SLI 570 vs Crossfire HD6970 on SB 2600K+ASUS P8P67 Deluxe
As it's the kind of setup I'm interested-in I figure I'm not the only one!
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^^ So what exactly are you after? I don't think either arrangement would be the wrong choice.....
Now that nVidia's thermals are kept in check again, I'm confident that a GTX570 setup would be fine. It's cheaper than 6970's too. I want lifetime, so EVGA would be my first choice...
Get two 6950's and flash the bios to 6970's. You will save money and get a wooping 4gb of total ram:) Plus AMD's cards look sexier but thats just my opinion. cheers
no way id get a 6970 when as per above chances are,still, good :)
I agree with Dan.
6970 is absolutely not worth the money right now.
with such a high chance to flash the 6950, you'd get equal performance...
then again, much like you I like nvidia products.
are there other factors other than performance that you might be looking at?
do you care for aesthetics at all?
Tough choice... in earnest I don't really think you can go wrong at all in either case. :)
Best of luck to you in your decision.
Ultimately you always have to make the decision yourself......make it...go with it...and have fun!!!
Yes I'm fond on trying the HD6950 unlock...saving a bit of cash along the way...
Delvan, I notice that you already have a 5870. That card is still an excellent card man. And the 5870 1 gig out performs the 6950 2 gig. Don't know why you wouldn't pick up another one and crossfire it. Since you already have one. The 69XX series isn't a big leap from the 58XX series cards. I was going to get rid of the 5850 I have and pick up a 6950 as well. But after further querries and more net searching. it's not worth it. Look at the benchies TomsHardware has. the 5870 is on par with the 6950 2 gigs.
ern88, you have really good points.
The thing is: IMHO, the SCALING is better with HD6***-series than with the HD5800-series.
It seems that AMD got their "crossfire act" together only with the HD6*** cards...
So you get two 6950 and that setup "rapes" a GTX580, imagine if you manage to unlock both 6950s to turn them both into 6970s...even better...
Also, the price of a new HD5870 is still high...it would be kinda bad to pay $250 to $300 for a card that it's outdated...I'll keep my eyes open...I'd go XFX again, for the warranty...I don't like the crappy look of the non-reference XFX cards really AND their failure rate seems higher (and made with cheaper components)...I was looking into the Vapor-X (expensive) and apparently doesn't like Crossfire (rumor maybe), the ASUS V2 is also too expensive... (those 2 cards ,vaporX and ASUS V2 are selling for the price of a 6970...lol)
Another thing with the 5870...minimum FPS sucked sometimes...some pretty bad dips at times in BC2 (at 1680 X 1050)...Again, FPS-wize, it seems that AMD got their act together...better minimum FPS, better tesselation performance...
IT'S WEIRD that the BC2 benchies don't show those crappy min FPSes, but that has been noticed by a lot of owners/users...
Don't get me wrong, I love that 5870 reference...looking good, running cool (65 degrees celsius in games).
I'm sure that a lot of people would like to grab it:whistle:
But my fear is: When I'll grab a 1080p or 1920 X 1200 monitor, I'll get more of those dips in BC2, and probably in upcoming BF3 or any other upcoming...
so if I buy, I'd like to buy 2 cards of the same model, same brand...
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