HD5970 (cheapest is around $650 average, up to $690)
GTX 580 (cheapest is $625-gigabyt up to $700 for other brands)
GTX 480 (around $495 average- BUT there is a one brand GALAXY GTX 480 going for 380$)
HD 5870 is around $350 avgerage
HD 6870's go for around $280 average
HD 6850 go for around $220 average
So what do you think guys?
(1). Is this galaxy brand.. trust worthy? (or will it have some sorta crap cooling and fry?)
(2). Should i buy this now? instead of waiting for GTX 580 prices to drop and 69xx to come out? -don't know how long this price remains at $380.
I have never owned a Galaxy card. I'm going to say don't fear the Galaxy, but it will have the same issues as all GTX480's. Forget the heat, but the noise may be an issue for you. I have one, and I personally think the noise is no big deal. I also think that more GTX480's will drop in price over the next few weeks. I think they are being phased out and will only get cheaper to move inventory.
I'm also going to say I don't think the GTX580 is going to get much cheaper, but it will by a little. The GTX580, I think, will stabilize at around $500US, about $30US cheaper than the most expensive ones are right now. (Not sure what that is in Aus.)
I guess if I had to make a call, I would wait until December 13th, when the HD6900's get released and see if the GTX580's go on sale at that time. If you can't wait, take your time, but don't fear the Galaxy.
The 6870CF will cost me $540-if i buy both now (and $470 if i buy 1 now and wait til december-assuming it drops to $200), whereas the GTX 480 will cost me $380. I'm not sure where you got the 100$ cheaper.
I asked my friend just before [has connections with computer stores], they just told me the Galaxy is fine, and Leadtek is a crap brand so no on that one.
6870 drop from $270 -> $200? Thats a substantial drop ~ what makes you say this?
Also read that generally there is lower minimum FPS when going CF, opposed to single card. (i don't like shotty minimum FPS - so not keen on CF, unless some1 can show links the fps loss is minimal)
Mostly because they are close price wise - 6870 CF for $560.... GTX 580 for $640ish, with the 6870 CF performance trouncing the single GTX 580.
I was probably a bit ambitious with the drop to 200$, likely to settle closer to $225.
The minimum frame rates from CF really distort how performance looks on paper and I wouldn't them too seriously. As they're mostly caused by a single low frame rate early in the benchmark, and are not regular occurrences during normal gaming.
Have a look at the link for CF 6870s, as it directly compares them to the GTX 480 sli, and ask yourself whether it justifies the 35% price premium to grab the 480 instead ($380 vs $280).
I think it's great that you use Guru3d. That's my go-to site for reviews. Did you catch this at the end of that Crossfire review:
"So over the years Multi-GPU support has improved quite a bit, AMD still isn't up-to snuff at the level of NVIDIA though, multi-GPU supports still literally and directly remains the Achilles heel of ATI's Catalyst drivers. For years now we have been requesting user-based multi-GPU profiles. See when a new game comes out, multi-GPU support will not be supported by the Catalyst driver. ATI will always need to update this through drivers or downloadable profiles. What ATI needs to do is to allow the end user to make custom profiles per game. A small tip, renaming your game-executable towards a game title that is supported can, not always but often, help out."