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Poll Results: What Should I do?

 
  • 56% (25)
    Radeon 6970 + iMac 27"
  • 43% (19)
    GTX 570 + 23" Monitor
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post #21 of 43
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post #22 of 43
Definitely 27" + 6970.
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post #23 of 43
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Definitely 27" + 6970.
Yeah. I just wish the 8 people who voted for the 570 would post reasons why, lol.
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post #24 of 43
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9 People now. Could you please post the reasons why you voted for the gtx 570?
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post #25 of 43
GTX 570 so you can fold for OCN.
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post #26 of 43
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Originally Posted by allenottawa View Post
GTX 570 so you can fold for OCN.
Can't AMD cards fold too, though?
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post #27 of 43
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post #28 of 43
6970 is beginning to trade blows with the GTX580, so option 1 yields a higher performing card. Problem is, no card can run that resolution on its own and get away with a very fluent resolution at high settings. I guess at that resolution you won't need AA and AF does not impact the HD6970 as much as the GTX570 would.

I voted for option 1. But I don't really know which to choose either. Both have their advantages. I bet you'll enjoy either.
post #29 of 43
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Originally Posted by Electric View Post
When you vote, please make a post stating why you voted for what you did.


This post is going to be really, really confusing, but it's the best I can explain my issue. If you feel you can help me out here, please read all of this.. Well here I go..


Option 1; iMac 27" + Radeon 6970:

The AMD Radeon 6970 has 2GB of GDDR5 and uses a Mini Displayport. These two features make it optimal for my iMac 27" at 2560x1440. Playing games at this resolution on an IPS LED display would look amazing.

Now, there are some disadvantages to using my iMac in target display mode as a monitor.

I have to turn on my iMac computer FIRST, and then with the apple bluetooth keyboard, (the keyboard it came with) I have to press command+F2 to switch to my windows PC. The iMac will only switch to my PC by pressing command+f2 with only that apple bluetooth keyboard, no other keyboard will work whatsoever. So that keyboard will always have to be near me handy just to switch it to my PC..

Sleep mode and powering off between the iMac and PC connected can cause some problems. Sometimes it won't work, and other times it causes the fans to run at full speed. (not sure why)

Some report that the BIOS might not always appear on the iMac screen on boot up.

The radeon's 6970's stock seems to be very limited right now, still yet to find it in stores, and only on newegg online..

Option 2; GTX 570 + 23" Monitor


Well, If I were to go this route, It would cost a little more, but I would think performance would be better overall, and the drivers and overclocking would be better on the 570.

The PC would be competely separate from the iMac. And stock wise I could pick one up right now. I do like this Idea too.

Disadvantages would include that it's only 1080p, much smaller monitor (23" or so) and I wouldn't have an IPS display... And it would cost a little more money also.


My main question is... What do you think would be the best option overall? What should I do? Thoughts?
Option 1:
-Higher resolution screen
-Higher quality screen
-Cheaper
-Slight inconvenience when starting up computer

Option 2:
-Same performance at the same resolution, better performance at native resolution. (vs Option 1)
-Lower resolution
-Inferior quality screen
-More expensive


...Is this really that hard to decide?
I'd personally go for Option 1. IPS screens are fantastic.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Electric View Post
Can't AMD cards fold too, though?
They suck at it right now. (although the v7 GPU client is supposed to change that.)
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post #30 of 43
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Can't AMD cards fold too, though?
No, they break if you try to fold them.

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