GTX480.Vs.5970.Vs.GTX470 SLI Vs. 5870 CFX

i'm in a bit of a pickle, last part that need, the GPU. price is not an issue i can afford it but i don't wanna run liquid cooling. So what is my best bet, taking into account heat, performance, retention of value, noise and driver support etc.
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  1. SLI has better scaling, I'd pick the gtx 470 SLI.
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    GTX 470 in SLI


    Your graph doesn't support that. :heink:

    If money is no object..... why not two GTX 480 in SLi ? :hebe:

    Doesn't require liquid cooling, performance is tops, value retention is crap shoot for every option, and everything else is relative.
  3. Get the 5970 or two 5850s. The 5970 performs equal to two 5850s and costs the same as two GTX470, but has the advantage of only using 1 PCIe slot since it's a single card.

    Two 5850s will give you the same performance and will be $100 cheaper, but is two cards.

    Two GTX470s will give you better performance than a 5970 or two 5850s, but will run hotter and use much more electricity.

    You can run 2x 5850s or 1 5970 on a 650watt PSU, but you'll need a 750-800 watt PSU for two GTX470s.




    So if you want the most raw power, get two GTX470s in SLi. If you want great performance but a cheaper option, two 5850s will do nicely. And a $700 5970 will be a great performer as well...if your case can fit the 13inch card.
  4. two GTX 470s are about the same as a single 5970 but uses more power and produces more heat but a little cheaper than a 5970. If price is not an issue, the 5970 is definitely the better buy.

    Two 5870s would be a 5970 but cost about $100 more but consumes more power and produces more total heat. Though would run cooler individually.

    A single GTX 480 would get beat by any crossfire or SLI setup. Even SLI GTX 480 is hard to recommend since you can get 5970 + 5850 trifire at that price and that would still run cooler and consume less power than GTX 480 SLI.
  5. look at psychos chart and get the 5970 because you can always pick up another one down the road to increase performance (if it even needs it lol).
  6. Quote:
    Fermi doesn't require watercooling...


    Didn't say it did re-read.
    As for GTX470 SLi, where did he say bang/buck? Seems to contradict his statement.
    Value retention was one thing, but so was performance, but that chart wouldn't help the former, just the latter.
  7. thanks for that guys, still got a little thinking to do. while i'm on the topic, any word on ninvida's "surround vision"? the 3D seems like to much of a hassle but if you can run it like eyefinety then that just makes my decision that much easier.
  8. a single 5970 The Best buy Period !!
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    thanks for that guys, still got a little thinking to do. while i'm on the topic, any word on ninvida's "surround vision"? the 3D seems like to much of a hassle but if you can run it like eyefinety then that just makes my decision that much easier.


    Well, eyefinity can be done with one card. Nvidia can only do 2 monitors per card. I'm not sure about 3D...
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