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Would 600$ tri sli be better than saay... 6950 CF or something in a similar price range? Because newegg has 470s for 200$ right now. I need fast replies.
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Tri-SLI scaling is not that efficient yet. Dual SLI GTX 570 can be had for around that price after rebates and will provide comparable performance, while also running a lot cooler and using less power.

You can compare the cards results here.

http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforc...y-sli-review/1

http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforc...0-sli-review/1
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One nice thing about tri-SLI 470's vs. Crossfire 6950's would be you end up with a lot less microstutter with 3 nV cards vs. 2 AMD cards. It would also be significantly faster overall, at least at 1920 resolution. Tri-SLI 470's would run very hot though, and as such they'd be likely to be quite loud.

I very much dig my SLI470 setup, there's almost nothing I can't max out w/at least 4xAA and maintain 60+fps at nearly all times. It's quite a bit more powerful than a single 5870, which I've also owned in the past.

I've thought about a 3rd card on number of occasions, but at my current res, with the current games out there, I just can't really justify any 'need' for it. So if I were you, I'd just get 2 and OC the crap out of them (they are the best OC'ing cards ever made, basically) and you'll have a setup that you'll love ... although they're a little loud with reference coolers if you crank up clocks and volts
    
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I had a tri zotac setup and now an evga setup (long story ), and I have also owned triple 6950/70s. I have to say that my zotacs were very good overclockers. I got them to a max of 860 core and they still bested my 6950s with a SB (zotacs were on an i7 950). Heat is the your enemy and if you are serious about tri 470s you be better off water cooling them. I'm back to tri 470s but this time they are evga and they don't like to be oc that much even on water. It is a great setup non-the less and you can probably fine them preowned in the f/s section for ~$150. Though they do better on a water setup. Good luck
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Tri-SLI scaling is not that efficient yet. Dual SLI GTX 570 can be had for around that price after rebates and will provide comparable performance, while also running a lot cooler and using less power.

You can compare the cards results here.

http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforc...y-sli-review/1

http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforc...0-sli-review/1
Those articles are from 2010. I ran Tri-SLI very recently and saw very good scaling in most games. Current drivers are MUCH better than they used to be, and so is game support.

I would agree though that 570 SLI is a better bet for that price range, it will run cooler and do everything you want without worrying about the heat and power consumption of three cards.
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Hn, yes it would seem 570s are my best bet. I love EVGA's warranty and step up programs but I have to agree that most of the cards I owned from them were not particularly good clockers... And yes, I am planning to overclock the cards as far as the air coolers will allow. No, I don't want to buy any aftermarket cooling and no, water cooling is my last resort. So what brand would you guys suggest then?

I tend to stay away from Zotac cards, because all of their products on Newegg seem to be just slightly overpriced compared to competition.
EVGA cards like I said, I don't think they're binned very well and I've heard their 570s VRMs are badbadbad?
Gigabyte and MSI seem to be... similar? I really like MSI's coolers but it seems like gigabyte cards all clock so well... Maybe it's because their SuperOC series cooler is like... on every single one of their cards. You know, that signature triple fan cooler with a heatsink.

So, bottom line. I decided on 570s, Id love to hear some suggestions on which particular vendor and specific card to go for. Yes, I am budget conscious so the cheaper the better.


EDIT: Oh and thanks for the responses guys, I love getting replies
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they are the best OC'ing cards ever made, basically
That's a nice quote. It is very debatable, but I think I agree...
Another thing thing about the 470 I think makes it interesting is that you pretty much HAVE to overclock them to make it worth the cost. At stock it is about as good as a 5850 or a 6870 but should have no problem making the 6950 look bad (from a performance standpoint) after it has been overclocked.

I'd get two 470s if I were you, considering their price... I can't really say them same for the GTX 570, which I feel is just too steep in price.
 
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Gigabyte and MSI seem to be... similar? I really like MSI's coolers but it seems like gigabyte cards all clock so well... Maybe it's because their SuperOC series cooler is like... on every single one of their cards. You know, that signature triple fan cooler with a heatsink.

So, bottom line. I decided on 570s, Id love to hear some suggestions on which particular vendor and specific card to go for. Yes, I am budget conscious so the cheaper the better.


EDIT: Oh and thanks for the responses guys, I love getting replies
If you're going to push it on air, I would highly suggest an MSI Twin Frozr card, or Asus DCUII. Quiet and cool, plus they usually have upgraded VRM's compared to a reference card.
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