HD 6950 vs. GTX 460 SLI

I'm building a new rig, primarily for Skyrim (also some BF3). Given the option, do I go with:

GIGABYTE GV-R695OC-1GD Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ($250-$20 rebate=$230)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125385

OR

MSI N460GTX Hawk GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card x2 ($320-$35 rebate x2=$250)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127518

Should I be concerned about micro-stuttering or using outdated hardware with the 460's in SLI? What will give me better performance? And if someone has a better suggestion, please share. I am open to anything as long as it is not too expensive and gives me great performance. Thanks a ton.

-Charlie
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  1. something like micro stuttering is to be expected with any multi gpu setup. 2 GTX460 will equal if not exceed 1 GTX580 performance. honestly personally i would choose 2 GTX460 over 1 6950 if i can get it the pair for 250 :P. the choice is yours. if you don't like to deal with multi gpu complexity then go for single 6950
  2. Keep in mind the "rebate" on the MSI Hawk card is actual a card gift card of some sort usable only on newegg. Also it is limited to one per person/household so you would have to use a different account/address/ect. for each card to get around that.

    "Limit One (1) rebate per qualifying rebate offer, per person, billing address, company, household and receipt/invoice/packing slip during the eligibility period, except were prohibited by law."
  3. jyjjy said:
    Keep in mind the "rebate" on the MSI Hawk card is actual a card gift card of some sort usable only on newegg. Also it is limited to one per person/household so you would have to use a different account/address/ect. for each card to get around that.

    "Limit One (1) rebate per qualifying rebate offer, per person, billing address, company, household and receipt/invoice/packing slip during the eligibility period, except were prohibited by law."

    Thanks for pointing that out, I hadn't noticed that.
    Then if we eliminate the rebates, though, and I'm willing to spend $300, should I go with the 460's for $300 or the 6950 for $250?
  4. What cpu are you getting?
  5. gnomio said:
    What cpu are you getting?

    i5-2500K, will probably OC it
  6. renz496 said:
    something like micro stuttering is to be expected with any multi gpu setup. 2 GTX460 will equal if not exceed 1 GTX580 performance. honestly personally i would choose 2 GTX460 over 1 6950 if i can get it the pair for 250 :P. the choice is yours. if you don't like to deal with multi gpu complexity then go for single 6950

    This is my first build, and I've never actually experienced micro-stuttering first hand. I get the feeling it's pretty bad, but maybe I'm wrong? It seems like the risk is high, and it would be extremely bothersome. Really, though, I have no idea.
    When you say "it's to be expected" does that mean I will almost surely experience it? And if so, then why do you prefer the 2 460's over the 1 6950?
  7. its not about micro stuttering only the are still few others that lead some people choose single card setup over CF/SLI. for example heat and power. to power multi gpu system you're going to make sure your power supply have enough power to power both card in your system. since you have two card in your system that's mean extra heat as well. this article should help you a bit about understanding CF/SLI issues on the software side:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-geforce-stutter-crossfire,2995.html

    but i know some people like to go for CF/SLI on the go. multi gpu does have its complexity but if you willing to deal with it, CF/SLI will give the user great performance in games assuming the setup working as it intended. for people that play on multi monitor setup CF/SLI is a must if they want to play the games without sacrificing the image quality.

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    And if so, then why do you prefer the 2 460's over the 1 6950


    simply because of performance advantage. i never have multi gpu setup before but honestly i'm willing to try to have one but i can't do that right now since i don't have the cash :na: . that's why i said i personally prefer 2 GTX460 over 1 6950 :p
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