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Which setup is better

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Last response: in Graphics & Displays
September 25, 2011 2:55:49 AM

Hey, I would like to know which of these three options provides the best performance disregarding cost, size, and other factors.

1. Dual 1.5GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 580- SLI Enabled
2. Dual 2GB ATI Radeon™ HD 6950 - ATI CrossFireX™ Enabled
3. Tri-CrossFireX 2GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon™ HD 6950

Also, if option 3 is the best, is the extra performance worth the loss of a PCIe slot?

Any help would be appreciated.

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September 25, 2011 3:42:18 AM

Just curious, why is option #2 there? Why would 2x 6950 be faster than 3x 6950...? It comes down to between #1 and #3 (which I cannot answer).

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a b U Graphics card
September 25, 2011 4:06:08 AM

Depends on your screen size.

If you're using a triple monitor setup, go for three cards (it's recommended).

If it's one large screen, or one full HD or smaller screen, go for the 2 580's. No point of three here, except that they'll be much less micro-stuttering on a Crossfire setup. High end SLI configs have less stuttering than their corresponding xfire setups.

Check out the GPU charts on tom's, read that micro-stuttering article and check out SLI and Xfire scaling as well.
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September 25, 2011 4:33:11 AM

Best answer selected by Sheogorath.
September 25, 2011 4:34:49 AM

Guys I specifically stated to ignore other factors such as budget, I simply wanted to know which would be better, just so I could know. Thanks anyways guys.
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September 25, 2011 10:10:00 AM

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