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CrossFire 6870 or Get 1 GTX 560ti

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Crossfire 6870 or Get 1 560ti?

Total: 13 votes (3 blank votes)

  • One 560ti
  • 40 %
  • Crossfire 6870s
  • 60 %
June 15, 2012 12:47:01 AM

I can either get one 560ti now or 1 6870 now and another later (in a few months). What would be better? Get the 560ti or get one 6870 at a time then Crossfire them. Thanks!
a b U Graphics card
June 15, 2012 12:51:32 AM

What are you gaming at resolution? Multiple screens and budget?
a c 181 U Graphics card
June 15, 2012 1:04:11 AM

Well I like nVidia but putting two 6870's together is better then the one 560 ti. There is a problem with the two 6870's with micro stutter but I also herd there is a fix but I can't remember what it was.

So here is a bench mark for the two cards I hope this helps and Good luck to you.

6870 CrossFire vs 560 Ti
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/301?vs=330
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June 15, 2012 1:04:19 AM

ohyouknow said:
What are you gaming at resolution? Multiple screens and budget?

1920x1080 On 1 Screen
a b U Graphics card
June 15, 2012 1:15:39 AM

Just get a 560 TI, 6870 xfire is faster but keep in mind if you keep 1 card...

You don't have microstutter, tremendous heat, fewer issues with new game releases, not limited to fullscreen mode.

What's the rest of your build's specs?
a c 181 U Graphics card
June 15, 2012 1:27:57 AM

^+1
Unless you can find the fix for the micro stutter then the 560 ti is the best and you can SLI it later or you can wait for a few weeks then look at the 660 Ti's. I guess it all depends on your budget.

Also depends on your PSU what brand and how many watts it is.
June 15, 2012 1:31:36 AM

ohyouknow said:
Just get a 560 TI, 6870 xfire is faster but keep in mind if you keep 1 card...

You don't have microstutter, tremendous heat, fewer issues with new game releases, not limited to fullscreen mode.

What's the rest of your build's specs?

Here are the specs:

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

COOLMAX CXI-600B 600W ATX12V ATX 12V v2.2 SLI Certified / CrossFire Ready and Compatible with Core i3/i5/i7 Power Supply

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B

ASRock Z75 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

I already have mouse/keyboard/speakers, hard-drive, and optical DVD thing. (I forgot what they were called, lol.)
a c 106 U Graphics card
June 15, 2012 1:34:02 AM

you have a pretty low amp psu choice. 19amps on 2 rails each, actual comined is lower than the total.
June 15, 2012 1:41:29 AM

dudewitbow said:
you have a pretty low amp psu choice. 19amps on 2 rails each, actual comined is lower than the total.

Every PSU I choose it seems that someone says it will work and then another says it won't. Someone said that since it is high end it will work fine and it specifically says "Crossfire Ready" so I am assuming you can Crossfire the 6870s. What about that 6950? It is less expensive than the 560ti but it looks good. I really want those 6870s but then again, there is no guarantee that I will get them both and even if I do get them, I will have to use the single 6870 for a while until I can get the second one.
a c 181 U Graphics card
June 15, 2012 1:46:14 AM

Taznar said:
Every PSU I choose it seems that someone says it will work and then another says it won't. Someone said that since it is high end it will work fine and it specifically says "Crossfire Ready" so I am assuming you can Crossfire the 6870s. What about that 6950? It is less expensive than the 560ti but it looks good. I really want those 6870s but then again, there is no guarantee that I will get them both and even if I do get them, I will have to use the single 6870 for a while until I can get the second one.



Also it is on the do not buy list it is on the Tier 5 which is the worst PSU I wouldn't trust that one with the cards you are lookin at. I will link it for you so you can see for your self.

http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx
a b U Graphics card
June 15, 2012 1:47:07 AM

A good starting point for choosing a PSU in general is an 80+ certification. In any case, to answer your last question a 6950 is roughly the same as the GTX 560 TI but you can pick up the 2gb version with more VRAM than a 560 TI.
a c 226 U Graphics card
June 15, 2012 1:57:46 AM

I'll give ya the numbers.....you decide

Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite, COD-MW, Bad Company 2, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Dawn of Discovery, Crysis Warhead. Total fps (summing fps in each game @ 1920 x 1200) for the various options in parenthesis (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below along with their cost in dollars per frame single card - CF or SLI:

$ 150.00 6870 (434/701) $ 0.35 - $ 0.43
$ 200.00 6950 (479/751) $ 0.42 - $ 0.53
$ 240.00 6950 Frozr OC (484/759) $ 0.50 - $ 0.63
$ 200.00 560 Ti (455/792) $ 0.44 - $ 0.51
$ 320.00 6970 (526/825) $ 0.61 - $ 0.78
$ 210.00 560 Ti - 900 Mhz (495/862) $ 0.42 - $ 0.49

For example, the 900 MHz 560 Ti costs $210, gets 495 fps @ $0.42 per frame w/ a single card, 862 fps @ $0.49 per frame in SLI

Twin 560 Ti's overclocked - 850 watts
Twin 560 Ti's - 750 watts

Twin 6870s overclocked - 650 watts
Twin 6870's - 600 watts

As for choosing which one, forget about brand names, some brands that sell great PSU's (Antec SG / CP) also sell crappy PSI's (i.e. Antec Basiq) .... 80+ certification makes you "green" but has little direct effect on PC performance.

Top Tier: Antec SG and CP series, Corsair HX series (except 1000 and 1050 watters), Seasonix X Series, XFX Black Series

2nd Tier: Antec HCP/HCG Series, Corsair TX Series, XFX Core Edition
June 15, 2012 2:18:00 AM

JackNaylorPE said:
I'll give ya the numbers.....you decide

Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite, COD-MW, Bad Company 2, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Dawn of Discovery, Crysis Warhead. Total fps (summing fps in each game @ 1920 x 1200) for the various options in parenthesis (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below along with their cost in dollars per frame single card - CF or SLI:

$ 150.00 6870 (434/701) $ 0.35 - $ 0.43
$ 200.00 6950 (479/751) $ 0.42 - $ 0.53
$ 240.00 6950 Frozr OC (484/759) $ 0.50 - $ 0.63
$ 200.00 560 Ti (455/792) $ 0.44 - $ 0.51
$ 320.00 6970 (526/825) $ 0.61 - $ 0.78
$ 210.00 560 Ti - 900 Mhz (495/862) $ 0.42 - $ 0.49

For example, the 900 MHz 560 Ti costs $210, gets 495 fps @ $0.42 per frame w/ a single card, 862 fps @ $0.49 per frame in SLI

Twin 560 Ti's overclocked - 850 watts
Twin 560 Ti's - 750 watts

Twin 6870s overclocked - 650 watts
Twin 6870's - 600 watts

As for choosing which one, forget about brand names, some brands that sell great PSU's (Antec SG / CP) also sell crappy PSI's (i.e. Antec Basiq) .... 80+ certification makes you "green" but has little direct effect on PC performance.

Top Tier: Antec SG and CP series, Corsair HX series (except 1000 and 1050 watters), Seasonix X Series, XFX Black Series

2nd Tier: Antec HCP/HCG Series, Corsair TX Series, XFX Core Edition

Is that wattage the BARE MINIMUM or is that the recommended wattage?
a c 181 U Graphics card
June 15, 2012 2:39:33 AM

Taznar said:
I decided to get this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I believe it is in the Tier 3 section and it is 50watts better than what I had for only about 10 dollars more.


I don't know I think someone made a boo boo because it is also on the Tier 2 section and that is one of the PSU's I recommend to people so good choice.
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