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For this Christmas I am thinking about upgrading my graphics setup. I currently have a sapphire HD 5770 1GB. So I have narrowed it down to a gtx480 or HD 6970. I would like some input as to which card is better, because depending on the which benchmarks you look at sometimes the 480 does better sometimes the 6970 does better. Also which has better scalability? As my mobo supports quad CF or SLI and I have 3 PCI-E slots. And finally who makes the best of either card, EVGA seems like they make good cards.
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6970.

More VRAM, CF scales way better, uses less power, runs cooler. Performance is about even overall. Definitely the 6970. The only exception is if you can get a killer deal on the GTX 480, since it is an EOL'd card, you can find it for quite a bit cheaper in some places. If you do get a GTX 480, forget about SLI with that power supply as it would barely handle one of them.
Edited by Am* - 10/20/11 at 11:15am
    
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They are both excellent at scaling, and typically trade blow for blow on benchmarks (the 570 is ~ the same as a 480 with slightly less vram)

480 Advantages:
Most likely cheaper
Better driver support
Excellent scaling
phsyx
cuda

480 Disadvantages:
Older generation
Run extremely hot, so ventilation and cooling is essential
Potentially less driver support in a year as it is a generation older

6970 Advantages
Runs cool
Good performance for price
Good scaling

6970 Disadvantages:
often buggy drivers
lack of support in certain games
lack of cuda
lack of phsyx
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post #4 of 21
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Originally Posted by Am* View Post
6970.

More VRAM, CF scales way better, uses less power, runs cooler. Performance is about even overall. Definitely the 6970.
+1. I disrespect GTX4xx series due to heavy incompatibility with certain software.
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post #5 of 21
Definitely the 6970. Same performance and you get alot more all the while using less power.
    
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post #6 of 21
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Originally Posted by appleg33k85 View Post
They are both excellent at scaling, and typically trade blow for blow on benchmarks (the 570 is ~ the same as a 480 with slightly less vram)

480 Advantages:
Most likely cheaper
Better driver support
Excellent scaling
phsyx
cuda

480 Disadvantages:
Older generation
Run extremely hot, so ventilation and cooling is essential
Potentially less driver support in a year as it is a generation older

6970 Advantages
Runs cool
Good performance for price
Good scaling

6970 Disadvantages:
often buggy drivers
lack of support in certain games
lack of cuda
lack of phsyx
CUDA and PhysX are the same thing. CUDA cores handle advanced features, like PhysX and 3D.
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post #7 of 21
if you ever plan on either SLI or CF just check this

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/298?vs=310
post #8 of 21
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what about 2 6850s Crossfired together?
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post #9 of 21
6970. Runs cooler, has more vram, and uses less volts. Plus it is newer
post #10 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by DSP1 View Post
what about 2 6850s Crossfired together?
Just check the website I linked and use it to compare cards
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