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November 16, 2010 9:12:41 PM

I live in australia and the prices are like this:

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.

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a c 624 U Graphics card
November 16, 2010 9:40:53 PM

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.
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November 17, 2010 1:40:47 AM

Hi - if you're interested in a GTX 480 and don't want a Galaxy card this is also on sale;

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

If you need a card right now you're best to grab a single 6870 and grab a second one in December when the 69XX cards come out, which will likely drive the 6870 to 200$.

Keep in mind that 6870 crossfire is significantly faster than even the GTX 580, and is about 100$ cheaper.

http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-580-review/16
http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-6850-6870-cross...

54fps Crossfire 6870 vs 39fps GTX 580 (Crysis Warhead DX10 1920x1200 Enthusiast Settings)
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November 17, 2010 1:47:16 AM

Just realised from your sig that you have a 5870.....wait for the 69XX.
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November 17, 2010 3:01:40 AM

the 5870 i'm selling to friend. So atm i have no graphics card. Assuming the 6970 is 20% better than the 5870, then its equal to the GTX 480 (but prolly less heat/power)

But i wonder what the pricing will be. Since the 5870 is $340 and the GTX 480 is $380 - it just looks like very very very good buy.
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November 17, 2010 3:08:57 AM

The 6970 will be faster than the GTX 580, and much faster than the 5870 not 20%....


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November 17, 2010 3:09:39 AM

Nerdbox87 said:
Hi - if you're interested in a GTX 480 and don't want a Galaxy card this is also on sale;

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

If you need a card right now you're best to grab a single 6870 and grab a second one in December when the 69XX cards come out, which will likely drive the 6870 to 200$.

Keep in mind that 6870 crossfire is significantly faster than even the GTX 580, and is about 100$ cheaper.

http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-580-review/16
http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-6850-6870-cross...

54fps Crossfire 6870 vs 39fps GTX 580 (Crysis Warhead DX10 1920x1200 Enthusiast Settings)


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)

Thanks for your input.
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November 17, 2010 3:11:56 AM

I'm comparing the CF 6870s to the GTX 580 not 480 - as are those benchmark links I posted....
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November 17, 2010 3:14:48 AM

oh i see, but why are u comparing the gtx 580 and 6870 CF?
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November 17, 2010 3:31:39 AM

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).

*Edit - also has both cards in single modes*
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November 17, 2010 3:59:51 AM

I guess what I'm trying to say is just how overpriced the GTX 480 has been, that even when reduced by 100$ its still only OK value wise.

On that note though - at that price it smokes the GTX 580 / 5870 for value.

It's just that the 6850, 6870 and GTX 460 are so damn good for their prices.
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a c 624 U Graphics card
November 17, 2010 8:25:20 PM

Nerdbox87 said:
Hi - if you're interested in a GTX 480 and don't want a Galaxy card this is also on sale;

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

If you need a card right now you're best to grab a single 6870 and grab a second one in December when the 69XX cards come out, which will likely drive the 6870 to 200$.

Keep in mind that 6870 crossfire is significantly faster than even the GTX 580, and is about 100$ cheaper.

http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-580-review/16
http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-6850-6870-cross...

54fps Crossfire 6870 vs 39fps GTX 580 (Crysis Warhead DX10 1920x1200 Enthusiast Settings)

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."
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