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February 21, 2011 1:54:15 AM

Hello everyone, i need your expertise and knowledge to help me figure out a new GPU for my X58 SLI LE motherboard.

Budget 500$

system specs:
PSU: Corsair 750HX
CPU: i7 930 (3.34ghz)
Current GPU: GTX 275 1792mb

Option #1= GTX 570
Option #2= 6970
Option #4= 6950 Crossfire
Option #5=6870 Crossfire

I play all my games at 1920x1080.

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a b U Graphics card
February 21, 2011 3:07:20 AM

6950 Crossfire would be the most powerful option, and if you buy the reference models you can unlock them to 6970s and max out anything you throw at it ;) 
a c 214 U Graphics card
February 21, 2011 3:17:56 AM

I agree.A 6950 crossfire will be your best bet for maximum performance.They also make 1G versions if you wanted to spare some money.
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a c 539 U Graphics card
February 21, 2011 5:49:46 AM

So with a SLI motherboard, are you not considering GTX 570's or 560's in SLI? The GTX 500 series plays very well in SLI with relatively low increases in heat and noise.
a b U Graphics card
February 21, 2011 9:02:18 AM

its not overkill if you want to max every game with max AA/AF and its more futureproof than a weaker solution hehe ;) 
February 21, 2011 9:08:13 AM

HD 6870 Crossfire.Hd 6950 xfire is totally waste and overkill.
February 21, 2011 9:25:49 AM

I appreciate all of your supportive answers :p , i think ill head towards the 6950 crossfire
February 21, 2011 9:30:47 AM

would the 6850 be almost in par with the 6950?
February 21, 2011 9:37:35 AM

or should i get the 6870 crossfire since its under 500$?
February 21, 2011 9:47:45 AM

Is it possible to have two different companies for crossfire as long as the speed of the core and vram are the same?
a b U Graphics card
February 21, 2011 9:54:29 AM

6850 is far away from a 6950 and the 2GB VRAM in the 6950 makes it a good card to crossfire, i really suggest the 6950.

and yes you can crossfire different companies as long as its the same card.
February 21, 2011 10:49:05 AM

i think just find a single gpu solution.gtx 570/6970/gtx 580.or if you want xfire then hd 6870 xfire is way to go.if you want sli then gtx 560ti is best.
February 21, 2011 7:17:16 PM

so i'm guessing the 6950 has the best GPU scaling
a c 539 U Graphics card
February 21, 2011 7:38:01 PM

Average dual card scaling across all benchmarks at 1920x1200:
6950: 1.67x
560: 1.69x
570: 1.7x

Noise levels (vs. single card)
6950: 49 Dba (+8 Dba)
560: 40 Dba (+3 Dba)
570: 42 Dba (+2 Dba)

GPU Temps (vs. single card)
6950: 89c (+12c)
560: 74c (+6c)
570: 81c (+4c)
February 21, 2011 8:26:36 PM

its too bad my antec 900 power supply at the bottom, its leaving no room for the second GPU since my board supports enthusiast sli. If i have one of them sitting underneath the other one, will it cause heat problems?
a c 214 U Graphics card
February 21, 2011 8:31:35 PM

Usally the top card will be hotter by a few degrees.
What case do you have?
February 21, 2011 8:37:40 PM

Antec 900
a c 214 U Graphics card
February 21, 2011 9:06:36 PM

Thats a nice case.You should have no problem with heat.
February 21, 2011 11:04:53 PM

Has ATI fixed the artifacts and bugs in certain games?
February 21, 2011 11:16:11 PM

Is 3.36ghz gonna be enough for 2 6950's ?
a c 214 U Graphics card
February 21, 2011 11:30:29 PM

I don't know about the arifacts and bugs but you CPU should handle them fine,it's an i7.
February 21, 2011 11:32:35 PM

Best answer selected by wolf201.
a c 539 U Graphics card
February 22, 2011 12:20:49 AM

So I guess you're not concerned about the 49 Dba and 89c temperatures.
a b U Graphics card
February 22, 2011 10:07:31 AM

yep get the 2gb, the 1gb version cant unlock to a 6970.
a b U Graphics card
February 22, 2011 3:20:36 PM

yeah i didnt mean just for the unlock either, you already said that memory would not double in crossfire so i didnt want to repeat that one lol.
a c 271 U Graphics card
February 22, 2011 5:07:05 PM

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