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Windows 7: Suggestions on a GPU


20 May 2011   #1

Windows 8 Professional 64-bit
 
 
Suggestions on a GPU

I'll work a summer job and plan to do another upgrade on my computer. Turns out I didn't have as much knowledge on computers as I do now. So I didn't really compensate for "space" in the case.

Anyway, to the point, I've already compiled what parts I'll get, I'm stuck at the GPU.

I want excellent performance, meaning, I want to MAX out on DirectX 11. I look at ATI Radeon 6990, but it's too expensive for a single card... ($740 )

I need suggestions on a good card or cards, Crossfire or SLI are supported by the mother board which I'm planning to get.



Possible specs are;
CPU - Intel i7 990x

GPU - ?


Motherboard - Asus Rampage III Extreme (say extreme in "power-thirst" way)


Cooling - Coolermaster V8 (I think, otherwise, suggest something else)


PSU - Currently, I have 750w, not sure if it'll be enough, suggest otherwise.



Any comments would be greatly appreciated.

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20 May 2011   #2

 
 

6970 or 6950 are good alternatives or crossfire 2 6850's at a very reasonable price.

nvidia alternatives gtx 570 or 580, or sli 2 560's at about the same price as 2 6850's
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20 May 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Depends, are you loyal to Nvdia or ATI,

See a review for Performance per $ at ASUS GeForce GTX 570 Review - Page 29/31 | techPowerUp

2 of the better cards would be
A cheaper and
B possibly faster as they would have 32 PCI lanes at their disposal instead of 16 on one card.
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20 May 2011   #4

Windows 8 Professional 64-bit
 
 

I don't really care which brand they are, Radeon 6990, I've read, outperforms GTX 590... I think ATI will be my choice.

Right now I'm looking at Radeon HD 6970, better with the price and memory compared to GTX 580, as far as my current knowledge tells me.
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20 May 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Radeon 6970 $364.99

16 PCIE Lanes
800Mhz Core Clock (900Mhz 0OC versions available)
2GB GDDR5
1536 SPU's

2x Radeon 6870 $379.98
32 PCIE Lanes
2x 900Mhz Core Clocks
2GB GDDR5
2240 SPU's

Prices as of newegg

Although using 2 will increase your power supply requirements
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20 May 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I think the 570 or the 570SC would be more in lines of direct competition to the 6970.

About the same price, maybe a bit cheaper depending where you get them from.


As far as memory, the ATI card has 2GB vs the 570 1.28GB.

I just went through this when shopping for a card, and one of my concerns was RAM on the card.

IMO, if you run a single monitor at 1080P (or 1920x1200) or lower, there will be no difference between the two, as far as VRAM is concerned.
Best to consider all other features each offers and price and not worry about it.

However, if you have intentions of running multiple monitors .. the ATI card likely has the edge due to more VRAM.


Since I only run a single 1080P monitor, with no desire to run multiples, I choose the 570 for Phys-X support.


Either would be a good choice though I think, and pretty much on par with each other for a single monitor setup.
I just wouldnt get too hung up on amount of VRAM each have, if only using a single monitor.
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20 May 2011   #7

Windows 8 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sub Styler View Post
Radeon 6970 $364.99

16 PCIE Lanes
800Mhz Core Clock (900Mhz 0OC versions available)
2GB GDDR5
1536 SPU's

2x Radeon 6870 $379.98
32 PCIE Lanes
2x 900Mhz Core Clocks
2GB GDDR5
2240 SPU's

Prices as of newegg

Although using 2 will increase your power supply requirements
If I get two then I may need a larger power supply, might add another $100-150, I'm on Newegg, great place.
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20 May 2011   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Of course, you could also go with a single 6970 or GTX570 Now, and then add the second a bit later.

Either can pretty well run anything out atm with ease, just as a single card.
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20 May 2011   #9

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Skulblaka View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sub Styler View Post
Radeon 6970 $364.99

16 PCIE Lanes
800Mhz Core Clock (900Mhz 0OC versions available)
2GB GDDR5
1536 SPU's

2x Radeon 6870 $379.98
32 PCIE Lanes
2x 900Mhz Core Clocks
2GB GDDR5
2240 SPU's

Prices as of newegg

Although using 2 will increase your power supply requirements
If I get two then I may need a larger power supply, might add another $100-150, I'm on Newegg, great place.
Just FYI, I ran a crossfire setup (2x 6950's) on a 850 watt power supply. I'm quite confident your 750 watt can handle two 6870's.

I just ran the power requirement numbers for my system using this eXtreme Outer Vision - eXtreme tools for computer enthusiasts and came up 644 volts using 2 6970's in crossfire.

My point? Your 750 should be plenty enough to run your setup. If you really feel like you want more power, an 850 is more than enough.
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20 May 2011   #10

Windows 8 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Running at my maximum resolution 1680 x 1080, single monitor. Hm, so what you're saying, is that Video memory isn't important?

What if I Crossfire x2 6870's? Better than a single 6970 or 570?
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