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So I'm re-freshing my Gaming Rig soon, and I need to choose a new GPU Card.

I'm going with a Triple-Monitor setup and I'd rather not spend 1000$ on dual GTX 580s for a tiny performance boost over a 6970 CrossFire Setup, and and the GTX 590 seems to be almost entirely sold out, which leaves me with:

AMD Radeon 6990
CrossFire AMD Radeon 6970s
A friend of mine is recommending SLi GTX 560 Ti, but slightly less performance.
GTX 570 SLi?

I've read some comparison reviews (here and here), apparently the 6970s CF are less noisy and seem to pull ahead of the 6990 sometimes, especially with AA, and the Review says that the 6990 will in the end offer better performance than a 570 SLi setup.

Having never used one, I'm not sure if the Dual-GPU Cards can run into the same problems as CrossFire Setups (lack of support in the game etc), so I'm stuck at a point where I need some advice, maybe someone has some experience with any of these setups?

Also, recommendations for Manufacturer? Sapphire, Diamond, Asus?

Cheers
Edited by Implied - 4/3/11 at 8:31am
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I say go with dual 570's. MSI's line of Twin Frozr II coolers are great coolers, keeps my 560 Ti under 62C under load. They aren't loud either.
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Dual 6950 2Gs. The 6990 is very loud and the 6970s are not worth it compared to the 6950s. The GTX 570s will choke at that res let alone the 560s.
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Hm.
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Dual 6950 2Gs. The 6990 is very loud and the 6970s are not worth it compared to the 6950s. The GTX 570s will choke at that res let alone the 560s.
I assume one would overclock the 6950s to bring them up to 6970 Speeds then? Reference Design + Cooler or?

Haven't looked into the 6950, is it really that much quieter? :O
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http://www.hardwareheaven.com/review...ty-vs-sli.html

6950/6970 for sure dude. 570 and 580 is a waste of money. The 6950 is very quiet at 40% fan speed and below, above that it will be noisy.
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Hm.
I assume one would overclock the 6950s to bring them up to 6970 Speeds then? Reference Design + Cooler or?

Haven't looked into the 6950, is it really that much quieter? :O
I think the 6950 and 6970 are on par in terms of noise. The GTX 570 would be more quiet but slower at the res you plan to game on. The 6990 is the loud one, the 6970s are just more expensive.
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I see. And since we can Bios Flash the 6950s to 6970 Speeds while paying a lot less, they end up being the best pick of the bunch. Makes sense.

Bios Flash or just Manually Overclock them then? There's that Sapphire TriXX Program I think.
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IMO the only real choices are
1. 580,s SLI
2. 6970,s CFX
3. 570,s SLI
4. 6950,s CFX

Although a single 6990/ 590 will give you SLI/CFX performance with a single card!
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I see. And since we can Bios Flash the 6950s to 6970 Speeds while paying a lot less, they end up being the best pick of the bunch. Makes sense.

Bios Flash or just Manually Overclock them then? There's that Sapphire TriXX Program I think.
I believe you can only do this with the 2gb reference versions!
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Get a 6950 and just overclock it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-562-_-Product

I'm sure you'll be happy at stock settings though. Get a quiet model like the one above.
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