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Old March 21, 2010, 05:05 PM
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Default GPU decison 2xsli or 1 ATI card

Sorry if this particular topic has been beat to death but i am trying to help a friend out in a decision which is keeping him up at night (and at times me aswell!!!)

He is looking for a new GPU and is debating between these cards in SLI and this card on its own.

He would buy 2 of these to run on his board
XFX GeForce GTX 285 648MHZ 1GB 2.48GHZ GDDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDCP Video Card - DirectCanada

or buy 1 one these

NCIX.com - Buy XFX Radeon HD 5970 Black Edition 725MHZ 2GB 4GHZ GDRR5 2XDVI Display Port PCI-E Video Card - HD597ACNB9 In Canada.


he is running the Intel E8400 overclocked to 4ghz on a EVGA 780i motherboard. We were worried about chocking the GPU with that particular cpu.


just wanted your opinons on these particular cards. Either way hes buying something!!!


thankyou..

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Old March 21, 2010, 05:31 PM
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The 5970 because it is brand spanking new :)

But you should wait till Fermi comes out before you make you decision....
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Old March 21, 2010, 05:32 PM
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always get single card if you can.. they tend to work better, draw less power, less heat, etc.

and your cpu will be fine for that.
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Old March 21, 2010, 05:57 PM
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Wait until Friday to see what the green goblin spits out. It'll probably be accompanied by an ATI price drop, so it's a win-win scenario.

And why GTX 285's? You're sitting in striking distance of 5870's there...
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Wait until Friday to see what the green goblin spits out. It'll probably be accompanied by an ATI price drop, so it's a win-win scenario.

And why GTX 285's? You're sitting in striking distance of 5870's there...

wow lots of replies all ready, great... can you run ATI in crossfire configuration on a sli ready motherboard? I didnt think you could, and we were trying to compare the 2 gtx 285's total price to the ati cards price. I take it though, the 300 series is not too far off the horizon?? Everything is air cooled in the computer and we do like the idea of 1 card , less power, less heat, etc etc...


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400 series it is. and it is soon. it would be advised to wait to see how pricing pans out.

and no, no crossfire on an sli board.
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I too would suggest waiting until the end of the week though when NV will hopefully hard launch the GTX480/470.
I wouldn't hold my breath on too significant a price cut on ATI's side though unless NV massively undercuts their equivalent performance SKUs.
That isn't likely though since Fermi is supposed be bigger/has more of everything vs. Cypress.
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Old March 21, 2010, 06:50 PM
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Sorry, didn't see you specified a motherboard. Disregard 5870s.

I'd still wait and see how it all pans out. I agree that a huge price drop would be unlikely, however any money saved is better in your pocket than theirs. Besides, we don't really know anything about the GTX 480/470 performance wise, and maybe one/two of those would suit your needs better. I could see the GTX 470 being about the same price as the 5870 (maybe less), but performing better than the GTX 285.

That's all GPU wise though, I'm 99% sure that that CPU would bottleneck any Crossfire/SLI configuration.

EDIT: My Bottleneck Bible tells me:


Credit for the graph and article goes to Paul Henningsen.

The GTX 295 has a 4 FPS average Bottleneck in all the tests Tom's ran, but that's at stock. The OC may make up for it.

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