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$800 Video Card Budget

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Processor: i5 2500k
Would the GTX 590 be the best solution for performance or a multi-card setup?
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  1. what monitor resolution and PSU you got?
  2. scorpinot said:
    Use: Gaming
    Processor: i5 2500k
    Would the GTX 590 be the best solution for performance or a multi-card setup?

    I have 2 EVGA 590's and they don't overclock really high.I also had to download MSI Afterburner because EVGA Precision thingy does not have a voltage tweaker.My cards run smooth but for the money,the performance is not superb.Of coarse with more driver releases the performance will be better.I myself, do not overclock a whole lot so this card suits me well.I just ordered a 27 inch Acer 3d monitor(just came out)If the set-up performs well,I will get 2 more 27's.What kind of display are you using?If you have anything under 23 inches,upgrade.
  3. You're better off with two GTX 580s or two 6970s. Either solution is faster than a single GTX 590 or Radeon 6990, so the only reason to get a GTX 590 is if you are going to get two of them for a quad-SLI setup. Of course, that's not even taking into account the massive power draw and exploding GTX 590s.
  4. for 800usd budget nothing can come close to 6950trifire (moded to 6970)
    gtx590isnt a great card due to its limited overclocking potential and its made
    for fanbois.. 6990is a bit better interms of performance but loud.

    look at anandtechs trifire vs trisli article where AMD beats NVIDIA

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/4254/triplegpu-performance-multigpu-scaling-part1
  5. Also if you are considering a single card i would recommend 6990 over gtx590
    mainly for the VRM issue (low quality vrms) which caused alot of cards to
    blow up.. Around 800-850usd you can get a 6990and EK waterblock where
    you push the gpu over 1gz!!

    check this thread. Tomshardware forums isnot the ideal place to discuss high end stuff
    http://www.overclock.net/ati/968084-amd-radeon-6990-club.html
  6. for best single card you should go is 6990, SLI and CF usually have issues and mostly aren't supported, but imo all three 580/6990/590 are not worth the money, go for 560 SOC/6950/6970/570, but if you'll want to CF in the future go with 6950/6970 they scale really well and 6950s beat 570s/ 6970s beat 580s..., but if you don't want and will never use CF/SLI then imo you should get 6990 or 580, 6990 is a lot better as a single card, but is very noisy, 590 is not worth it *at least now*, cause there are a lot of issues with 'em like latest drivers keep the core clock down and they blow up on stock...

    so my conclusion: if you want a cheaper card then go for 6950/6970/560SOC/570, if you want CF/SLI go for 6950/6970, if you want a very strong single card go for 6990/580

    @whemian, why isn't Tomshardware the ideal place to discuss high end stuff?
  7. shrkbay, did you know 6990 and gtx590 are doing exactly what you say is mostly not supported, Xfire or Sli, that is how both of those cards work, they are bridged by SLI or Crossfire onboard, hence allowing 4way Xfire or Quad SLI by having 2 of them!

    On topic... Two options are good, 6990 with waterblock if you have WC cooling or tri 6970 if you have Mobo that will support, both are quite exotic for the budget!
  8. Derbixrace said:
    what monitor resolution and PSU you got?


    23.5 inch monitor at a 1920 x 1080 resolution. PSU is 950 watts.
  9. Just get a single GTX580 and be done with it. At that resolution you can max out any game anyway. Less to mess with and you can overclock it if you need to. I have a 580 and messed around with overclocking it, but it runs everything at stock I throw at it. I stay away from dual GPU cards, have never had good experiences with them. SLI and CF have come a long way, but you still have to deal with 2 cards and sometimes the AMD drivers are funny with CF.
  10. Buying two HD 6950 2GB cards, then using the BIOS flash to essentially turn them into 6970's is the best value in performance GPU setups right now by miles and miles. This is also more graphics muscle than you could possibly use at your current resolution. Check out performance charts for either 6950 crossfire or 6970 crossfire (if you BIOS flash) at 1920x1080. There just aren't enough pixels to warrant spending $800 on graphics cards at any resolution until you get to 2560x1600 or go multiple monitor solution.

    I'd recommend buying this setup - will run you roughly $500 but will give you performance equal to a $660 pair of 6970's. You will have $300 left over and you can start looking at a larger monitor (I have a 1920x1200 and I strongly prefer it to 1920x1080). You can get a great 27" monitor for not much more than that. Will make a huge difference in your gaming experience (either sell your current monitor or use it as a 2nd screen for non-game stuff)!
  11. beltzy said:
    Buying two HD 6950 2GB cards, then using the BIOS flash to essentially turn them into 6970's is the best value in performance GPU setups right now by miles and miles. This is also more graphics muscle than you could possibly use at your current resolution. Check out performance charts for either 6950 crossfire or 6970 crossfire (if you BIOS flash) at 1920x1080. There just aren't enough pixels to warrant spending $800 on graphics cards at any resolution until you get to 2560x1600 or go multiple monitor solution.

    I'd recommend buying this setup - will run you roughly $500 but will give you performance equal to a $660 pair of 6970's. You will have $300 left over and you can start looking at a larger monitor (I have a 1920x1200 and I strongly prefer it to 1920x1080). You can get a great 27" monitor for not much more than that. Will make a huge difference in your gaming experience (either sell your current monitor or use it as a 2nd screen for non-game stuff)!


    Two 6950s with this guy:
    ASUS VE276Q 27"

    Is there a 27" monitor with 120hz refresh rate yet :o?
  12. Best answer
    i would suggest 6950 2gb in CF, they scale extremely well and are the best bang for buck in that price category.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161355&cm_re=6950-_-14-161-355-_-Product

    254.99 per card and 234.99 after rebate, they can even unlock into 6970s if you are into that.

    EDIT: forgot to say that you will max out anything with full AA/AF if you go this route^^
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