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Which 2x Nvidia cards in SLI is equal to Radeon 6870?

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March 29, 2012 10:04:48 PM

I want to play FSX Acceleration with triple monitors with good performance. I'm thinking of buying

AMD Pentium II x4 965 3,4 GHz
ASUS M5A97
8Gb RAM at 1600 MHz
Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
Hantol PSU 800 Watt

Which Nvidia cards in SLI is equal to Radeon 6870?
What is the best to use, 1 better card or 2 cheaper in SLI/CF?


Thanks alot

(Also, feel free to suggest other components for the build. I'm thinking of Price-Performance here though..)

//Envator
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March 29, 2012 11:04:27 PM

envator said:
I want to play FSX Acceleration with triple monitors with good performance. I'm thinking of buying

AMD Pentium II x4 965 3,4 GHz
ASUS M5A97
8Gb RAM at 1600 MHz
Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
Hantol PSU 800 Watt

Which Nvidia cards in SLI is equal to Radeon 6870?
What is the best to use, 1 better card or 2 cheaper in SLI/CF?


Thanks alot

(Also, feel free to suggest other components for the build. I'm thinking of Price-Performance here though..)

//Envator


Just get the 6870. To perform similar to the 6870 by using 2 SLI'd cards is a bad idea because you introduce microstutter, bad scaling, driver issues, and you have to go with low end cards that perform terrible, especially in games that won't scale well with SLI. Get the 6870 and then you at least have an upgrade path to a second 6870. With two low end cards you end up just having to trash them when you go to upgrade.

Edit: I should just say. SLI/CF starting out is a bad idea from a value perspective. Starting out with SLI/CF will ultimately lead to wasted money when you upgrade. The only time you should go with SLI/CF out of the gate, is when you have specific needs, like gaming at 5760x1080, in which case you would want 2 top of the line GPU's to handle it.
March 29, 2012 11:10:46 PM

Um gtx 550ti sli? would work or you could just save up a bit more and get a 6950
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March 30, 2012 7:58:32 PM

omega21xx said:
Just get the 6870. To perform similar to the 6870 by using 2 SLI'd cards is a bad idea because you introduce microstutter, bad scaling, driver issues, and you have to go with low end cards that perform terrible, especially in games that won't scale well with SLI. Get the 6870 and then you at least have an upgrade path to a second 6870. With two low end cards you end up just having to trash them when you go to upgrade.

Edit: I should just say. SLI/CF starting out is a bad idea from a value perspective. Starting out with SLI/CF will ultimately lead to wasted money when you upgrade. The only time you should go with SLI/CF out of the gate, is when you have specific needs, like gaming at 5760x1080, in which case you would want 2 top of the line GPU's to handle it.


Thanks, I've decided for the Gigabyte 6870 OC, now the problem is to get a case that it fits in ;) 
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March 30, 2012 8:15:56 PM

envator said:
Thanks, I've decided for the Gigabyte 6870 OC, now the problem is to get a case that it fits in ;) 

Unless its the huge 3 fan card, most 6870's will fit fine in any mid tower case.
March 30, 2012 8:36:07 PM

omega21xx said:
Unless its the huge 3 fan card, most 6870's will fit fine in any mid tower case.


It is the huge 3 fan card.. 290 mm, 11.4 inches....
Would you recommend any other of the 6870s?
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March 30, 2012 8:52:06 PM

envator said:
It is the huge 3 fan card.. 290 mm, 11.4 inches....
Would you recommend any other of the 6870s?


Personally I like the HIS iceq 6870 as it has a very good cooler. The one you picked is fine though. Just make sure to look up case dimensions when you go looking for a case.
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