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Old November 9, 2010, 07:06 AM
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Gimme! Price is right with the PP! Going to sell my 480 SC's if anyone is interested.

Sky you did an EXCELLENT review! Well done.
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Old November 9, 2010, 07:09 AM
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Sweet card. I'm surprised it took this long to implement vapour chamber technology. My only disappointment is the price! Ack...the market is just too saturated with cards that they can't do any price drops...just add to the price line...
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Thanks for the great review, very informative.
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Old November 9, 2010, 07:23 AM
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Would be interesting to see what a theoretical GTX560 would do (assuming it follows in the foot steps of the well regarded GTX460 that is.)
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Old November 9, 2010, 07:25 AM
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The only bad thing to say is this is the card that should have been released at the start of the year, not 9 months later. Kind of feel sorry for the people that outlayed 5 bills for the 480 which was just a flawed rushed mess. Margins are still pretty slim on this, those huge dies are not cheap to produce.
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Old November 9, 2010, 08:00 AM
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I don't know about anyone else but I don't understand the rational of why someone would buy a gtx 580 for so much money or even a 5970 when in fact ... 2 x hd 6870's or 2 x 460 ftw will outperm form either of them for considerably less money !

I purchased my Hd 6870 for $ 239 adding a second will bring me to $472, and Id rather take $100+ savings and put it towards my Rig while not feeling like a just got taken for a ride.
Let be honest , 6 months for now this won't matter as the New GPU's will be more advanced and faster.
For now and for a long time to come though I cant see anything out there that 2 6870's or 2 460's ftw would have a problem with playing at High frame rates.

Oh and yes , i forgot.... Great Article sky , very nicely done.
Just not worth it.

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I don't know about anyone else but I don't understand the rational of why someone would buy a gtx 580 for so much money or even a 5970 when in fact ... 2 x hd 6870's or 2 x 460 ftw will outperm form either of them for considerably less money !

I purchased my Hd 6870 for $ 239 adding a second will bring me to $472, and Id rather take $100+ savings and put it towards my Rig while not feeling like a just got taken for a ride.
Let be honest , 6 months for now this won't matter as the New GPU's will be more advanced and faster.
For now and for a long time to come though I cant see anything out there that 2 6870's or 2 460's ftw would have a problem with playing at High frame rates.
Don't forget, despite the recent advances, multi-card still isn't perfect - you're still more driver dependant (especially in the latest games that are more likely to actually need it), and not all game aspects lend themselves to being split across two cards. And even aside from those generalizations, some of us have been personally burned on multi-gpu in the past, and we'd just as soon avoid the chance of hassle.
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Old November 9, 2010, 08:23 AM
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Excellent review SKYMTL.

Can't wait for the overclocking review that'll probably show up later.
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Could you clarify how the power efficiency vs temp test was done? It sounds like you ran the same F@H WU over and over at different fan speeds, but the 70% fan comment makes it sound like something else.
Stock fan speeds except the GTX 480 needed to have its fan increased for ONLY SOME of the lower temperature tests.
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Paper launch? I'm not seeing any actually available for purchase.
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