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February 25, 2011 3:05:39 AM

I want to purchase 2 sapphire radeon hd 5870 2gb eyefinity 6 edition cards but do not know if my current system will bottle neck them?

My current processor is an AMD phenom X4 955 BE overclocked to 4.0ghz on an asus m4a89td pro motherboard with 4gb of ddr3 1800 ram ( planning to get a total of 8 gb of ram ).

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a c 175 U Graphics card
February 25, 2011 3:29:16 AM

Yes. Every system has a bottleneck. The goal is to minimize it so that you can still play games without over spending. You have a powerful GPU setup, CPU and more then enough ram, so your bottleneck might be in the storage system, or the monitor. I don't think I would have bought two of the eyefinity 6 cards. A set of the 6950s would have been a better buy.
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February 25, 2011 5:11:57 AM

hd 5870 would be a better choice as they are quite cheaper and are almost as hd 6950.you can get two for around 450$.
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a b U Graphics card
February 25, 2011 5:42:43 AM

No, he wants to buy them on the $199 each, $179 AR deal. It's a great deal! If you have the cash and a need for graphics, you definitely should pull the trigger on that deal.

And your Phenom II x4 955BE OC'd should be able to handle the both of them. You'll have a well balanced setup that's barely bottlenecked at all.

Beware though--your RAM will only run in dual channel with two sticks. If you move it to four, it will slow down. Most chipsets (X58 included) have trouble with running all the slots filled at fullspeed.

I'd have bought them myself, but I've got a GTX 470 and I'm not sure what I'd do with all these solid graphics cards.
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a c 175 U Graphics card
February 25, 2011 7:55:34 AM

Starting to hate my laptop...

Cheapest 5870 Eyefinty 6 on newegg right now.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$260 after rebate. Keep in mind you might only get one rebate per household so this might be anywhere from $520 to $540 for two.

Cheapest 6950 on newegg right now.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$233 counting shipping and rebate. This is $30ish cheaper then the 5870 per card idea. They will CF better, and perform as a single card better as well. And don't forget they support the newer DP (?) standard so you can still use 6 monitors. Any other questions?
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a b U Graphics card
February 25, 2011 8:12:57 AM

If he'd bought it when I posted, the card was still $199/$179--which was a fantastic deal several hours ago. If he didn't pull the trigger, then he may as well only get a single card now or wait for another crazy deal after the GTX 590 and 6990 are launched.
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a c 175 U Graphics card
February 25, 2011 8:57:40 AM

5870 != eyefinity 6 edition. I've seen 5870s down that low, I've never seen the Eye 6 that low. The $260 is currently the lowest price I've even seen for those cards.
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February 25, 2011 1:53:10 PM

I agree with 4745454b. 6950s scale way better than 5870s.
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February 25, 2011 2:11:34 PM

I would get two 6870's for the great price of 400$ I think that they are a great bargain right now. Also they are the most stable crossfire cards right now.
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a c 175 U Graphics card
February 25, 2011 3:19:18 PM

I'm starting to wonder. Would two 5870s in CF give you six monitors? I know SLI gives you all four DVI outputs which is how they get you 3 screens, but does the same work in CF? I'd still get the 6950s myself, though having to buy DP monitors is going to up the total cost again. Just wondering if anyone has a link for my own education.
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