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Poll Results: What would you do for a 1920x1080 HD?

 
  • 76% (29)
    Another 6870 for Xfire
  • 13% (5)
    Zotac GTX 570 for $304 after rebate
  • 0% (0)
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post #1 of 26
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Currently, I'm rollin' with a 6870. I can buy another 1 for $230 (w/$30 rebate) or the following:

Zotac GTX 570 for $304 after rebate

Zotac GTX 480 for $330

Sapphire 6950 Toxic for $330

What would you do in this scenario
Edited by drBlahMan - 10/15/11 at 2:11pm
post #2 of 26
get another 6870.
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post #3 of 26
Crossfire it - you'd be suprised how good the scaling is.

edit: 2x6870s will outperform a 580 in everything apart from vram limited games. You just have to live with the power consumption
Edited by fluxlite - 10/15/11 at 2:28pm
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post #4 of 26
Crossfire :3 you will get better FPS in games then with a 580.
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post #5 of 26
Without a doubt, I'd grab a faster card.

Quote:
Originally Posted by TOMSHARDWARE
CrossFire With Two Cards

If you're only judging based on average frame rates, two cards seems like a great deal for the price. We've had several readers write in, though, complaining about this micro-stuttering issue, which simply cannot be seen in the context of normal benchmarks.

Even at frame rates above 50 FPS, micro-stuttering rears its ugly head, pronounced enough to significantly detract from the gaming experience. A paradigm shift seems necessary, at least until both AMD and Nvidia are able to prevent or mask the artifact. Right now, if you asked us whether it'd be smart to "go cheap" on an inexpensive card and double-down later with another one, we'd have to suggest against it if you're the sort to be bothered by micro-stuttering. The improvement in performance would be negated by the phenomenon's impact. Currently, it seems like cards less powerful than the Radeon HD 6950 are not well-suited for dual-card CrossFire. Even if the frame rates look decent, the slower the GPU, the more pronounced you'll see micro-stuttering during gameplay.

At the same time, not everyone is equally sensitive to time-skewed frame sequences, and quite a few cheap TFT LCD displays help hide the effect. Even so, AMD has a major undertaking ahead of it in order to really improve the dual-card experience.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...fire,2995.html
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post #6 of 26
Get the other 6870...as Fluxlite said above, 2 6870's will outperform a 580 by a good margin, let alone a GTX 570 or GTX 480.

WOOF!
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Originally Posted by MangyMutt View Post
Get the other 6870...as Fluxlite said above, 2 6870's will outperform a 580 by a good margin, let alone a GTX 570 or GTX 480.

WOOF!
Are you saying that 40 fps coming from two cards is an equally smooth experience as 40 fps coming from a single card? If you are, you're mistaken. I'm not totally bashing dual card setups, but you can't just equate fps and expect that you're comparing apples to apples. 40 fps derived from a pair of budget video cards will not be nearly as smooth as that coming from a single card. It's been proven time and time again here by members, mods, professional reviewers, etc.
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post #8 of 26
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Without a doubt, I'd grab a faster card.
Even though I've never encountered microstutter or advanced frame preparation from either the sli or crossfire systems I've built over the years, it's a fair argument against multi gpu systems.

You're far too bold in your suggestion, though. Many people are delighted with their multi gpu setups, and even those sensitive to quick changes in visual stimulus and input lag find no issue with them.
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You're far too bold in your suggestion, though.
My first post simply quoted a review from Tomshardware and my second post stated that all fps are not equal when comparing single and dual card setups. Which of these do you feel was too bold?
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My first post simply quoted a review from Tomshardware and my second post stated that all fps are not equal when comparing single and dual card setups. Which of these do you feel was too bold?
The part where you said "Without a doubt, I'd grab a faster card."
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