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a b U Graphics card
August 4, 2011 6:23:59 PM

I'm in the process of building a new pc, a few of these comments aren't ideal for the GPU section, but I find we're the best at jack of all trades ;) 
First off a background of my pc, struggling over the 2500k vs 2600k. I see everyone suggests the 2500k, does nobody think that 2mb of l3 cache will bite them in the bite later on? just curious.

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For value I can't justify buying 2x 6970's over 2x 6950's for the price point to crossfire performance. Does any body have any none synthetic tests for these and or first hand usage?

I feel the 560ti is inferior to both of those cards, however the 570 is a very well rounded card. I'm having difficulty finding a good 6970 crossfire bench vs 570 sli.

should I just stick with the 6950's? money isn't REALLY an issue, but everyone likes saving $100 every now and then.

Also will pcie x8 throttle my cards? should I stick it to the x16

any advice opinions links or benchmarks will be appreciated

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a c 214 U Graphics card
August 4, 2011 6:33:05 PM

Really I think the 6950 crossfire is plenty and no one really needs more.With either a 2500k or 2600k you should be well over the 60's in every game with a 6950 crossfire so why would you need more?I can't justify spending the extra money for the 6970 crossfire.

As for the CPU, unless your doing heavy multi threaded stuff then theirs no reason you should go with the 2600k.In gaming the 2500k and 2600k perform almost exactly the same.

Here's the only benchmark I have found for the GTX570 SLI bs the 6970 crossfire

http://www.tested.com/news/radeon-6990-vs-radeon-6970-c...

x8 slots are perfectly fine even for such high performance cards.

Here's a benchmark/review of how x16/x8/x4 slots impact performance

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/pci-express-scaling...


My suggestion is get the 6950 crossfire and the 2500k.
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a b U Graphics card
August 4, 2011 6:44:57 PM

purple stank said:
Really I think the 6950 crossfire is plenty and no one really needs more.With either a 2500k or 2600k you should be well over the 60's in every game with a 6950 crossfire so why would you need more?I can't justify spending the extra money for the 6970 crossfire.

As for the CPU, unless your doing heavy multi threaded stuff then theirs no reason you should go with the 2600k.In gaming the 2500k and 2600k perform almost exactly the same.

Here's the only benchmark I have found for the GTX570 SLI bs the 6970 crossfire

http://www.tested.com/news/radeon-6990-vs-radeon-6970-c...

x8 slots are perfectly fine even for such high performance cards.

Here's a benchmark/review of how x16/x8/x4 slots impact performance

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/pci-express-scaling...


My suggestion is get the 6950 crossfire and the 2500k.


Thank you for the links and information, I actually favourited that x16,x8 etc link lol. Making the 2500k and 6950's choice also pretty much pays for the case... Thanks for your input :) 
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a c 214 U Graphics card
August 4, 2011 6:46:58 PM

I'm still trying to find the 2500k vs 2600k review.

Are you going to be using this PC for just gaming?Or do you think you would need the extra threads that the i7 offers?
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a b U Graphics card
August 4, 2011 7:01:34 PM

purple stank said:
I'm still trying to find the 2500k vs 2600k review.

Are you going to be using this PC for just gaming?Or do you think you would need the extra threads that the i7 offers?

Basically just an enthusiast. Everything needs to be blistering fast. 2x sata3 ssd's in raid-0 prolly OC the 2500k by a swift amount. the 6950 are yes for gaming, even though the only game I really have time for right now I could run on an 8600 lol

I do small amounts of video editing, some hptoshop, a bit of rendering. Basically just heavy usage on a pc
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a b U Graphics card
August 4, 2011 7:01:43 PM

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a c 271 U Graphics card
August 4, 2011 7:04:04 PM

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