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Old 01-10-11, 06:10 PM   #1
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I'm completely out of touch with vid cards right now. I bought my 2x gtx260 SLI about 3 or maybe it was 2 years ago now... what single card is 2x or more faster than what I have now (gtx260 SLI). Any url with the latest cards showing a gtx260 SLI for comparison would be appreciated...

Also, when is the next expected release date for the latest nvidia cards? Any preliminary estimates on how fast it will be compared to what's out there now...

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ps. this time around I'd like to stay away from SLI and go with a single card configuration
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Old 01-11-11, 11:02 AM   #2
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nada?
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Old 01-11-11, 01:40 PM   #3
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a good place to start would be anandtech bench:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/GPU/103

generally speaking, it will mostly depend on the games you play and the resolution
Newer cards will only gain at DX10/DX11 and high res.
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Old 01-11-11, 01:55 PM   #4
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hmm Thanks... so the ATI 5970 is the current king of the hill for a single card solution? Any estimate on new product release dates?

1920 x 1200, NFS:HP, Gothic 4, Oblivion, Crysis + Clones, CODs, Mass Effects ...etc
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hmm Thanks... so the ATI 5970 is the current king of the hill for a single card solution? Any estimate on new product release dates?

1920 x 1200, NFS:HP, Gothic 4, Oblivion, Crysis + Clones, CODs, Mass Effects ...etc
You're aware that a 5970 is two GPUs in Crossfire in a package that interfaces through a single PCI-E slot?
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Just get a single 580 and be done with it.
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Old 01-11-11, 05:57 PM   #7
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You're aware that a 5970 is two GPUs in Crossfire in a package that interfaces through a single PCI-E slot?
I am but I thought Windows doesn't treat it like SLI/CF, does it? For example, do I have to create profiles specifically for games? In other words does Windows and games see the card as a single card?

I don't want to deal with unsupported dual cards in games or monkey with control panel settings to get games to see it... or have to wait for developers to create special drivers for it... I know developers will create fixes or optimization for specific cards which is high priority but I'm talking about specific drivers for dual card support...

Also, if in the future I wanted to add another 5970 I could then add another one as CF correct?

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Just get a single 580 and be done with it.
Now you're talkin... that wasn't an option for the benchmarks frenchy2k1 posted... looks like the hd5970 out performs it on Crysis at 1920x1200...

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.ph...1&limitstart=6
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Now you're talkin... that wasn't an option for the benchmarks frenchy2k1 posted... looks like the hd5970 out performs it on Crysis at 1920x1200...

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.ph...1&limitstart=6
Yes it does by 1
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Cost is about $500 for GTX580:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ription=gtx580

but I'm not really finding anything reasonable for the 5970?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ED&PageSize=20
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Well you could get a GTX 570 if you don't want to drop 500 bucks or get a 6970 as well.
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Old 01-12-11, 04:32 PM   #12
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6950 unlocks to a 6970, get that for until the next good single pcb card appears, NVidia probably.

GTX260 now makes a useful physx card apparently? with new titles, before would have been overkill so keep one if you like the physx.

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