bored, without trying to sound like an idiot, I do have the cash to spare and I'm looking forward to all the new releases.

I have given one of my 580's to a relative because he can't afford one and I can manage with a single one.

I basically want to know if the 6990 is a good card, I'm not a baby who complains about noise levels because it's stupid, but still please let me know about the fan if you have an opinion.

Can anybody comment on the exhaust system? In case/out of case/both ways? I ave plenty of ventilation so no big drama there.

Heat?

Drivers? Has anyone noticed ANY driver issues?

Look forward to your feedback.
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An overclocked 6990 will come close to a GTX580 in SLI, if you can put that sucker under water and manage to squeeze 1GHz core clock out of it you will be dead even with a GTX 580 SLI setup. That's not saying an OC'd GTX 580 SLI wouldn't pull ahead either.
    
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I have not used a 6990, but I have used 5850's, 6870's and unlocked 6950's in x-fire and have almost never had any issues with drivers or setup as long as the crossfire profiles are kept up to date.

On the heat front, from what I read, the 6990 is a hot running card as are my 6950's in x-fire, but so is a OC'd GTX580. I had a GTX580 at 960Mhz core @ 1.15v and it created a noticeable amount of heat, pretty close to my 6950's.
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Only reason is if you were going to 3 screens or something but otherwise, it's like trading in your camaro for a mustang.
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For the price of 580 SLI, you can also get a Tri-Fire set-up: 6990+6970, much much more powerful then 580 SLI.

I'm using a really complicated set-up: Quad-Fire 6990+6970+6970 with 3X30'' LCDs Eyefinity, and don't have any problems. Don't remember the last time I had a BSOD/freeze/crash in the last 8 months.

Honestly, since 2 or 3 months, AMD drivers are having less problems then Nvidia. AMD drivers are getting much better lately.
    
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For the price of 580 SLI, you can also get a Tri-Fire set-up: 6990+6970, much much more powerful then 580 SLI.
Really? Because from what I've seen quad fire loses to tri sli.


Much much more, as in you have proof right, or much much more as in you just like using much more than you should?
    
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Ive used both the 6990 and GTX 590. The 6990 performs very well, but for the slight performance increase it isn't worth it. The 6990 is slightly cooler but spreads the heat and is very loud. The GTX 590 gets up to around 85-90C loaded but does not spread the heat and the technology used stops it from melting or being damaged. It also runs very quiet in comparison to the 6990. If you want a higher range card the GTX 590 is probably better than the 6990, despite being slightly inferior. It does run 3D games and programs far better than the 6990 however.

An OC 6990 will probably surpass your SLI GTX 580's in performance, but it isn't worth it. If you want to upgrade I would definitely go for the GTX 590, and if you want an ATI card wait for the entry level 7000 series so they run quieter and cooler.
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Dammit this really sucks guys.

As I mentioned I only have the sinlge gtx 580 now, so the 6990 will still be a big upgrade yeah???

I know all the benchmarks but i guess you just need people to convince you while you convince yourself

At least the 6990 will be better for maxing very intensive directX11 games like metro 2033 i guess

I mean the 580 does well but the 6990 should well outperform the single 580

Does anyone know anything substantial about the 700 series? Also whats the deal with directX12 and all these high end cards of 2011 in regards to DX12?
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post #9 of 15
A single 6990 is a big upgrade from a single 580. for the same price as SLI 580's you can tri-fire with a 6970 and get even more performance.

There's not much info out regarding the 700 series, expect to hear more about them in Q4 this year. And as far as DX 12 goes, I dont think there's any games that actually support it. Worry about DX12 later, enjoy your games now I say
    
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Yeah I've always been the first to agree with enjoying things now and not waiting, or else you'll be forever waiting.

I guess the 6990 is the one card that you could get the most out of the longest if going for a single card setup.

So hard to decide...I just want to buy a card that I can keep for the next year solid. Might wait to see the 7xxx series offerings and then make my mind up? 6990's should even go down in price when they hit maybe?
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