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HD 5770 (x3) or GTX 480

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September 6, 2010 7:06:39 PM

Hey all

Im thinking of getting a new computer, i was either thinking of getting a gtx480 but have heard mix views on its stability concerning heat and power consumption. the alternative i looked at was a crossfire solution with 3x HD 5770's for a similair price, i was wondering wether i should risk extreme heat or patchy crossfire performence? or maybe another alternative ( note my case is too small for the HD 5970, and the 2x Hd 5870's were a tad pricey)

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a b U Graphics card
September 6, 2010 7:13:20 PM

Hmm, why not go for 2*GTX460s, runs cool and generally quiet, performs better than a GTX480 for less. Crossfire/SLI scales pretty bad after 2 cards.
What Mobo do you have though? If its AMD based, Id suggest you wait for the HD6000s.
a c 1362 U Graphics card
September 6, 2010 7:19:27 PM

I would select one card for the same performance over two cards let alone three. Timop´s suggestion of the GTX 460 1 GB is not bad or if you are crossfire only you could go with couple of HD5850 for a little more http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 6, 2010 7:47:13 PM

at Timpop:
the mother board i was thinking of getting is the crosshair 4 formula motherboard from asus with AMD am3 support.
The only issue with the 6000 series is price? i have a budget of around £1000-£1200 and im not sure i could stretch it to get a 6000 series card? or are you suggesting that the 5000 series will drop in price with the new release.

at rolli59:
if i was going to go nvidea id want the new fermi achitecture, but AFAIK the 460 doesnt have it.
a b U Graphics card
September 6, 2010 7:50:05 PM

noggin_on_wheels said:
at Timpop:
the mother board i was thinking of getting is the crosshair 4 formula motherboard from asus with AMD am3 support.
The only issue with the 6000 series is price? i have a budget of around £1000-£1200 and im not sure i could stretch it to get a 6000 series card? or are you suggesting that the 5000 series will drop in price with the new release.

at rolli59:
if i was going to go nvidea id want the new fermi achitecture, but AFAIK the 460 doesnt have it.

The 460 is Fermi, all 4XX cards are fermi actually.

The 6000 isnt priced yet, but it should be priced similarly to the GTX4XX if not lower. Youll have to wait till October/November to see.
a c 376 U Graphics card
September 6, 2010 7:51:22 PM

The GTX 460 is the newest Nvidia card. It is a redesign of the original Fermi with much better power efficiency.
September 6, 2010 9:06:53 PM

I would take the GTX 480 over 3 5770's. Three of those cards will produce heat and power consumption similar to one 480. SLI and Crossfire are completely dependent on drivers, which is why I never use two cards. It's best to get the fastest single card you can buy.
a c 376 U Graphics card
September 6, 2010 9:12:11 PM

Overclocking a GTX 470 is a much, much better value for the money than a GTX 480.
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