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Old May 20, 2011, 11:01 AM
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Default Video cards died. Looking for input on new ones.

So my GTX280's have finally kicked the bucket. They're throwing BSOD's now every 30-40 minutes so it's time I sent them to a better place.

I'm looking at going reasonably high end again, so either a pair of GTX580's or 6970's. My main concern really is the price difference. For the a little more then the price of a 580 you can get two 6970's. I've had some issues with ATI's drivers in the past and I'm hesitant to go back to them. I guess it boils down to is a pair of 580's worth the extra money.

My current hardware is:
i7 920 @4gHz
EVGA x58 Classified
Corsair HX1000
6GB Corsair RAM

I also run a surround setup with a corrected resolution of 35261920. Any opinions/thoughts are welcome.
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Old May 20, 2011, 11:15 AM
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Since you're running multiple displays, I'd lean toward the GPU with more VRAM. The 6970's have 2GB, but there is a 3GB version of the GTX580 if you wanted to stick with nVidia. :)
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Old May 20, 2011, 11:24 AM
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My big concern is dropping the the five hundred and fifty dollars for the 3GB edition of the 580, versus the 2GB 6970 for three hundred and fifty.
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Old May 20, 2011, 11:50 AM
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Yeah...the 3GB GTX580 is quite expensive. TBH, I'd just get Xfired 6970's since they are going to be better performance for your money and should handle your display res OK. Another perk I've heard is that Xfire scaling is better than SLI, atm.

I know you mention you've had some issues with AMD drivers in the past...I had an HD5870 previously. There were a few drivers that had some issues - the 100% GPU usage bug was the only issue that annoyed me, but AFAIK, that is now fixed. In my personal experience, I think the drivers were overall quite good - certainly more good drivers sets than bad ones. IMO, I don't think the drivers will be a deal-breaker if you go AMD.
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Old May 20, 2011, 12:18 PM
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nah, dual 6950's maite. 2 gigers of course.


now,for the reading :

AMD CrossFireX and Nvidia SLI Scalability by Radeon HD 6970 and GeForce GTX 570 - X-bit labs

AMD Radeon HD 6950 & 6970 CrossFire Video Card Reviews - Metro 2033 - Legit Reviews

AMD Radeon HD 6950 1GB Video Card in CrossFire :: TweakTown USA Edition

ASUS Radeon HD 6950 CrossFire Review - Page 1/23 | techPowerUp

btw dont you have warranty on em?

either way, amd cards scale like mad.


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forgot this one very important linkie :

XFX Radeon 6970 and Radeon 6950 Graphics Card Review - CrossFire / Eyefinity vs SLI

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I'd go for the 6970 or 2 unlocked 6950's if you can find someone selling them. You can pick up 2 unlocked 6950's for the price of one gtx 580... Think about the possibilities. You could upgrade to SB or BD when it finally comes out with the money you save.
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wasnt there one or two folks selling unlocked 6950's?

right here in the bst.

wether in one or two gig versions, one of the better cards amd came out in a while. well ati.
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Old May 20, 2011, 08:27 PM
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Have you tried baking your 280s? Sounds insane I know, but it works on the most typical reason for an electronic assembly to fail, the heat-cycle-induced microfracturing of solder joints.
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Since you're running at a pretty high resolution I would suggest getting a pair of HD6950 2GB and unlock the extra shaders to match HD6970's or just an off the shelf HD6970 pair.
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