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Which setup is better

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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  1. 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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    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.
  3. Best answer selected by Sheogorath.
  4. 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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