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Hi all,
I'm going to switch from my ASUS EAH4870X2 but need advice.

Firstly I'm switching because of two reasons:
- I've had the card for a long time, and I keep being advised to upgrade it.
- I can't find a compatible waterblock for it when I eventually go watercooled.

I'm thinking about the following affordable configurations:
- 2x GTX 560ti's
- 1x GTX 570 (will get a second one a month or so later)
- 1x GTX 580 (not sure when I can afford a second one, if needed, but will likely need a PSU upgrade though)

I doubt the EAH4870X2 will sell for much, if at all, so I'll probably keep it as a spare if that's the case.

Based on the specs in my signature, and most importantly my power supply unit, what would be your suggestions, or a different configuration altogether that I haven't listed? The GPU obviously has to be reasonably better performing than my current one, which I imagine the GTX configurations listed above would be, as the 4870X2 obviously has two GPU's on a single card.

Thanks again . I await your suggestions.
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Originally Posted by Ixel View Post
Hi all,
I'm going to switch from my ASUS EAH4870X2 but need advice.

Firstly I'm switching because of two reasons:
- I've had the card for a long time, and I keep being advised to upgrade it.
- I can't find a compatible waterblock for it when I eventually go watercooled.

I'm thinking about the following affordable configurations:
- 2x GTX 560ti's
- 1x GTX 570 (will get a second one a month or so later)
- 1x GTX 580 (not sure when I can afford a second one, if needed, but will likely need a PSU upgrade though)
I doubt the EAH4870X2 will sell for much, if at all, so I'll probably keep it as a spare if that's the case.

Based on the specs in my signature, and most importantly my power supply unit, what would be your suggestions, or a different configuration altogether that I haven't listed? The GPU obviously has to be reasonably better performing than my current one, which I imagine the GTX configurations listed above would be, as the 4870X2 obviously has two GPU's on a single card.

Thanks again . I await your suggestions.
From 4870x2 the only perfomance boost you will be happy with is 1 GTX580. If you don't have plan to play on 3D Surround or resolution more than 1980x1200, a single GTX580 will do very well as a single GPU most powerful card.

A GTX580 at stock clock will draw approx 244w so two will draw 488w. Need not to upgrade PSU if you go for SLI.

This is a single 4870 vs GTX570 http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/304?vs=306

4870x2 should be more or less with a single 570.
Edited by Ken1649 - 10/23/11 at 3:51am
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I suggest gtx 570 sli, I love mine. I had a 5870 1gb before them, and a 4870 512mb before the 5870.

I noticed pretty good performance increase also. I didn't go below 60 fps in BF3 beta (:
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post #4 of 18
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Originally Posted by Ixel View Post
Hi all,
I'm going to switch from my ASUS EAH4870X2 but need advice.

Firstly I'm switching because of two reasons:
- I've had the card for a long time, and I keep being advised to upgrade it.
- I can't find a compatible waterblock for it when I eventually go watercooled.

I'm thinking about the following affordable configurations:
- 2x GTX 560ti's
- 1x GTX 570 (will get a second one a month or so later)
- 1x GTX 580 (not sure when I can afford a second one, if needed, but will likely need a PSU upgrade though)

I doubt the EAH4870X2 will sell for much, if at all, so I'll probably keep it as a spare if that's the case.

Based on the specs in my signature, and most importantly my power supply unit, what would be your suggestions, or a different configuration altogether that I haven't listed? The GPU obviously has to be reasonably better performing than my current one, which I imagine the GTX configurations listed above would be, as the 4870X2 obviously has two GPU's on a single card.

Thanks again . I await your suggestions.
Some good suggestions above, the SLI 570's would be good and last a while but this below would be the best bang for buck:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150523

They have 6950 1GB for $209. So you could CF them for $418 (after rebates).
Edited by Armand Hammer - 10/23/11 at 3:53am
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Some good suggestions above, the SLI 570's would be good and last a while but this below would be the best bang for buck:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150523

They have 6950 1GB for $209. So you could CF them for $418 (after rebates).
Interesting, however I'm not in the USA, I'm in the UK, so places like eBuyer or Overclockers UK would be my best store choices usually.

So if I didn't go NVIDIA and instead chose to buy 2x 6950 1GB's and set them up in a Crossfire configuration I would be better than my current GPU?
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Definitely.

4870x2 = 570
6950 = 570

Should you buy a 6950, get a 2GB VRAM version.
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have a look at scan, they are sometimes cheaper than ebuyer and OCUK.

GFX card wise, I'd take a look at the 2GB 6950 as noted above, or if you can afford it, a 3GB GTX 580

And on another note, I'd be interested in your card depending on price. PM if you ever decide to sell it
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GTX570 will be about equal in raw performance to your old 4870x2. I'd grab a 580 personally if you can afford it. It'll max out any game you want at 1080p easily enough. And no, you don't need 2-3GB of VRAM, not for a single display.
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I would also go with the 580 and get it from scan, they are the best.
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post #10 of 18
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Well despite the idea of the 570/580, I'm tempted for bang for buck route, which means a 6950, flashed into a 6970.

Assumably this, http://www.ebuyer.com/267907-xfx-hd-...e-hd-695x-cnfc, will do the task and be flashable to the 6970 reference BIOS. If doubtful please explain?

At a later stage I could then buy a second, or even third 6950 and do the same for them (flash them to function as a 6970). Considering I'm on a single projector screen with a maximum resolution of 1920x1080 I think that's more than adequate performance for quite a while , or am I being overly optimistic?
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