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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)
    Zotac GTX 480 for $330
  • 10% (4)
    Sapphire 6950 Toxic for $330
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post #11 of 26
i have crossfire...and i have had loads of single card pc setups aswell....and I have to be honest here...


50fps on a single card and 50fps on my CF setup look the same to me...?

the difference is , is CF is LOUD!!! have to turn up my volume
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6870 xfire: runs pretty-good for me!





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post #13 of 26
It sure feels good to have a card everyone compares two cards with.

OP, your half way to a crossfire 6870, go that route as it's the most practical. It's great performance and it beats a single 6970, WUT?

I had that combo and though I was having some crossfire driver issues with 10.2 I'm sure they've been ironed out by now. At the time the 6870's were fairly new. The heat for the top card was high but in acceptable range. They were a bit loud but turned up volume or headsets while gaming took care of that.

Great card combo. It does close the door for better two card option but by the time your ready to upgrade the next gen cards will already be out. The only time you'll feel the difference is in VRAM intensive games or where only one card can be utilized.

Good luck and post back with you choice after you pull the trigger.
     
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post #14 of 26
Get a faster card. That way when ya need to, you could Xfire/SLI that card instead, and run circles around the 6870 xfire.

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post #15 of 26
Id say wait till end of Q1 2012 then grab a HD7970 or in mid Q2 2012 grab yourself a GTX680.
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Originally Posted by Arizonian View Post
The only time you'll feel the difference is in VRAM intensive games or where only one card can be utilized.

Good luck and post back with you choice after you pull the trigger.
I am concerned about vram. That's why I'm considering the 570 or 6950 2gb. Like someone had mentioned, I can always SLI/Xfire the higher tier cards if needed. The cost difference between another 6870 and the 570/6950 is not a concern. I'm just trying to decide what would be better for my HD resolution (games like Crysis 2, Metro 2033, & etc.)

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Originally Posted by Ace Telekinesis View Post
Id say wait till end of Q1 2012 then grab a HD7970 or in mid Q2 2012 grab yourself a GTX680.
Nah...it's not that serious to have either of those newer cards. The current cards that are out now will suffice.
post #17 of 26
Well if your going 560Ti 2GB or 6950 2GB compare on par or for more GPU perfomance the 570 2.5GB or 6970 2GB would be another option on par as on a single monitor the extra .5GB is negligible.
     
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post #18 of 26
HD 6950 cfx is one of the best multi gpu scaling I have ever seen.
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post #19 of 26
Definitely get the second 6850 it just makes the most sense from a bang for your buck perspective.

Also 1920x1080 is not that high of a resolution where 1GB of vram is going to limit you. That is something you are just not going to see anytime soon at that resolution.
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Get a faster card. That way when ya need to, you could Xfire/SLI that card instead, and run circles around the 6870 xfire.

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I am sorry but this is such backwards thinking. He already has the 6850. You would suppose he bought that thinking he could crossfire it, its time to crossfire it. We are talking cards in the same family, of course buying two 6950s is going to be faster than two 6850s. But is it worth $470? Definitely, definitely not.

At the same time a single 6850 is cheaper than a single 6950 so he would spend less and get more performance by going crossfire than any of the single cards he listed.
Edited by Mygaffer - 10/16/11 at 12:56am
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post #20 of 26
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I've read Tomshardware's scaling article regarding noticeable micro-stutter with dual 6870s at 1920x1080. Although AMD/ATI scaling & raw performance is better than Nvidia, dual SLI is smoother with far less micro-stuttering than AMD. Nvidia appears to be the better option for overall consistent dual card performance @ 1920x1080 unless somebody can prove otherwise.
Edited by drBlahMan - 10/16/11 at 8:06am
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