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August 30, 2010 8:22:54 AM

which video card is better for gaming?

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a c 153 U Graphics card
August 30, 2010 8:27:15 AM

What is your resolution? And what kind of games? DX11? 5970 has more raw power, but its a dual GPU, its not even a fair comparison. Last time I checked the 5970 was also 150 dollars more.
a b U Graphics card
August 30, 2010 9:23:20 AM

Helltech said:
What is your resolution? And what kind of games? DX11? 5970 has more raw power, but its a dual GPU, its not even a fair comparison. Last time I checked the 5970 was also 150 dollars more.


If he has a SLI mobo then the best solution is to get 2 GTX460's.
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a b U Graphics card
August 30, 2010 9:33:23 AM

Yes, But that still consumes more power, and put out more heat than a single 5970, I recommend a 5970 as it beats the GTX 480 and it has a lower TDP etc.

460 is ok if your buying 1 card at a time if you already have a SLi board, But 5970 is better from the get-go.

EDIT: 5970 will also not need as much power as a 460 SLi SFAIK
a b U Graphics card
August 30, 2010 9:35:53 AM

Yes if OP doesn't have a SLI mobo, then the 5970 is the way to go.
a b U Graphics card
August 30, 2010 10:02:17 AM

HD5970 is the better card for gaming.
But if you wanna purchase then also make sure your rig is up to the mark for handling such cards .

Mention your full system specs along with monitor's native resolution...
August 30, 2010 5:12:31 PM

if you can afford it, and have the space in your case with a good enough power supply then the 5970 is the way to go, fastest card in the world = best for gaming.
a c 376 U Graphics card
August 30, 2010 5:18:54 PM

decode said:
460 is ok if your buying 1 card at a time if you already have a SLi board, But 5970 is better from the get-go.

SLIed GTX 460s are actually equal to an HD5970 and they use very similar amounts of power(the GTX 460s slightly less.)
The difference is that the HD5970 costs $150 more and tries to cool two GPUs with one cooler which isn't optimal. If you have an SLI motherboard there is no reason to buy an HD5970 unless you don't like money. Even If you have just a Crossfire motherboard I would lean towards 2 well cooled HD5850s myself.
a b U Graphics card
August 31, 2010 1:04:21 AM

He still needs a SLi mobo in that case, in which case it could be cheaper in some circumstances to get the 5970.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 31, 2010 8:39:53 AM

GTX 460 SLI performs on par with 5970 in most games, but as higher the resolution goes, the gap becomes bigger
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/gf-gtx46...
"At the resolution of 1920x1080 the GeForce GTX 460 SLI is not that confident. Its average advantage over the Radeon HD 5970 has shrunk to a mere 3% and it loses to the latter 10 out of the 19 tests (the biggest gap can be seen in Metro 2033, Just Cause 2, Resident Evil 5 and Final Fantasy XIV Official Benchmark)"
As for 5970 vs GTX 480,
5970 is faster,has less power consumption and runs cooler too.
a b U Graphics card
August 31, 2010 8:45:37 AM

^
+1 for sure regarding the 480.
a b U Graphics card
August 31, 2010 8:52:52 AM

zerovit said:
which video card is better for gaming?



have you considered 3D gaming? i'm an nvidia fan, but really hope Ati bring out 3D in their 6xxx series cards!! if i were you, i would wait for the 6xxx series, just around the corner, or wait for the GTX 495 (2 x 460 - less heat and more bang for the buck!!... plus 2 x 460's perform better than the 480 for the same price!!)

remember patience is a virtue!!

just my thought

Dane
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