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Old October 11, 2010, 01:43 PM
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I want to upgrade from my 5850 to a more powerful card. Would single GPU solution GTX480 be better than Dual GPU solution 5970. I know on paper 5970 should be faster, but then i heard lots of reports of crossfire driver problem from ATI. Anyone ever used both and can give me some feedback?
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Old October 11, 2010, 01:55 PM
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The answer is as simple as reading a good review. The GTX480 is a great folder, so if you run F@H, that is the card to get. Otherwise read some reviews to see which card runs the games you play the best.

Be aware that the Radeon 6000 series is set to be launched next week. You may want to hold on to see what new cards are launched, and what other cards will be launched in the near future.
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I would definitely wait it out over the next month and see what's released. I imagine the newest single GPU flagship card from ATI will top a 480, I doubt it will by much though. Either way, prices should go down a bit for us consumers.

If you want to pick right now, buy a 5970 used on the forums for ~550.
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What resolution are you gaming at right now and which games can't you max? I think the 5970 is especially overpriced right now, 480 is not too far off either. New high end cards (69XX/GTX 580) are coming soon, I say sit tight for now and then make your decision then.
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yep wait in november, amd and nvidia will launch their new top single gpu
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Old October 30, 2010, 08:48 PM
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GTX 580 in November

If you need a Card now the 480's can be found for $479...BUT with he launch of the 580's expect to see some great deals on "sightly used" 480's for around $350 (hint hint)......
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Old October 30, 2010, 08:52 PM
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Of course the 5970 will get better frame rate in almost every game out there, but with the shitty driver support experiences that I am getting with mine at the moment, I wouldn't recommend the 5970 to ANYONE until ATI gets this straightened out.
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I'm running two 5870's in Crossfire and they've been absolutely great. I did find one minor bug in Battlefield Bad Company when it was first released, but it was fixed with a driver update. If you can hold out I'd definetly wait to see what AMD and NV have in store for this month. ATI's high end cards will be launched near the end of th month with immediate availability. NV will be "launching" the GTX580 on 11/8 with expected evailability in early 2011. At least the early reviews will give you an idea of what to expect.
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I"m going to say wait as well.
One thing though from what I've heard/seen/experienced is that the 5970's have a much higher than normal failure rate (a lot of RMA's and such) and that factor alone will deter me over anything else.

THat being said, a Pair of 5870's would be perfect if you wanted , without the worry of one card with twin GPU's on it.

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