Two Better than One?

I have 600-700 dollars to spend on VGA / VGA's

Do I got with 1 5970 or...
two performance cards crossfired? 5850 or 5830 x 2 ?

My fuzzy logic...

5970 - $719 bucks...
The SAME SINGLE 725 core clock
3200 stream processes (actually 1600 x 2)

5850 - $619.98 ($309.99x 2)
TWO 725mhz Core Clocks working in tandem
2880 stream processes (1440 x 2)

5830 - $479.98 ($239.99x 2)
800mhz core clock
2240 stream processes (1120x 2)
(this sure seems like the obvious choice bang for your buck)
4 answers Last reply
More about tomshardware
  1. Timop validate your performance issue with 5830's, link slap me and I will close this out.
    From what I have seen dual 5830's do quite well.
    Thanks
    -Mike
  2. This should help

    http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/30999-nvidia-geforce-gtx-470-sli-review-4.html

    Game
    Card (Avg/Min)

    1920 x 1200 res, highest settings tested

    BFBC2 (DX11)
    470 SLI (76/57)
    5970 (77/54)
    5850 Xfire (85/61)

    Dirt2 (DX11)
    470 SLI (128/116)
    5970 (93/83)
    5850 Xfire (11/97)

    Dragon Age Origins (DX9)
    470 SLI (102/65)
    5970 (102/55)
    5850 XFire (95/49)

    Far Cry 2 (DX9)
    470 SLI (131/86)
    5970 (119/76)
    5850 XFire (121/79)

    Far Cry 2 (DX10)
    470 SLI (139/86)
    5970 (111/76)
    5850 XFire (123/84)

    Metro 2033 (DX11)
    470 SLI (44/35)
    5970 (37/26)
    5850 XFire (40/28)

    Heaven (DX11)
    470 SLI (55/33)
    5970 (40/18)
    5850 Xfire (42/20)


    Totals:

    470 SLI (675/478) wins by 9% / 19% over twin 5850's ..... 17% / 23 % over 5970
    5850 XFire (617/418) wins by 7 % / 8% over 5970
    5970 (579/388)

    Using your $$

    470 x 2 = $700 / (478 min frame rate / 7 benches) = $10.25 per averaged min. fps
    5850 x 2 = $620 / (418 min frame rate / 7 benches) = $10.38 per averaged min. fps
    5970 = $719 / (388 min frame rate / 7 benches) = $12.97 per averaged min. fps

    Given the above, and excluding the 5830, sems a relative tossup between the twin 5850's and 470's. Of course your play repetoire may not be representative of the benchies used in the article .... no 5830 tested in said article so can't help you there.
  3. Best answer selected by big_mike.
  4. Great info guys, thanks.
Ask a new question

Read More

Radeon Core VGA Performance Graphics