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post #1 of 19
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Hey all,

Well, I'm in a bit of a pickle, this month i'm replacing my case with the corsair 800D and getting my first GPU of a xfire or SLi setup.

Now, this is my problem. I don't know if I should go with GTX470's or 6870's or something. My budget for the entire GPU setup is around £500 (split over 2 months).

Now, according to This it's a tie. Now the bonus of going Nvidia is I get Physx without having an additional card. The great thing about going ATI is the lower power consuption.

Rules for replying to this thread. I don't want any fanboi crap. I'm not interested in replies that involve "you should get ATI because they are better" or "Nvidia rocks". Both companies make very powerful, very reliable cards coupled with a matching scaling ratio. I need cold hard facts of why I should get that particular card.

So I think it'll be one of these setups

2x GTX470

2x HD 6870

OR and I need to see if this is worth the extra money

2x HD6970

Now, the 6970 I need to see that it's going to be worth the extra £150 - £200, I want to try to keep this within my budget of £500

BTW, some UK sites incase you're in the US for you to look at are

www.scan.co.uk
www.overclockers.co.uk
www.ebuyer.co.uk

Thanks Guys

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post #2 of 19
You never really stated what you would be doing with said cards.

For instance, if you plan on folding, this would be a no-brainer, go with the nvidia cards.

If your not inclined to fold at all, then go with the ATI cards because they often offer a better cost/performance ratio. 2x6970's in crossfirex perform similarly to two GTX580's in sli.
They arent identical, and the 580's do perform a bit better in some titles at very high detail settings, however, for $300+ cheaper cost, the 6970's offer a better cost/performance ratio.

Another thing to keep in mind is that the HD6950's are potentially capable of being unlocked to an HD6970.

Its better to know what you would like to do with your multi gpu setup. What resolution are you using? What games do you plan on playing?
post #3 of 19
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High end gaming, no folding really.

Metro 2033
Crysis
Batman AA
WoW

Just to name a few, resolution will be 1920x1080, I'm pretty much looking to max out any game I get. Also, whilst I love my 5770 it's just not doing my i7 any justice. It seriously struggles with Metro 2033 and Batman.

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post #4 of 19
Well judging on the benchmarks I've seen aka the ones that can easily be found on this site, I've seen the 470's scale pretty well when stacked on each other,but I've seen the same for the 6870's as well. The 6870 would cut down a lot on power consumption and heat also these cards handle extreme tessellation very well. The 470 on the other hand would allow for physX, they will run a bit warmer,but stack very well in sli. There is also the best bang for the buck concept and in my honest opinion the 470's would be a pretty good setup for great gaming performance just be weary of the heat they radiate.
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post #5 of 19
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I'll drop these under water very soon. The main reason for me getting the new case is I can't fit a W/C setup in my current case without the rad being outside the case.

So in short, I doubt heat will be a major issue. Power consumption is a small worry since I've only got a 650w PSU, Might have to upgrade to an 850w
post #6 of 19
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I'll drop these under water very soon. The main reason for me getting the new case is I can't fit a W/C setup in my current case without the rad being outside the case.

So in short, I doubt heat will be a major issue. Power consumption is a small worry since I've only got a 650w PSU, Might have to upgrade to an 850w
In that case since the cards will be underwater then I highly recommend the 470's for the extra performance gained by oc them and seeing as how the power consumption isn't an issue then you would gain two very powerful cards delivering great performance, but this of course is your choice I just like to give my
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post #7 of 19
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How much will they pull, I thought it was about 500w, that's without OC'ing them, and then you have my OC'ed CPU. I think I might be cutting it close.
post #8 of 19
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How much will they pull, I thought it was about 500w, that's without OC'ing them, and then you have my OC'ed CPU. I think I might be cutting it close.
Around 500-600 depending on the situation at full load,but I think you should be fine with a total of 850w This may help you in your decision.
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post #9 of 19
2x6950 and flash them to 6970.
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post #10 of 19
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I'm not a great fan of flashing cards. What if it goes wrong and I brick the card. That won't be covered by warranty will it?

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