Go Back   Hardware Canucks > HARDWARE > Video Cards

    
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old August 23, 2011, 12:06 PM
Beastylemon's Avatar
Top Prospect
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Whitby, ON
Posts: 128

My System Specs

Default Best bang-for-buck Cards?

I'm building a new comp, and I'm looking for the most bang for buck cards out there.

Right now, I'm considering GTX 560's in SLI. for $400 it towers over the GTX 580 by an average of 20fps.
These cards also scale about 90% in sli.

I am unfamiliar with any ATI cards, are there any better bang for buck SLI/Crossfire solutions?
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old August 23, 2011, 12:17 PM
Banned
F@H
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: mtl
Posts: 12,694
Default

start with a 6950 so you dont regret it this fall or be pacient :)
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old August 23, 2011, 12:29 PM
Beastylemon's Avatar
Top Prospect
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Whitby, ON
Posts: 128

My System Specs

Default

would crossfire-ing the 6950's be better?
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old August 23, 2011, 12:59 PM
Skyllz's Avatar
Allstar
F@H
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Ottawa
Posts: 777

My System Specs

Default

I've had SLI-ed 8800gts
I've had SLI-ed 260GTX
I now have a single 460GTX that I will upgrade for a 6XXGTX when they come out this autumn.

I'll never have SLi-ed cards again. Too much work, works in less then 50% of the games I normally play, required special configuration to get everything out of it.

If I translate that into fps per money spent.
I'd rather have 90% of something 100% of the time with a single 400$ card.
Then 100% of something 50% of the time with 2 X 200$ cards.
__________________
Is smoke supposed to come out of there?
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old August 23, 2011, 01:01 PM
Arinoth's Avatar
Moderator
F@H
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Halifax
Posts: 8,604

My System Specs

Default

What resolution do you plan on playing at? How are you at micro-stuttering? Do you realize that 1 560 Tis means you still only have at most 1GB of video card memory (they don't total like some people think)?
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old August 23, 2011, 01:11 PM
chrisk's Avatar
Folding Captain
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: GTA, Ontario
Posts: 7,410

My System Specs

Default

I tend to prefer a single card solution over a multi-card solution. I found my particular setup was testy at times with SLI, and my issues disappeared when I went with one card. For raw performance, yes your proposal will be pretty good but I would rather go with whatever card (ATI or nVidia) that will give you some headroom on the resolution you like to play at.
__________________
Fold for team #54196
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old August 23, 2011, 01:13 PM
Banned
F@H
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: mtl
Posts: 12,694
Default

2 6950's on high resolutions and or multi monitors give a pair of 580's a run for their money :)
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old August 23, 2011, 02:16 PM
Beastylemon's Avatar
Top Prospect
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Whitby, ON
Posts: 128

My System Specs

Default

I just made a spreadsheet comparing results i found from the guru3d benchmarks.

From these results, i think that the 6870 CF solution gets the most bang for buck out of any config

I play at 1080p resolution btw

EDIT** these prices that i got for the cards are from directcanada dot com.
The card prices are also BOTH of the asus brand.
The only place i buy from cuz they have no tax and free shipping

As you can see, the cards performance starts to become more noticeable once you get into DX11
Attached Images
 

Last edited by Beastylemon; August 23, 2011 at 02:23 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old August 23, 2011, 02:30 PM
Banned
F@H
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: mtl
Posts: 12,694
Default

nein!


anything lower than a 6950 would be fail at your resolution and demands!!!
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old August 23, 2011, 02:37 PM
Beastylemon's Avatar
Top Prospect
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Whitby, ON
Posts: 128

My System Specs

Default

Do you think that 2GB of GDDR5 is not enough for a 1080p setup?
This is my first time building a setup like this.
I used to run @ 1650*1080 with my 5770 CF, and those cards had 2GB each so i never really thought of that

The benches show 1920x1200, ill be running 1920x1080
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Best bang for the buck dante1 Video Cards 15 December 31, 2009 11:10 AM
bang for buck ssd's gingerbee Storage 5 December 7, 2009 08:54 PM
Best bang for buck? ImAPC Video Cards 5 September 18, 2009 03:31 PM
Motherboard - Best bang for the buck element291 CPU's and Motherboards 18 January 6, 2009 08:33 PM
Bang for the buck g10 New Builds 8 August 13, 2008 12:19 PM