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4870x2 to 2way sli or crossfire 6870 or gtx460?? best choice?

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  1. lucky555 New Member

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    hi,
    need to upgrade my setup...
    i have a 4870x2 water cooled... and need to upgrade my videocard...
    im looking for some seting...
    possibly 3 way sli or crossfire..
    2x6870 or 2x6850 or 2xgtx460
    or go with a gtx580 or wait for the 69.. series etc...

    or simply ad another 4870x2...
    please help me to find the right way :p
     
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    You cannot 3 way CF 6800 series, as afaik. Best choice is to wait for 69xx and get them to CF, or get GTX 570 SLI, but in my opinion the best is still to get a GTX 580.
     
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    You can't do 3 way SLi with the GTX460 either.
     
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    you cant 3x gtx460
     
  5. lucky555 New Member

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    oh hehe my bad...
    2 way... :p
     
  6. lucky555 New Member

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    gtx580 or the 5970?
     
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    Get the GTX 580. I had the 4870 1GB Crossfire, very similar to your 4870x2, and couldn't be happier with the GTX 580. Not only the performance is better, but it is more silent and I don't have any dual graphics (SLI or Crossfire) problems.
    You could wait for the 6970, of course, if you prefer AMD.
     
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    It depends what you want. Value for money neither card. If you do not care about value for money but you want the best performance from what I've seen on TPU's review the 5970 is slightly faster. If you want my honest opinion the 4870x2 is still one of the fastest ATI video card an upgrade makes little sense, I would keep it. Maybe find a second 4870x2 for cheap on eBay and CF. Two 4870x2s in CF should perform as fast if not faster than a single GTX 580 or ATI 4970 and for cheaper too.
     
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    dont have problem with the noise... im 100% watercooled...
     
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    what is the recommanded power supply for 2 4870x2 lol
     
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    I couldn't honestly tell you, I'd say anything over 500w with 70% efficiency from a trusted brand. Which model/brand PSU have you got ATM?
     
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    silverstone 850w
     
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    Model number?

    Generally speaking Silverstone make decent high end PSUs @ 850W you should be fine.
     
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    sst-st85f
     
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    but the 4870x2 doesnt support dx11... its important difference on graphic? lol
     
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    You could get yourself a second hand HD4870 1gb & just use that crossfire with your HD4870x2

    3x 4870 cores should be enough surely.
     
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    the price for a 4870 used is 100-120$
    and the price for a 4870x2 is ... 160-250$...
    if i go with this option... i will go with the 4870x2... :p
    need to go with 3 x 24inch monitor setup...
     
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    Never liked multi monitor gaming myself but if thats what your using i'd just go for another 4870x2.
    But 100-120$ for a second user hd4870 surely you could find one cheaper than that
     
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    its for racing play...
    with 3 monitor you can view the two side mirror and door...

    and yes probably can have one 4870 as low price but... can have one 4870 at 150$ i have contact one.... hehe and also have found a waterblock for them...
     
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    I went from a 4870x2 to a 5870.

    Given the choice, the 5870 is the better of the two plus no messing with profiles.

    With the 5900 cards coming in a week I'd hold on and wait to see what unfolds.

    By the way I'd go with two 5870s over two 4870x2s any day of the week. The extra Rops of the 5870 really help a lot.
     
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    I agree two 5870's is better than two 4870x2's but its going to be much cheaper for him two just get another 4870x2

    Its all down to what money he can aford. Hes most prob going to need a psu upgrade to go with this gpu upgrade
     
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    Wait 3 days and see what the 6900s are like.
     
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    2x 6870
     
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    I would go for at least an 850w. I run my 2x 4870x2 with an Antec truepower quattro 1000w and I use every bit of it but I have plenty of other components in my system that suck a lot of juice also so YMMV.

    You'll be absolutely fine. The change from DirectX10 to DirectX11 was evolutionary rather than revolutionary, and as such, backward compatibility is relatively trivial and built into DirectX 11 directly:

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    You will be able to run a game, using the game's DirectX11 codepath, directly on DirectX10.1 hardware (such as the 4870x2). You will be missing out on a few DirectX11-only features such as tessellation, and you will be using shader model 4.1 instead of 5.0, but your experience should not be too far off.

    In fact, many of the pioneering advancements that DirectX10.1 introduced over 10.0 were never widely used at the time, but were ultimately rolled into DirectX11. So as odd as it might sound, it is via the 10.1 downlevel compatibility path in DirectX11 that many of us with 10.1 cards will finally be making full use of our hardware. :)

    My experience with Quad Crossfire has been very good. In Bad Company 2 I get better FPS than my friend who has a 5970 and an amazing amount of games work great with quad crossfire, including old games that you wouldn't even expect to work such as World of Warcraft and Source engine based games. ATI now releases crossfire application profiles separate from the drivers allowing you to keep your crossfire compatibility at top notch without having to constantly install new drivers.

    If you were starting from scratch I would probably recommend going another route, but it's going to be impossible to beat the performance you will be able to get by adding another 4870x2 for anywhere near the price.
     
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  25. lucky555 New Member

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    for this time i have 6 hd
    i7 920
    6g of ram
    2 water pump
    1 dvd writer...
    1 4870x2

    just to confirm if i have to change or not the psu... :p

    if i dont have to buy 2 card and just buy another 4870x2 i will go with that...
    lol
    i will take the saved money to other projet :p
    thanks
     

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