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January 21, 2011 12:16:28 PM

Hi,

Im about to upgrade my video cards from NVIDIA 7950 to something with DX11(gaming mainly gaming mainly ). Please advise on the following

-Buy 2-3 cheaper (i.e.up to 100) cards and hook them up in crossfire
-buy one of the following instead GTX-480(for CUDA mainly i.e. video processing) or Asus 6950(ati)
-I wonder if a 2-3 card configuration will give more performance vs one card i.e. the above
I still look for more info as we speak so if you have please give me some pointers

Mainboard is a Crosshair IV extreme ROG

Thank You

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January 21, 2011 12:59:45 PM

sylmarils said:
Hi,

Im about to upgrade my video cards from NVIDIA 7950 to something with DX11(gaming mainly gaming mainly ). Please advise on the following

-Buy 2-3 cheaper (i.e.up to 100) cards and hook them up in crossfire
-buy one of the following instead GTX-480(for CUDA mainly i.e. video processing) or Asus 6950(ati)
-I wonder if a 2-3 card configuration will give more performance vs one card i.e. the above
I still look for more info as we speak so if you have please give me some pointers

Mainboard is a Crosshair IV extreme ROG

Thank You


I'd wait until next week until the GTX 560 comes out. It'll be in the mid $300.00 range and should be able to overclock like a monster. That or once the 560 comes out, the 460 prices will drop and you could probably get two of them for close to $300.00
January 21, 2011 2:09:06 PM

Thanks for the advice
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January 21, 2011 4:38:57 PM

One option is two GTX460 768MB versions in SLI. That will get you up to GTX480 performance, for about $260 or less. I'm seeing two Asus DirectCU's for $130 each after rebate on Newegg, or two Galaxy for $105 each after rebate = $210.
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January 21, 2011 4:58:12 PM

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matto...!

I have to be careful how I respond to that, people might take it the wrong way.

For the OP, you have a Lucid Hydra chipset, so you could mix and match Nvidia and AMD. Hmmm, I wonder if you can use PhysX with a mix and match setup?
February 4, 2011 2:40:49 PM

Hey Mario,

Ok so what does it mean if i unlock the 6970 GPU can i OC? I don'y know much about this card but does that mean more cooling(more $$) once OC or it can go with the stock cooling and the final question is it really worth it?

Thanks for all the replies
February 4, 2011 2:43:18 PM

ATI 4EVER!
February 4, 2011 2:44:30 PM

In fairness i would expected to run SLI on the hidra chip even with older video cards. I have 2 x GTX7900 and i use one atm as the Mobo doesn't recognise SLI... or maybe i want too much LOL. I have planned the videocard for later anyway until i get more funds so i try to weight my options carefully.
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February 4, 2011 2:49:33 PM

Id recommend getting a GTX 560.
February 4, 2011 3:02:51 PM

The MSI N560GTX Ti Twin Frozr2 - 1GB - PCI-E DVI HDMI is €244
and the ASUS EAH6950/2DI2S/2GD5 is €275 no charge for shipping so its a €30 difference but Nvidia had HW build issues in the past or that wasn't so for Ati (they had driver issues do) so i incline for ATI thus sacrificing a bit of performance. Correct me if i'm wrong
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February 4, 2011 3:19:13 PM

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I upgraded my i5 phys-X unit just last week.
I went from a BFG9800GT and a EVGA-SSC GTX460 to a GTS 240(OEM) and a GTX560 from EVGA.
The GTX560 is amazing and I do notice several performance enhancements..


how does the 240 work as a physx card? I was thinking of picking up a used 9800/8800 gt off ebay to use with my 6870 for a dedicated physx (with the hacked drivers) do you think its worth it?
February 4, 2011 3:21:54 PM

Well i had to RMA 2 x 7900 GTX (not even OC) in the past and the same issue came back later after both were out of warranty . Faulty DDR3 memory chips. Don't wana go that road again :) 
February 28, 2012 9:42:39 PM

Hi

Updated my configuration since my first post:
-got rid of the Crosshair IV extreme(too many issues) and went for a Crosshair V (very happy)
-Same old 1090 AMD and 8 GB of 1600 Ram and OCZ Vertex Sata3(Boot)
-I relatively upgraded the videocards to newer a 9800x2 +8800GTX for physiscs
but too much power and high temps.
It worked whith anything i throw on it at 1600x1200 (limited by my monitor) flawlesly...until the 9800x2 died-a nice funeral :) 
I fully agree that it wasn't DX11 but now i intend to buy an ATI. Seems to me that all NVIDIA cards have numerous contact problem issues, memory etc. From my xp Asus builds them better regardless of GPU type and hope is still the case now.

I'm not sure if ati can alocate a GPU for physics same way as NVIDIA driver does-never went that road.

Please advise Cheers
!