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3 way sli GTX 275 or GTX 480/470

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April 6, 2010 5:39:44 AM

Just finished building my PC.
Intel i7 930
EVGA x58 SLI LE
Patriot Viper Series DDR3 6GB (3 x 2GB) PC3-12800
Bfg GTX 275.

Should I go with 3x sli gtx 275 with gt9800 as a dedicated phyx card or gtx480/470 sli. I only play games in 1920x1200 regulation max.
a b U Graphics card
April 6, 2010 5:47:58 AM

either setup is going to give you ridiculus performance, obviously the 470/480 also gives the added bonus of dx11 but it's probably going to run hotter then the 275's which will already run way hot as you probably already know
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April 6, 2010 6:15:15 AM

Neither!

Stay with GTX275 as it is more than enough in most games.

Grab a HD5850/HD5870 instead if you want DX11 and can afford GTX470/480.
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a b U Graphics card
April 6, 2010 6:54:05 PM

I agree, 5870 and call it a day.
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April 6, 2010 6:58:01 PM

You can still run crossfire on a x58 board so I would either get a 5870, 5850, or even (2) 5770s..
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April 6, 2010 7:43:52 PM

If you want a GT480 I would sit on it for a while. They only perform slightly better than a 5870 in most games and run $100-$150 more. I would assume they will continue to work on the GTX480 design and get a version out that actually has all 512 cores enabled and also maybe a lower power consumption model. They will probably call it the GTX485 or something like that. That is what I would l do.

If you are itching for performance get a 2nd GTX275 somewhere cheap, or dump the one you have and get a 5870. Don't even bother with a 3rd card for dedicated PhysX. Only a few games even use this and 2 cards in SLI will be MORE than enough. Otherwise the 3rd card will sit there and produce more heat and suck more power.

Suggestions:

1) sit and wait for new GTX4xx model
2) get a second GTX275 (do not use a 3rd for physx)
3) dump GTX275 and get a 5870. This will give you DX11
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April 6, 2010 7:50:02 PM

I only play games in 1920x1200 regulation max.

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If you only play at that "regulation" anything more than one 5870 will make your monitor a huge bottleneck.

You did not mention your PSU. I'm interested to know since you are considering putting 4 power hungry GPUs that under full load suck out a jillion gigawatts.
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April 6, 2010 8:09:38 PM

5970 beats the crap out of a GTX480, and it's VERY overclockable.
5870 is $100 cheaper than the GTX480, and is only ~15% weaker.

And I believe the 5990 is coming out soon as well...
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April 6, 2010 8:23:02 PM

supra0000 said:
Just finished building my PC.
Intel i7 930
EVGA x58 SLI LE
Patriot Viper Series DDR3 6GB (3 x 2GB) PC3-12800
Bfg GTX 275.

Should I go with 3x sli gtx 275 with gt9800 as a dedicated phyx card or gtx480/470 sli. I only play games in 1920x1200 regulation max.


If you only play at 1920x1200, why are you even considering an three-way SLI solution, when there are several GPUs on the market today that can handle almost anything thrown at them at that resolution? Are you just itching to spend more money than you need to?
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a c 147 U Graphics card
April 6, 2010 8:26:20 PM

Overclock the GTX 275 and be happy with it for now. That is what I would do. :-) it's free. It's still a good card. If you can sell it for a good price, I'd go for a 5870. The GTX480 is/will be at a premium price for a while.
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April 6, 2010 8:45:49 PM

1. Sell GTX 275
2. Purchase ATI 5870
3. ???????
4. Profit
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April 7, 2010 12:19:56 AM

hundredislandsboy said:
I only play games in 1920x1200 regulation max.

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If you only play at that "regulation" anything more than one 5870 will make your monitor a huge bottleneck.

You did not mention your PSU. I'm interested to know since you are considering putting 4 power hungry GPUs that under full load suck out a jillion gigawatts.



I have a Corsair HX1000W
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April 7, 2010 12:25:04 AM

brett1042002 said:
1. Sell GTX 275
2. Purchase ATI 5870
3. ???????
4. Profit

smartest man on this thread
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a b U Graphics card
April 7, 2010 12:25:16 AM

I would consider GTX 275 SLI, and if you do. Microcenter has a BFG for 219.00 + 5.00 shipping or 11.00 next day. Thats a good deal. There is no ATI equivalent for that price, especially because you already have one.
https://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtm...
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April 7, 2010 1:19:06 AM

Ok let me make it a little bit more clear. I want to be able to play all game at 1920 X 1080 regulation and max setting (with AA).
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April 7, 2010 1:42:18 AM

supra0000 said:
Ok let me make it a little bit more clear. I want to be able to play all game at 1920 X 1080 regulation and max setting (with AA).

5870. Nuff said.
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a b U Graphics card
April 7, 2010 5:42:48 AM

qwerty45 said:
5870. Nuff said.


In most case he's going to be correct, most high end cards from last generate could do that same for current games with a few exceptions of course, crysis (hate even mentioning it) the new metro 2033 in dx 11 which is suppose to be super demanding, and the new stalker i believe also in dx11

More than likely one 5870 will serve you needs, same goes with the 480gtx or an additional 275gtx in sli will bring performance past these options in dx 10
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April 10, 2010 10:40:16 AM

Best answer selected by supra0000.
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