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Dual radeon 5670 1G xFire vs nvidia gts 260 1.8G

I'm buying a gaming desktop for World of Warcraft addict son, and I need advice. I've (almost) made the decision to get the Alienware Aurora with 6G RAM and an i7 930 processor. (Advice here is welcome also.)

I know (almost) nothing about video cards and REALLY need advice on this subject. Here are my choices:
1.8GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 260
1GB GDDR5 ATI Radeon™ HD 5870
Dual 1.8GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 260 - SLI® Enabled
Dual 1GB GDDR5 ATI Radeon™ HD 5670 CrossfireX™ Enabled

What to do?
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    I'd go with the 5870 as it has DirectX11 and outperforms everything there besides maybe the 2x GTX 260's. But you also have to take into account that the 260's are old tech and dont have dx11/eyefinity/etc.. Plus SLI increases heat, noise, and power consumption

    PS It would probably be in everyone's best interests to try to reduce the title WoW addict to occasional player. It's nice outdoors too, you've got some graphics that even spectacular DirectX 11 can't even produce. Shocking, i know.
  2. HD5870 mate. HD5670 CrossFireX (4x HD5670) would be a complete joke.
  3. shadow187 said:
    HD5870 mate. HD5670 CrossFireX (4x HD5670) would be a complete joke.

    its not quadfire, only 2 5670'd
  4. Thanks uncfan_2563. I'll take your word on the performance of the card. However, my son plays WOW 36 hours/week. That's almost as many hours as I put in at work. Seems more than occasional play, but I won't push the point. :)

    <I used to play 30 hours/week, so I have little room to be critical>

    Bottm line, is the configuration I've describe adequate in your judgment for "great" WOW play?
  5. uncfan_2563 said:
    its not quadfire, only 2 5670'd


    Crossfire is 2x, CrossfireX is 3x/4x.
  6. shadow187 said:
    Crossfire is 2x, CrossfireX is 3x/4x.

    Not necessarily. CrossFireX refers to the second generation of Crossfire Technology.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATI_CrossFire
  7. I would go with the single 5870 as well. Very powerful and least complications or potential complications.
    AMD refers to crossfire as crossfireX at their official web site.
    http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/ati-radeon-hd-5000/hd-5830/Pages/hd-5830-system-requirements.aspx
    Quote:
    For an ATI CrossFireX™ system, a second ATI Radeon™ HD 5800 Series graphics card
  8. notty22 said:
    I would go with the single 5870 as well. Very powerful and least complications or potential complications.
    AMD refers to crossfire as crossfireX at their official web site.
    http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/ati-radeon-hd-5000/hd-5830/Pages/hd-5830-system-requirements.aspx
    Quote:
    For an ATI CrossFireX™ system, a second ATI Radeon™ HD 5800 Series graphics card

    yeah we're just lazy and say Crossfire...
  9. Best answer selected by irlandski.
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