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June 10, 2010 7:40:08 PM

At 1920x1080

SLI GTX 470's = $720

Xfire 5870's = $780

Xfire 5850's = $700

Here's the video card's

470:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

5870:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

5850:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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a c 107 U Graphics card
June 10, 2010 8:10:04 PM

One 5870 or 5850 is generally enough, but if you want to use eyefinity then I say go with two 5870s. If just can't live without physX then go with two 470s. If you're only going to use one monitor and don't care that much about physX then you should just go with two 5850s. Of course, if you're resolution is only like 1680x1050 any of those setups is overkill at the moment ^_^.
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a b U Graphics card
June 10, 2010 8:10:59 PM

Potato / Pota'to on this one, all will be very nice, if the difference in price is that minimal, you're better off with the 5870's or 470's but they are about the same...
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a b U Graphics card
June 10, 2010 8:31:52 PM

Also, take into consideration the power usage, 2 x 470's will draw more power than the 2 x 5870's and 2 x 5850's will draw the least amt of power.
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a c 189 U Graphics card
June 11, 2010 2:22:59 AM

Why don't a single HD5970? :) 
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June 11, 2010 2:53:03 AM

Well, which would be better, single 5970 or 2 gtx 470's?
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a b U Graphics card
June 11, 2010 12:25:13 PM

Nice Chart MM, that just changed a few perspectives i had...
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a b U Graphics card
June 11, 2010 12:33:41 PM

In order of preference
2 x 5870
2 x 470
2 x 5850

The 5970 is bottom of the pile, it is a dual GPU single card so its performance is inferior to actual SLI and XFire set ups. Great for those with a board that has no XFire or SLI capability
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June 11, 2010 1:43:18 PM

2x 470 SLI scaling is better then CF scaling, and with the new drivers the 470s have moved close to the 5870s then then 5850s. As long as your PSU is good enough, and you have a decent case with airflow, it means the 470s will provide better performance at a cheaper price.

If PSU or a crappy case is an issue, then u dont have a choice, have to go 5xxx series
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June 11, 2010 2:44:30 PM

Im sinking a lot of $$ into a new build so im not skimping on any parts. Will have a good case (Thermaltake Spedo) and a good 850-1000 watt PSU.

So you guys are saying 2 470's will out preform a single 5970?
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a b U Graphics card
June 11, 2010 3:01:22 PM

yes, a 5970 is about the same performance as 2 x 5850's in crossfire at stock speeds, maybe it even performs a little worse than 2 x 5850's in some situations...
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June 11, 2010 3:08:46 PM

Also keep in mind that two 470s will probably be noisy. According to that 3dGuru review, it's 55DB @ 75 CM, which they refer to as "quite something". I suspect two 5870s or 5850s would be a bit better, though still worse than a single card. Still, if you're planning to go CF or SLI, that's something you've got to expect.

Personally, I'm really reticent to go with current nVidia cards... I don't really like the whole power hungry thing. Doesn't seem healthy :p 

AFAIK, it goes like this: 2x 5870 > 5970 > 2x 5850. I'm not exactly sure where 2x 470 would fit in there, though.
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a b U Graphics card
June 11, 2010 3:29:32 PM

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How? the 5970 would perform better due to the extra SPs.


Don't ask me those questions when the proof is in the link that Mousemonkey posted. Those questions are better suited for AMD? Scaling perhaps?
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a b U Graphics card
June 11, 2010 3:55:45 PM

That one example may be true but there are others where the 2 x 5850's @ stock edge out the 5970, i'm not trying to say that it is a huge difference, but an overall average in all games, the 2 x 5850 slightly edges out the 5970, i'm not sure which would be better for overclocking though.
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a c 273 U Graphics card
June 11, 2010 4:52:52 PM

jonpaul37 said:
That one example may be true but there are others where the 2 x 5850's @ stock edge out the 5970, i'm not trying to say that it is a huge difference, but an overall average in all games, the 2 x 5850 slightly edges out the 5970, i'm not sure which would be better for overclocking though.

Probably the 5850's, I saw an article on the 5970 when it was first released that mentioned the OC caused the 5970 to throttle back as things warmed up and I think ATi released an overvolt program shortly after that review but since then I have seen a couple of posts from people wondering why their OC'd 5970's don't seem to gain them much more performance and sometimes results in less performance so I wonder if there is a throttling issue there.
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June 11, 2010 5:11:47 PM

So performance wise, for overall perf. being they are all within the same price range... Which is the best buy for the money... and I want something that I wont have to update anytime soon.

I could do 4 5770's or 3 5830's..... Everything else will have to be 2x unless it's the 5970, then I can only get 1 of those.
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a c 273 U Graphics card
June 11, 2010 5:42:31 PM

I vote for the 470's, that's not a recommendation its just a vote!
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a b U Graphics card
June 11, 2010 6:06:40 PM

I think i have to agree with the 470's, they seem to be the better performers here, especially when you take AA/AF and other features into consideration and the 470's will have some OC headroom if that's your thing.

The 5870's are nice too, they overclock very well and they will draw a little less power than the 470's
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June 11, 2010 6:07:28 PM

Yeah... Just grab single HD5970 then all your a question about gaming performance will have an answer.... :-)
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a b U Graphics card
June 11, 2010 6:10:36 PM

470's have my vote.

They pretty much match the 5870's because they scale better.
They overclock like all hell.
They're cheaper.
They handle AA/AF better and have PhysX as a little bonus.
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June 11, 2010 6:19:11 PM

Redechelon... For what you have get.

Which one are better performance.... HD5870 or Nvidia470.?????
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a b U Graphics card
June 11, 2010 6:34:41 PM

Huh...?
Alone or SLI?

By itself, the 5870 usually outperforms the 470, but its also 50$ more.
In CF or SLI, the 470 catches up because of scaling, and it's $100 less than a 5870 setup.

Oh, and beitzel, don't get more than 2 cards... after the second card, each gives you less and less of a performance gain.
So you'd be paying ~$350 and only seeing half of the money you paid for in fps. And it's a ton of freaking power.
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June 15, 2010 4:30:17 PM

Best answer selected by beitzel15.
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