USAGE: High quality/resolution gaming, Crysis, Metro 2033, punishing the card in general (usually run max details and shadows, but no aa, @ 1920x1080)
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: A broken down sapphire 4870x2, writing this from a laptop. 1000 watt/84amps @ 12v rail OCZ Z series.
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Rampage 2 extreme mb, core i7 920, 6gb corsair dominator 1600mhz, acer 21' monitor.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Likely going to buy directly from tiger direct in store to avoid shipping.
PARTS PREFERENCES: Anything that won't break down after 2 years.
OVERCLOCKING: Probably SLI OR CROSSFIRE: If effective
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Narrowed it down to nvidia 570gtx, 460gtx x2, radeon 6950 or 6970.
6950@ $290, 570 @ $320, 460gtx SLI @ $320
Am I going to run into any problems with the 570's lower memory? I don't plan to upgrade again for at least 2-3 years.
Would consider other crossfire/SLI solution if competitive.
Is Galaxy a good brand?
Appreciate any input.
Well, the SLI 460's will be the fastest of the options you listed, and a good option if you don't have a problem with running a dual card setup. Cost will be around $400 or less.
For a single card, especially at your resolution, I would go with a GTX570 for $350, well under your top budget limit. The GTX570 will be relatively cool and quiet, and comes with features that are unique to Nvidia, such as PhysX, 3D Vision, very good DirectX 11 tesselation performance, very good driver support, and overall it will have better performance than the other single cards you listed. There are several custom models of GTX570 on the market as well, to give you plenty of options to choose from. Lastly, a single GTX570 will give you the option to add a second card for SLI that will deliver excellent dual GPU scaling.
Thanks for the reply,
I don't have a problem with running SLI, and I found a pair of Galaxy 460gtx cards for 320 bucks. I also found 1 570 gtx for the same price.
Will the memory of the 460s be enough to run at my resolution? Are they superior to one 570gtx?
I'll probably end up upgrading again when dx12 comes around, so I might not end up wanting a 570 sli setup at that point.
The 1GB versions of the GTX460 will be great for your resolution, and two will be faster than one GTX570,
BUT stay away from those Galaxy 460's:
"In short, the reference design GTX 460 video cards we tested were dead silent. The Galaxy GeForce GTX 460 1GB video card, on the other hand, was not. From the moment we plugged it in, the fan was whiny and loud. And when we fired up FurMark, or any 3D game, it only got worse. Not only was it audible over the other system fans, it was audible over the speakers, and even the office pedestal fan. So while Galaxy has perfected cooling, they have a ways to go to reducing the noise level compared to the reference fan." http://www.hardocp.com/article/2010/07/12/nvidia_geforc...
To play at very high settings with games like Crysis or metro with a 400$ budget is going to require sli or crossfire. I would go with crossfire 6850's but sli 460 work just as good.
With my system i play metro at 1680x1050 at very high settings including dof no AA and i get around 35-50 fps. Crysis at same resolution all settings at very high with x2 AA i get between 37-50ish fps.
Two 460's will outperform one 570 today but leaves you no place to go when games become more demanding. Come XMas 2012 the latest and greatest games will be too much for the twin 460's leaving you in the position of making a substantial investment in an older PC to keep up. For that reason, I'd recommend getting one 570 now and adding a 2nd when prices drop and you start to see the single card strain a bit on the most demanding titles.
Keep in mind that the 460 is "last generation" card with the 560 being the current one.