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Old September 20, 2010, 08:52 AM
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Default Looking to replace Tri-SLI GTX280 setup need advice.

I currently have 3x GTX280 in SLI. I am in the process upgrading my CPU,MOBO,RAM...Now I am also looking at video cards. I am realy not sure if I should go ATI or Nvidia. I was thinking 5870 crossfire or 5970 crossfire or the GTX480's I am realy not sure. Any imput would be welcome ! Current setup in sig.
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Old September 20, 2010, 09:58 AM
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hey franky. wait wait wait. stuffs coming out. probably, dont expect a single card solution in the 300 dollar range to top your tri sli'd 280's but still :)
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Old September 20, 2010, 10:37 AM
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I recently put "Procyon" (my Primary Rig) through a Mid Life Refit......was running Tri Sli 280's on an OC'd 920.....if you want "dramatic gains" from your Tri Sli 280's try out Sli (2x) 480's.....these will pump up all of your previous Benches and gameplay FPS....at this point Tri Sli 480's isn't really worth it.....
2 x 5870's won't produce the same results..slower indeed and not a huge improvement over Tri Sli 280's, other than DX11
2 x 5970's ....Quad Crossfire...more expensive than 2 x 480's and the gains over the 480's are minimal.....not sure about Catalyst Drivers and Quad Crossfire...headaches??

I take it "budget" and "bang for buck" or "power consumption" aren't an issue seeing as you were running Tri Sli previously....

The decision really is in line with your expectations......I would expect you want "gains"over your 280's..?
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Sli 480's 920 @ 4.2 Ghz = P41.5K Vantage
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Old September 20, 2010, 11:59 AM
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I had 2 5970s in xfire and was unimpressed with the results. I have only 1 480 atm but would like to go sli. The issue 4 me is the board doesn't have the extra power plug for the pci-e, so the 24 pin setup might melt, as per other members. Consider the 480s, (2 of them), but be mindful of your board's capabilities!
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Old September 20, 2010, 12:33 PM
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I was looking to get an AMD system this time around so I was kind of leaning towards the ATI cards. They all seem to perform close to each other in benchmarks.
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Well it doesn't matter if you are on AMD or Intel for your GPU. If you want ATI go with 3 5870's at the minimum because 2 5870's you wont see an improvement except for some titles. If you go with Nvidia go with 2 480's but I warn you if you do not have enough airflow then they will run hot.

You could also just wait for boxing day and get all the good deals. Thats when I like to buy the bulk of my computer purchases. Can save hundreds of dollars on that day(Well I don't save anything cause I just move up a tier....).
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Well it doesn't matter if you are on AMD or Intel for your GPU. If you want ATI go with 3 5870's at the minimum because 2 5870's you wont see an improvement except for some titles. If you go with Nvidia go with 2 480's but I warn you if you do not have enough airflow then they will run hot.

You could also just wait for boxing day and get all the good deals. Thats when I like to buy the bulk of my computer purchases. Can save hundreds of dollars on that day(Well I don't save anything cause I just move up a tier....).
The past couple years the boxing day sales haven't been that great in my opinion.
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I don't think crossfired hd 5970s are that great, though have only seen a few reviews of it . Crossfire 5870 will beat a 5970. Trifire (or whatever you want to call it) HD 5870 is faster than 2 x hd 5970 in most games in the reviews I did read. SLI 480 does win against either ATI setup (except 3 x 5870), but it does cost more and also sucks back a bunch more power that mostly goes into your case as heat. Making a big purchase like you are looking at, I would likely wait it out a few more months to see what the hd 6xxx series is going to offer (I don't expect huge boosts, but 5xxx cards may take a drop in prices and your current setup doesn't seem to be lacking to the point you would have to buy now).
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actually 3 5870's is close to two 480's since one 480 is around 5980 power sucking levels
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actually 3 5870's is close to two 480's since one 480 is around 5980 power sucking levels
Dan...the 480 certainly doesn't "suck" the power..it utilizes it to produce lightening fast high Res images that can be matched by none....hahahahahahahahha...just kidding, BUT, thats what ST 1.5 and AX 1.2kW PSU are for ;)
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