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post #1 of 13
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Hi there,
I posted a XFX vs Sapphire vs Asus thread several weeks ago, and have chosen to go with Sapphire. They have tons of different types like Toxic, Vapour-X, Flex etc.etc. I can't decide which version! I have also came across the dilemma of:
6850/6870 CF
6950/6970 Single
wait for 7xxx.......
Also how does CF work with 1 monitor? I have a 23 inch Samsung 1080p PX2370, do I just plug the cards together with CF bridge and let one card handle the video output?
My build:
CPU: intel's x58 replacement or bulldozer if its good or SB if I have no choice
cooling: considering buying a XSPC rasa kit, but will MOST LIKELY go with air.
This setup will be for gaming, 3d rendering, 3d modeling and video editing.
Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 13
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Games will have to run at 1080p/1200p/1440p (apple imac 27 screen size ) max settings.
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post #3 of 13
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also is the arctic cooling accelero for ati cards good?
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U2711 Majestouch Ninja Tenkeyless Brown X-760 Mini P180 
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If you are going at 3d rendering, video editing and CAD works - i would tell you to go with nVidia because of the CUDA cores which help a lot in these processes - Adobe benefits from them so get a GTX 570 or 580, or 2x GTX 570 and SLI them. If you have Asus Ares why do you need to change it ?!?!? or you are building a new rig?
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post #5 of 13
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building new rig, this time i want to try ati out, i already have 570. should i wait for 6990/595? video editing on ae/vegas, music creation on reason.
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post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 
someone please answer.......
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U2711 Majestouch Ninja Tenkeyless Brown X-760 Mini P180 
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U2711 Majestouch Ninja Tenkeyless Brown X-760 Mini P180 
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post #7 of 13
I have a sapphire 6950 , been flashed with 6970 bios and its awsome !! runs beautiful . Go sapphire 6950's and flash them both to 6970's if u know how .. save some $$ and will be a better alternative to xfire 68XX .

This is my first sapphire card , i reccomend them .. plus they have the highest unlock rate for some reason .
    
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post #8 of 13
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sorry double post
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MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
U2711 Majestouch Ninja Tenkeyless Brown X-760 Mini P180 
MouseMouse PadAudio
G400 QcK Heavy Westone 
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2500K Maximus IV GENE-Z 2x Galaxy 570 SLI Adata 1600 8GB (4x2) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Force GT 120 & Seagate 1TB 7200 Lite-On Blu-ray combo 620 + 2x Akasa Viper Windows 7 HP 64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
U2711 Majestouch Ninja Tenkeyless Brown X-760 Mini P180 
MouseMouse PadAudio
G400 QcK Heavy Westone 
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2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Nvidia GeForce 9400M 2 GB 1067 MHz DDR3 160 GB 5400rpm 
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post #9 of 13
First off, please don't bump your own thread until 24 hours of inactivity. Second, use the Edit button instead of double-posting.

Third and most importantly, stick with your 570!
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post #10 of 13
Go for the single cards, always better to get the most powerful single card you can and if you need more power, sell it and add $80.00 for 7xxx series when it comes out this summer.
    
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