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HD 5970 vs GTX 480 Better Buy?

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April 17, 2010 9:48:54 PM

Theoretically Which would be the best gaming buy. unlimited budget.

Feel free to offer other suggestions (Other than Intel Larabee Please)

Thank you in advance :D 

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a b U Graphics card
April 17, 2010 9:55:27 PM

Considering the 480 is faster per GPU, tri-sli GTX 480s is probably the strongest setup available. Why? The gain from sli/crossfire drops dramatically after 2 cards, and even more after 3.

Which single card has the highest performance? 5970

Which card is best for the price? 5970.
a b U Graphics card
April 17, 2010 10:47:37 PM

5970 is around 30% better than a GTX480.

They use the same amount of electricity and both require 1 8pin and 1 6pin connector.

The 5970 is about $100 more expensive, but it's definitely a better way.
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a b U Graphics card
April 17, 2010 10:54:43 PM

The 5970 is the best card over all, but that would depend on your MB. If you have a SLI board, get the 480. If it is crossfire, get the 5970. You wouldn't regret it.

April 18, 2010 12:57:26 AM

Ignore this see next
April 18, 2010 1:03:12 AM

5970 is stronger anywhere from 10 to 30% depending on the game. I would go 5970 if ur sticking to 1 card if ur looking to add more I would go with a 5870 or 480 gtx for top single gpu
April 18, 2010 3:35:15 AM

Have you got your 480 yet?
April 18, 2010 3:45:09 AM

NOt yet, it left San Jose San fransisco arpimd 10 a.m on Friday by AIR, I would assume it will be at my friend's store on tuesday the latest:)  It is 5 Days max for Express Mail international, thats what he said he asked for:p  so meh!
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April 18, 2010 7:19:12 AM

Another vote for HD 5970,performs about %30 faster,also it runs cooler too
April 18, 2010 8:46:25 AM

The best would be HD5970 the main advantage runs cooler and in one pci-e slot

can over power all games at all standard Res
April 18, 2010 11:03:47 AM

Haven't Bought Anything yet. its just a GPU upgrade (My step father said he would pay for a new one since he killed my beloved 5770 Vapout X!) Is a CrossfireX Board Different to a crossfire board? I'm kind of leaning towards the 5970... Are its temps better than the GTX480 Fermi under hectic load?
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a b 4 Gaming
April 18, 2010 11:11:06 AM

CrossFire is when you use 2 cards in multi GPU but CrossFireX is when you use more than 2 cards(or even 2 cards like 5970 which both are considered as a MultiGPU card).
And yes its temps are better than 480 under load
April 18, 2010 12:06:54 PM

Oh, ok...

That makes sense... just ATi Lingo. So a Crossfire Mobo will essentially have the same Pcie Support as a CrossfireX Mobo?
a b U Graphics card
April 18, 2010 12:34:33 PM

Its simply a logo change but it was so long ago that a crossfire x mobo would have PCI-E 2.1 and a regular crossfire logo probably wouldn't.
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a b 4 Gaming
April 18, 2010 12:49:09 PM

fisshy said:
Oh, ok...

That makes sense... just ATi Lingo. So a Crossfire Mobo will essentially have the same Pcie Support as a CrossfireX Mobo?

It depends,older models have PCI-E 1.0 slots whereas the newer models like P55/X58 motherboards have PCI-E 2.0 slots.
April 18, 2010 1:06:01 PM

Probably a stupid question but could i run SLi on a crossfire MOBO?
a b U Graphics card
April 18, 2010 1:24:24 PM

There is very little difference between SLI and Crossfire on the motherboard level. So most boards will support however some boards won't.

Which one do you have?
April 18, 2010 1:32:32 PM

Well if i was planning on going I7 with Crossfire i would go for a GA-X58A-UD7

http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Product...

My Current MOBO GA-EP43T-UD3L Rev 1.1 Doesn't support Crossfire For obvious reasons (1xPCie 16x 2.1)
At the Mo i'm running my Old also beloved Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 OC (775ghz=GPU + 1200mhz=MEM)
:lol: 
April 18, 2010 2:06:21 PM

The 5790 will run cooler at idle and use less power than the 480 should be something to consider.
April 18, 2010 2:10:30 PM

These 2 Are the Best you Can buy At the mo? Right?
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April 18, 2010 2:40:55 PM

No you can't run SLI on a CrossFire board.
Also that board that you currently have supports a single 5970 because it has a PCI-E 16x slot.
And yes the current fastest cards are ATI HD 5970 and Nvidia GTX 480
April 18, 2010 2:50:05 PM

Maziar said:

board that you currently have supports a single 5970 because it has a PCI-E 16x slot.


Thank you, i knew that...

Why dont Mobo's that support crossfire also support SLI? Is it in hardware or has it been latched onto the bios? :??: 

a b U Graphics card
April 18, 2010 2:58:53 PM

Nvidia charges a fee for m/b's to feature sli, AMD chipsets don't support sli because of licensing.

April 18, 2010 3:02:29 PM

notty22 said:
Nvidia charges a fee for m/b's to feature sli, AMD chipsets don't support sli because of licensing.




Well, That is Rather Annoying... Oh Nvidia, How lost is thy cause.
a b U Graphics card
April 18, 2010 3:41:39 PM

x58 chipset supports crossfire and SLI

A few years back Nvidia has the biggest market share for graphics cards. So they charge other companies for everything because not supporting the most popular graphics solution isn't a good idea now matter how much Nvidia tries to cut your profit.

But Nvidia's market share is slipping by huge margins since the ATI 4000 series. Now they are in huge trouble since ATI already shipped 6 million dx11 GPUs and Nvidia has shipped like 1000 at most.
April 18, 2010 6:08:00 PM

I think Its good That Nvidia Are Being opposed by ATI Especially for us the consumers.
Competition leads to development and competitive pricing between manufacturers.:D 
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a b 4 Gaming
April 18, 2010 6:18:16 PM

fisshy said:
Thank you, i knew that...

Why dont Mobo's that support crossfire also support SLI? Is it in hardware or has it been latched onto the bios? :??: 

There are boards like Intel P55 and X58 which support both SLI/CF
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