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Best Performance - 2x ATI 5870s or GTX 295

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
November 25, 2009 2:04:14 PM

What would have better performance - a single GTX 295 or dual ATI 5870s?
a b U Graphics card
November 25, 2009 2:17:00 PM

A single 5870 is almost as good as a gtx295, so two are clearly a long way better.

Unless you play Last Remnant exclusively.
November 25, 2009 2:17:53 PM

dual 5870 - period
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November 25, 2009 2:19:07 PM

jennyh :D  you are so affected I see

Relax, I don't believe in Toms benchmarks long time ago :D . They are either idiots or biased. I leave this to them to choose :p 
November 25, 2009 2:20:59 PM

I am looking at just ordering a system from Alienware instead of building it myself... they are charging $550 to go from a single 5870 to dual 5870s which seems like a big markup.

Is there anything tricky I am missing or can I just pick up a second 5870 myself and install it?
a b U Graphics card
November 25, 2009 2:21:15 PM

I know THG is biased, it always has been. I'm just getting increasingly annoyed at it lol. :D 
a b U Graphics card
November 25, 2009 2:22:19 PM

$550 does seem a lot. These parts are in high demand, but yes I'm sure you can just get a second 5870 and install it yourself.
a c 140 U Graphics card
November 25, 2009 2:29:53 PM

Um.. a single 5870 performs on par with a gtx295.
November 25, 2009 2:31:24 PM

I had a hard time finding a direct comparison of the GTX295 and the 5870, so just wanted to confirm.

Now I just have to figure out what to do about slots on the motherboard... the alienware comps only support 2 slots, so if I dual the graphics cards I have to use the onboard sound, which is annoying.
a c 140 U Graphics card
November 25, 2009 3:20:08 PM

Alienware has a HUGE markup. I'd go with another brand to be honest. Even a Dell XPS, even though they own Alienware. Asus makes some sweet machines.
November 25, 2009 3:22:22 PM

can 5870 run crysis on very high setting on 19" lcd
a b U Graphics card
November 25, 2009 3:49:24 PM

on a 19" lcd you will need a strong cpu