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September 21, 2010 2:35:37 PM

How many lanes would the XFX 4gb Black 5970 take up??The reason I ask is the standard 5970 takes up 2 lanes.The Sapphire Toxic 4 gb 5970 takes up 3 lanes.I just wanted to be sure before I made the purchase.

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September 21, 2010 2:59:33 PM

What's up with that card, not the card itself but the toy gun in the background?
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September 21, 2010 3:06:31 PM

I don't know...
I'm just as curious as you.
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September 21, 2010 3:29:30 PM

Yep I'd say 2 slots as well.

Is there really any point in getting a 4gb card tho?
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September 21, 2010 4:54:20 PM

wolfram23 said:
Yep I'd say 2 slots as well.

Is there really any point in getting a 4gb card tho?

Uhhh, high settings in gta4?
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September 21, 2010 5:12:32 PM

4GB card = run 6 monitors on eyefinity... :) 
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September 21, 2010 5:21:40 PM

Then we get gta4 on high while using 6 monitors!
Oh wait, gta4 doesn't use both gpu's.
Oh wait, gta4 at that resolution...

Scrap that idea, he could play other games on high no problem though.
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September 21, 2010 5:25:17 PM

Agree with you, well, that's just my guessing, i don't know what's the OP plan with that card...
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September 21, 2010 5:35:54 PM

dalta centauri said:
What's up with that card, not the card itself but the toy gun in the background?

The gun is actually the case/box they sell it in...
http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1263/1/
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September 21, 2010 5:51:37 PM

Well, ok, maybe for 6 monitors the 4gb will be useful. But even 3 monitors 2gb would be enough. And if you're going all out on 6 monitors... well, that's cool. Good luck!
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September 21, 2010 6:54:27 PM

I like how we all made speculations, then go on with thinking that were right.
For all we know he could just want a limited 5970. Maybe he wants to stroll around with a gun saying, "Im just taking my pc with me piece by piece."
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September 21, 2010 8:41:15 PM

dalta centauri said:
I like how we all made speculations, then go on with thinking that were right.
For all we know he could just want a limited 5970. Maybe he wants to stroll around with a gun saying, "Im just taking my pc with me piece by piece."

lol--good idea.Take it to work piece by piece.That was the most hilarious thing I heard this week.
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September 21, 2010 8:42:04 PM

wolfram23 said:
Yep I'd say 2 slots as well.

Is there really any point in getting a 4gb card tho?

Maximumum performance
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September 21, 2010 8:43:54 PM

dalta centauri said:
I like how we all made speculations, then go on with thinking that were right.
For all we know he could just want a limited 5970. Maybe he wants to stroll around with a gun saying, "Im just taking my pc with me piece by piece."

I was thinking of getting 2 thats why I wanted to know about how many lanes it would take up.I also wanted to make sure I could fit the Razer sound card.
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September 21, 2010 9:07:33 PM

^ You should search for 5970 in crossfire. Since it's technically quadfire, the scaling isn't all that great, but on top of that, many games seem to have issues with it. A better option would be 5970 + 5870, or just go with a pair of GTX 480s lol.

Also... more memory doesn't give more performance. It just gives more headroom to preload more textures as well as for AA, but even then 2gb is a lot.. supposedly with higher resolutions (like, more than 3 monitors) you can use up all that GPU space, just not normally. But since it appears money has no value to you, then by all means go big!
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September 22, 2010 12:06:00 PM

Getting 16-22 30" monitors?
Then you need 2 5970's! I would laugh if that was the case, but I would love to see it as well.
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September 22, 2010 6:33:49 PM

wolfram23 said:
^ You should search for 5970 in crossfire. Since it's technically quadfire, the scaling isn't all that great, but on top of that, many games seem to have issues with it. A better option would be 5970 + 5870, or just go with a pair of GTX 480s lol.

Also... more memory doesn't give more performance. It just gives more headroom to preload more textures as well as for AA, but even then 2gb is a lot.. supposedly with higher resolutions (like, more than 3 monitors) you can use up all that GPU space, just not normally. But since it appears money has no value to you, then by all means go big!

I alreadt have the gtx 480s in triSLI. I am just doing a build for a friend(paying customer)
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September 22, 2010 6:36:13 PM

dalta centauri said:
Getting 16-22 30" monitors?
Then you need 2 5970's! I would laugh if that was the case, but I would love to see it as well.

No way!! really any more than 3 monitors is not good.I mean performance suffers a bit.Especially with 6.I will just utilize 3 monitors. I am waiting for the Asus 27 inch 3d monitors to come out.I hope soon.
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September 22, 2010 6:36:29 PM

Best answer selected by seanny.
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September 22, 2010 6:55:01 PM

wolfram23 said:
^ You should search for 5970 in crossfire. Since it's technically quadfire, the scaling isn't all that great, but on top of that, many games seem to have issues with it. A better option would be 5970 + 5870, or just go with a pair of GTX 480s lol.

Also... more memory doesn't give more performance. It just gives more headroom to preload more textures as well as for AA, but even then 2gb is a lot.. supposedly with higher resolutions (like, more than 3 monitors) you can use up all that GPU space, just not normally. But since it appears money has no value to you, then by all means go big!
That makes sense.I was gonna use 3 of the 925 Mhz Sapphire 5870 2gb,or the XFX 5970's.The 5870s are about 700 dollars cheaper for almost the same performance and I hear that some games do not support 4way x fire.
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September 22, 2010 6:57:03 PM

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