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Old 12-19-10, 02:45 AM   #1
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Default Upgrade from 5850: which one?

I currently have a Core i5 setup with 4gb ram and a ATI 5850, running a 24" 1920x1200 monitor. Thinking about upgrading my card, which one would be best? I really think about changing to the nvidia camp for a change
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Old 12-19-10, 07:30 AM   #2
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Is Crossfire an option? Single card? Budget?
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Old 12-19-10, 08:34 AM   #3
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Budget can be as high as 500 euro. Crossfire might be an option but I don't think my mainboard has two PCIe slots (not sure about that), but I also have only a 600watt PSU which might not be enough to power 2 cards.
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Honestly, my vote's with the 6970. I love nVidia to death, but the 6970 is about 10% slower than a gtx 580 for WAY less money.
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Reviews seem to put the 6970 next to the 570, not 580.
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Old 12-19-10, 11:33 AM   #6
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Go for the 580
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I currently have a Core i5 setup with 4gb ram and a ATI 5850, running a 24" 1920x1200 monitor. Thinking about upgrading my card, which one would be best? I really think about changing to the nvidia camp for a change
If you can wait, see where the 6990 lands and look into going that route.
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Reviews seem to put the 6970 next to the 570, not 580.
The 6970 is faster than the 570, and the 570 is almost as fast as the 580...
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The 6970 is faster than the 570, and the 570 is almost as fast as the 580...
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570 and 6970 are about even. There may be a few titles that favor one over the other. Considering the 570s are a little cheaper right now I'd recommend that. 580s are just too expensive to be a good value, but if you want the best possible single gpu performance that's your only solution.

If you can find a very cheap 5850 and compatible PSU, crossfire actually might be a better solution. In applications that scale well with crossfire, your framerate will likely be higher than a single 580.
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Old 12-22-10, 02:23 AM   #11
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Question is : is it worth upgrading a 5850 to a GTX570? Will I see some difference?
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At your resolution you'll probably see a nice difference in performance off the bat, and in how high you can turn up settings like AA while maintaining good framerates.
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