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

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a b U Graphics card
June 26, 2010 2:26:48 AM

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.
June 26, 2010 3:20:03 AM

SLI has better scaling, I'd pick the gtx 470 SLI.
a b U Graphics card
June 26, 2010 4:22:34 AM

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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.
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a b U Graphics card
June 26, 2010 4:23:13 AM

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.
a b U Graphics card
June 26, 2010 4:24:32 AM

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.

June 26, 2010 5:15:13 AM

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).
a b U Graphics card
June 26, 2010 5:26:34 AM

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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.
Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
June 26, 2010 8:52:49 AM

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.
June 26, 2010 6:03:35 PM

a single 5970 The Best buy Period !!
a b U Graphics card
June 26, 2010 8:42:43 PM

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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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