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Choosing which gtx590/6990 model to buy

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a b U Graphics card
September 16, 2011 2:08:48 PM

hi my company is allowing me a free purchase of any graphics card currently out there to allow me to render faster.

although im pretty happy with current render times i decided to go for a gtx 590/6990 and keep it for my gaming PC ;)  if its too powerful for my liking or too noisy ill just sell it on ebay ;) 

anyways my current PSU (also bought off my company) is this Antec 1200W trupower PSU:
http://www.ebuyer.com/168530-antec-truepower-quattro-12...

although i have been using a lower wattage PSU until now to avoid wasting energy.

here are my choices:
power coulor 6990:
http://www.ebuyer.com/260390-powercolor-hd-6990-4gb-gdd...

Best value 6990:
http://www.dabs.com/products/best-value-vtx3d-ati-radeo...

sapphire 6990:
http://www.dabs.com/products/sapphire-technology-ati-ra...

zotac gtx590:
http://www.dabs.com/products/zotac-geforce-gtx-590-607m...

asus gtx590:
http://www.dabs.com/products/asus-geforce-gtx-590-612mh...

gainward gtx 590:
http://www.dabs.com/products/gainward-geforce-gtx-590-6...

gigabyte gtx 590:
http://www.dabs.com/products/gigabyte-geforce-gtx-590-6...


remember i p-lan on SLIing two of these card, although i will definetely be selling the second card off straight off because i really dont need that kind of power!

my current setup:
i5-2500K (OCed to 4.8Ghz with arctic freezer pro 13 co cooler)
a Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD4 mobo
4gb 1600Mhz ram
an antec DF-30 case
windows 7 64bit
i think thats most of it!
oh and my current graphics card setup is SLI gts 450s (performance is ok i geuss but lacking in some games)

i am currently gaming on 2 1080p monitors but am likely to go to two 32" 1600p monitors (on the company too).

thanks looking foward to your advice!
a b U Graphics card
September 16, 2011 2:29:56 PM

first off i should mention that power supplies waste the least power when they are running at about 50% max load. above 50% is still pretty effecient. but under 25% they always do very bad.

why game on two monitors? puts your crosshair/character split between screens. 3 is the way to go. and with that in mind the radeon is the way to go. need two nvidia cards to do triple monitor gaming. but i also perfer the 6990s performance to the 590.

for which card is the best its really down to warranties and reviews for me. i would rather have zero problems than 1% more performance. and i really dont like spending 10 hours on the phone for an rma number.
a b U Graphics card
September 17, 2011 8:47:33 AM

it would have to be beetween 2 1600 monitors or 3 1080p monitors which one would you choose? (32" 1600 x 2 vs 27" 1080p x 3)

so what PSU should i be using?
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September 17, 2011 11:34:57 AM

Last I checked all the 6990 cards so far have the exact same specs so that won't matter much. (I'm using a sapphire one)

a 750W PSU SHOULD be enough but you might want to add another card in the future so I really don't see a reason to not use your 1200w o.o

And imo, I would have gone for 3x 1080p instead of 2x 1600 :p  just my opinion.
September 17, 2011 12:02:17 PM

Recommended specs for the 6990:

750w for a single 6990.
1000w for crossfire.
1200w for crossfire for optimal performance.

Can't wait to get my 6990 soon :) 
a b U Graphics card
September 17, 2011 9:54:37 PM

sop the general consensus is the 6990, ive heard that the 6990 is loud though any truth to that? (and apparantly runs hotter).

[EDIT]: vs the gtx 590 that is.
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