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I'm having a very hard time deciding between two GTX 580's in an SLI setup vs two 7970's crossfire for a new rig I'm building based on X79 and my 2560x1600 screen.
Price is not something I'm concerned about in this case, I'm more concerned about drivers and performance obviously. I will be water-cooling the cards.
I saw that 7970's supposedly scale better in crossfire than most SLI setups do, but on the other hand I've been reading that AMD's drivers can be pretty bad when it comes to supporting crossfire in games.

I will appreciate any input on this topic.
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post #2 of 92
As long as its the 3GB 580's you're looking at, the performance difference will be very little. I'd go for whichever is cheaper once the 7970's hit. Only reason I'm saying the 3GB 580's is because of your large resolution.
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7970's should murder all.
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post #4 of 92
580 3GB SLI.

Stick with what is solid and proven. The 7970 isn't even released yet.
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There's a lot to wait for when looking at 7970 crossfire. I would wait till the 7970 is out and the dust settles price wise. Once we have some concrete benchmarks then an informed decision can be made. Anything until then is just speculation and purely opinion based.
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post #7 of 92
7970 is 20% faster. If money is no object I think it's clear what the best buy come January will be.
    
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post #8 of 92
7970 crossfire.


And AMD's drivers have been better since the release of the the 5xxx series and much better with the 6xxx series. When I had the 4xxx series, I had some problems.
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780 /end thread
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post #10 of 92
Quote:
Originally Posted by mannyfc View Post

780 /end thread

That part is redundant.

A /thread would suffice. And the 780 might be a while.
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