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I'd wait for the new gen of cards this winter/next spring. I've had the same upgrade bug but my 5970 keeps on chuggin! The only reason you might need to upgrade is if you are running into memory issues with only 1gb per gpu (unless you have the rare 2gb model?) using your eyefinity.
Yeah I the standard 5970 that comes with 2Gb, but that is really just 1Gb per GPU. Wouldn't it have been great to get a 5870x2 from ASUS as an RMA replacement, which has 4Gb total ram (2Gb per GPU)! They tried to offer me a 6970 because they did not have a 5970 replacement at the time, but I flat out refused.

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I know "the itch" feeling. I hardly use my comp for anything other than college work and photoshop however I'm currently saving up for an SR-3/Xeon combo... Definitely not needed, but that itch has to be scratched!
I was thinking of getting Ivy, but I want to see some side by side benches. I know x6 CPUs are not as useful in day to day use, but I'm hoping Windows 8 will catch up to multi core CPUs, and know how to handle additional cores more intuitively. Sounds like with an SR-3 and Xeon, that is going to be some upgrade!

That thing is a monster!
http://www.legitreviews.com/news/11713/
Edited by ericeod - 10/23/11 at 11:25pm
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Regardless of how old something is, unless you're performance bound by that particular component, it hasn't outlived a serviceability life-cycle.
Absolutely true. If you can play what you want, at acceptable framerates, in eyefinity even, sounds like it's very serviceable. This card was a milestone among gpu's and should be relavent for years.
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Sell the card for $350 locally and check out a GTX570 for fun. I done that last December and actually liked the 570 more than my 5970. Have sinced sold my 570s here and there.

I just bought another Asus DirectCU II 570 a few days ago and find it to be an awesome card. It runs so quiet too. I modded the bios to get 1.2v from the locked 1.1v to see what it can do. It hits around 975core with 1.2v. At these clocks, it bites the heals of a 5970 at atock clocks.
    
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Absolutely true. If you can play what you want, at acceptable framerates, in eyefinity even, sounds like it's very serviceable. This card was a milestone among gpu's and should be relavent for years.
I doubt it will run eyefinity very well on modern games, but that card is still a very good card, and I'd expect it to run most modern games at high graphics settings on a single 1920 x 1080 monitor
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Sell the card for $350 locally and check out a GTX570 for fun. I done that last December and actually liked the 570 more than my 5970. Have sinced sold my 570s here and there.

I just bought another Asus DirectCU II 570 a few days ago and find it to be an awesome card. It runs so quiet too. I modded the bios to get 1.2v from the locked 1.1v to see what it can do. It hits around 975core with 1.2v. At these clocks, it bites the heals of a 5970 at atock clocks.
I dropped out of the NVIDIA scene a while ago. My last NVIDIA card (main system) was a GTX 295. To run a 3 monitor setup, I assume you still need an SLI setup with NVIDIA? I've also been worried about a couple of things with the 570, one being the VRMs. I assume that is now fixed in the non-reference design?
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I was thinking of getting Ivy, but I want to see some side by side benches. I know x6 CPUs are not as useful in day to day use, but I'm hoping Windows 8 will catch up to multi core CPUs, and know how to handle additional cores more intuitively. Sounds like with an SR-3 and Xeon, that is going to be some upgrade!

That thing is a monster!
http://www.legitreviews.com/news/11713/
I can't wait you have a good point though. As soon as more OSs and applications are actually able to use all the 6-8+ core processors, the better. Then there's actually a legit reason to upgrade.
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i don't game anymore.. well on occasion during fits of boredom i play a little bit.

I bench now... i also have a separate rig for school/work.. and i also have a separate 24/7 rig used for browsing.

Still in school, and i'll tell you how it changes when i graduate (2 more years or maybe 1 depending on some stuff)

I would upgrade now.. since i never really like to suggest waiting.. everyone always waits and by the time they do wait they want something that is newer to wait for
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I dropped out of the NVIDIA scene a while ago. My last NVIDIA card (main system) was a GTX 295. To run a 3 monitor setup, I assume you still need an SLI setup with NVIDIA? I've also been worried about a couple of things with the 570, one being the VRMs. I assume that is now fixed in the post-reference design?
Yes, two Nvidia cards atleast for 3 screens.

The reference GTX570 cards are the problem or potentially problem cards. The card I meantioned earlier is fine though as it has a beefier power delivery system compared to reference.
    
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I recently sold my 5970 (900 under h2o) and upgraded to SLi 570s in preparation for BF3. I am very impressed with the 570s. Maybe it was just me, but I had tons of problems with ATI xfire drivers, etc and these cards have been trouble free - a very nice change. Performance obviously is a step up, especially since I play most of my games across 3 monitors.

Many will agree that the 6950s, 560ti, and 570s are the performance sweet spots...best performance/price and if you need to scratch that itch, I'd go with one of those cards.

At any rate, if you don't game much, and specifically, if you don't plan on playing bf3, there isn't much need to upgrade from your 5970 as it is still viable. Then again, most of my upgrades have been driven by the upgrade itch and not so much a "need." lol.

If you look around, you can get some nice deals on used 570s.

BTW, your R2E is still chugging along
Edited by Inglewood78 - 10/23/11 at 11:38pm
 
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I recently sold my 5970 (900 under h2o) and upgraded to SLi 570s in preparation for BF3. I am very impressed with the 570s. Maybe it was just me, but I had tons of problems with ATI xfire drivers, etc and these cards have been trouble free - a very nice change. Performance obviously is a step up, especially since I play most of my games across 3 monitors.

Many will agree that the 6950s, 560ti, and 570s are the performance sweet spots...best performance/price and if you need to scratch that itch, I'd go with one of those cards.

At any rate, if you don't game much, and specifically, if you don't plan on playing bf3, there isn't much need to upgrade from your 5970 as it is still viable. Then again, most of my upgrades have been driven by the upgrade itch and not so much a "need." lol.

If you look around, you can get some nice deals on used 570s.

BTW, your R2E is still chugging along
Ha ha, very nice! I actually have zero performance differnce between that RIIE and my current RIIIE. The RIIE was always a solid board!

Looks like I'll have to look into the GTX 570 and see if I should bite now, or hold off until after the new year for Keplar. I know the waiting game can be pointless, and I always advise against it. So why does it seem like an option to me now? I guess thats why this sort of question comes up so often here.

BTW, nice case.
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