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spend extra 100 quid(over 2 months, of course) and get gtx 570's because scaling/physx/and better power consumption, lower noise and same, if not better, performance than a gtx 480, and they overclock well
Edited by CH4PZ - 1/12/11 at 3:15am
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But the 570's don't perform as well at the 6970 which would cost the same amount.
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spend extra 100 quid(over 2 months, of course) and get gtx 570's because scaling/physx/and better power consumption, lower noise and same, if not better, performance than a gtx 480, and they overclock well
^this. if you got a 570, you will be investing the money on newer and more frequently updated drivers as well as a memory boost and a slightly more efficient architecture.
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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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If you brick the card, I'm pretty sure you can reflash the card with the original BIOS. All you need is an extra GPU to boot into Windows with. Rather simple, really.

I'd go for 2 x 6950's personally.
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^this. if you got a 570, you will be investing the money on newer and more frequently updated drivers as well as a memory boost and a slightly more efficient architecture.
And where is your justification for this?

The GTX570 is basically a GTX480, and since the 6970 in xfire will give a GTX580 SLI setup a run for it's money how can you say that it's better?

Also, the 570 and the 6970 cost the same, if anything the 6970 is cheaper.

Benchmarks?

I think i'll go with the 6900's, i'll debate the 50/70 on the day if I want to flash the card or not.

Thanks for the help
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And where is your justification for this?

The GTX570 is basically a GTX480, and since the 6970 in xfire will give a GTX580 SLI setup a run for it's money how can you say that it's better?

Also, the 570 and the 6970 cost the same, if anything the 6970 is cheaper.

Benchmarks?

I think i'll go with the 6900's, i'll debate the 50/70 on the day if I want to flash the card or not.

Thanks for the help
dosnt the 570 run less power than the 6970?
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dosnt the 570 run less power than the 6970?
No.

Measured at socket from bit-tech.

6970 = 306W.
570 = 330W.

Remember this is from the socket for the whole system, not the individual graphics card's power usage.

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2010/12/15/ati-radeon-hd-6970-review/10

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2010/12/07/nvidia-geforce-gtx-570-1-3gb-review/9
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post #18 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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You CAN'T brick. Even though I know they wouldn't have planned something like this it really is almost like they did plan to allow flashing, I don't remember any other card to have a recovery bios with a handy switch.

If you screw up you just flick the switch, boom, back up bios.
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dosnt the 570 run less power than the 6970?
Aside from what the guy above says, idle is better.
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post #19 of 19
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Hey ya,

Thanks for both your PM and your post. I've been looking into the 6850/70 and the GTX570. Whilst the ATI cards are very good, the GTX570 is better with AA. I think what i'll do is have a look closer the time and make my decision on what card I can get depending on the offer's that maybe on at the time.

+rep btw

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