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The title pretty much says it all. I'm looking to upgrade my HD7870 and am running 3x of this monitor in a 5760 x 1080 config. Would I be better off getting a 1080, 1070, or two 480s and crossfiring them? Which would be the best performance wise and cost wise?

I know the 1080 is superior to the 1070, but is the extra cost worth the minor benefit I would see? Since I'll be upgrading from a 5 year old card, any of these will be a huge improvement. I also know that the 480s run equal too or just under the 1080, but at a price tag similar to the 1070. The problems being the usual crossfire issues, but would having the second card boost the efficiency of multiple monitors? I will be liquid cooling them so if I get the 480s I would have to get two waterblocks instead of one which will off-set the cost difference a little bit.

I am running an 8320 OC'ed to 4.5ghz for my CPU if that would make any difference.
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All depends on your budget really. But the 1070 would be the better price/performance card if you get the AIB version and can find it at MSRP ($380). Also that 8320 even at 4.5 Ghz is going to hold you back a bit compared to an i5 or i7 intel. However, it does depend on the game, so you may or may not notice.
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Also worth mentioning, if you're on a tight budget you could always go with the RX 480 (wait for the AIB cards) for $250 or less and basically more than double your performance. And if you find later on its not enough, go for another and get near 1080 performance.
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If your 7870 can run 3 of those monitors, then a single 480 can for sure. It is about twice as fast as the 7870. I am not sure if watercooling cheap catds is really a good idea, though. Maybe wait for the AIBs to arrive.

2 480s are about as fast as my 2 290s . . .

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Imo this is kind of a dumb question (no insult intended so don't get all wringing hands personal about my opinion). If your considering a 1080 then I would assume it's in your budget, so there would be no question that would be the only choice. I'm no fanboy either way but the answer is obvious, especially considering tri mons.
 
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Imo this is kind of a dumb question (no insult intended so don't get all wringing hands personal about my opinion). If your considering a 1080 then I would assume it's in your budget, so there would be no question that would be the only choice. I'm no fanboy either way but the answer is obvious, especially considering tri mons.

op is just asking for opinions. giving an opinion in the form of an advise is not fanboyism. it is just a way to assists the op. now, propping one brand while putting another one down is a different story.
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RX480 crossfire is usually faster than the GTX 1070 as long as the game supports crossfire of course.







But then this is a thing:









I would suggest a single 1080 or even a single 1070. No need to worry about crossfire compatibility and you get much lower power consumption and heat dumped into your room.
Edited by Derp - 7/8/16 at 5:19pm
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Originally Posted by Radnad View Post

Imo this is kind of a dumb question (no insult intended so don't get all wringing hands personal about my opinion). If your considering a 1080 then I would assume it's in your budget, so there would be no question that would be the only choice. I'm no fanboy either way but the answer is obvious, especially considering tri mons.

op is just asking for opinions. giving an opinion in the form of an advise is not fanboyism. it is just a way to assists the op. now, propping one brand while putting another one down is a different story.

Right. And I gave my opinion and didn't prop or put down either brand, so I'm confused as to the purpose of your direct response to my post...

EDIT: Oh wait I see now, you suggested red and I suggested green, gotcha.
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Right. And I gave my opinion and didn't prop or put down either brand, so I'm confused as to the purpose of your direct response to my post...

EDIT: Oh wait I see now, you suggested red and I suggested green, gotcha.

I suggest the stuff i have experienced with.
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Imo this is kind of a dumb question (no insult intended so don't get all wringing hands personal about my opinion). If your considering a 1080 then I would assume it's in your budget, so there would be no question that would be the only choice. I'm no fanboy either way but the answer is obvious, especially considering tri mons.

Just because the 1080 is listed doesn't mean it is the best choice for me. If I am not going to see a major difference between the 1070 and 1080, then I would rather save the money and put it towards a new cpu/mobo. Obviously the 1080 is the best card on the market, but that doesn't make it the best option.
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