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I was thinking about case upgrading someday to a Phantom. I then would be able to get a 5970 next year for my birthday, but I figured out this about my board: Since I have my Gelid ICY Vision my 5870 takes up 3 slots. My PCIE slots are right next to each other and the speeds are here: X16, X1, X16, X4. When I get my 5970, the stock cooler on it is dual slot. I could then have that have in my first X16 and my 5870 in the second. OR, I could get a quiet cooler for my 5970 and just stick my 5870 in the X4. So, which would be better: Speed or noise?
    
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It's really a matter of personal choice. Me, personally, I would like to have both, and I strive to achieve both at the same time. I think so far I have been pretty lucky in that regard. For what it's worth, at full load, I couldn't really stand the sound of my old HD5970, but a few tweaks of the fan profile in MSI Afterburner helped to tame it well while also balancing out cooling performance at the same time.

Granted my hearing and noise tolerance is going to be very different from your's, the point remains that the only person who can answer this question is you, since you are the one that has to live with it and the only one who can draw the appropriate compromise between speed and noise.
     
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I was thinking about case upgrading someday to a Phantom. I then would be able to get a 5970 next year for my birthday, but I figured out this about my board: Since I have my Gelid ICY Vision my 5870 takes up 3 slots. My PCIE slots are right next to each other and the speeds are here: X16, X1, X16, X4. When I get my 5970, the stock cooler on it is dual slot. I could then have that have in my first X16 and my 5870 in the second. OR, I could get a quiet cooler for my 5970 and just stick my 5870 in the X4. So, which would be better: Speed or noise?
Well... You should benchmark the result first.
If the games are still playable, putting HD 5870 in x4 is not a big deal.

I'm just afraid that if that HD 5870 in x4 slot will affect HD 5970 speed as well. Something like the data is not sync correctly between on every GPU because HD 5870 got bottlenecked by x4 slot. But this is just speculation because I didn't try this at home.
    
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5870 in 4x wont be an issue, it wont slow down the 5970 either. I had a setup (heavily OC'ed 5850s) with 16x/4x and when I moved to my crosshair IV (16x/16x) there was no increase.

Go with speed.
 
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Thanks guys, REP to all and I guess when I get a 5970 I will benchmark the results. Also my 5870 is at 900 core clock.
    
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The x4 slot will only bottleneck you if your resolution is over 1920x1200, and even then not by much. If you're running eyefinity however, there will be a larger amount of performance lost.

So if you're not using eyefinity or an extreme resolution, you won't see a real performance increase from a x4 slot to a x8/x16 slot. (In your case especially since they are pci-e 2.0)
    
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