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Windows 7: Graphic Card Decision


08 Jun 2010   #1

Windows 7 Pro X64
 
 
Graphic Card Decision

I have spent a fair few pounds on building one of the most up to date systems.

The main specs are:

Intel i7 930
Cosair H50 Watercooler
ASUS Rampage II Gene
6GB Mushkin Redline 998805

My current Graphics card is a Nvidia Geforce 8800GTX

I understand this will be a bottle neck in the system, because it wont be up to speed with the other components.

I have been told that it would be a great system if it had Nvidia GTX 480 or an ATI 5870. The 5870 draws less power, thus generates less heat. On paper the GTX looks great. I understand that Nvidia and Intel work together (AMD + ATI) so would it be suitable if i had the GTX 480?

What are peoples opinions on these cards too?

Thanks
Dan

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08 Jun 2010   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

From my experience, mix/matching has not ever been a problem and seems to be more of a marketing gimmick. I run a Intel chip (QX9650 Extreme) and Quadfire without any problems. Save yourself a boatload of cash and get a Radeon 4870x2. It's a serious performer and I *cannot* lag it down, even slightly. Furthermore, the newer cards run so hot that unless you're liquid cooling them, get used to *lots* of fan noise.
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08 Jun 2010   #3

Windows 7 Pro X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Captain Zero View Post
From my experience, mix/matching has not ever been a problem and seems to be more of a marketing gimmick. I run a Intel chip (QX9650 Extreme) and Quadfire without any problems. Save yourself a boatload of cash and get a Radeon 4870x2. It's a serious performer and I *cannot* lag it down, even slightly. Furthermore, the newer cards run so hot that unless you're liquid cooling them, get used to *lots* of fan noise.
Thanks
*Takes a google @ Radeon 4870x2. Assuming that x2 is part of the model number, not 2 cards?
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08 Jun 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dannyboy2005 View Post
Thanks
*Takes a google @ Radeon 4870x2. Assuming that x2 is part of the model number, not 2 cards?
X2 denotes that it has two physical gpus on one board, so yes, the X2 is included as the model number.
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08 Jun 2010   #5

Windows 7 Pro X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Captain Zero View Post
From my experience, mix/matching has not ever been a problem and seems to be more of a marketing gimmick. I run a Intel chip (QX9650 Extreme) and Quadfire without any problems. Save yourself a boatload of cash and get a Radeon 4870x2. It's a serious performer and I *cannot* lag it down, even slightly. Furthermore, the newer cards run so hot that unless you're liquid cooling them, get used to *lots* of fan noise.
As you say, from your experience you haven't had any problems with mixing and matching. I would ideally like a powerful graphics card to play ANY game available. I recently bought Flight Simulator X, which on my current system runs, but not to the max.

Would i get same results if i used 2 lower spec cards (saving money) and used them in SLI/ Crossfire mode to get the same spec as say 1 GTX 480? Or is this deemed bad practice?

Thanks
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08 Jun 2010   #6

Windows 7 Pro X64
 
 

Sorry to sort of hi-jack my own thread, but what is the difference between say Sapphire, ASUS, PNY etc? Why do they fluctuate so much in price for what is really the same model number?
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08 Jun 2010   #7

7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dannyboy2005 View Post
... I understand that Nvidia and Intel work together (AMD + ATI) so would it be suitable if i had the GTX 480?
As has been said, this is pure marketing myth. ATI cards work great with AMD chipset, with Intel chipsets and with nVidia chipsets.

Instead of going SLI or crossfire, have you considered the 5970? It is currently the baddest card on the planet.
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08 Jun 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dannyboy2005 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Captain Zero View Post
From my experience, mix/matching has not ever been a problem and seems to be more of a marketing gimmick. I run a Intel chip (QX9650 Extreme) and Quadfire without any problems. Save yourself a boatload of cash and get a Radeon 4870x2. It's a serious performer and I *cannot* lag it down, even slightly. Furthermore, the newer cards run so hot that unless you're liquid cooling them, get used to *lots* of fan noise.
As you say, from your experience you haven't had any problems with mixing and matching. I would ideally like a powerful graphics card to play ANY game available. I recently bought Flight Simulator X, which on my current system runs, but not to the max.

Would i get same results if i used 2 lower spec cards (saving money) and used them in SLI/ Crossfire mode to get the same spec as say 1 GTX 480? Or is this deemed bad practice?

Thanks
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dannyboy2005 View Post
Sorry to sort of hi-jack my own thread, but what is the difference between say Sapphire, ASUS, PNY etc? Why do they fluctuate so much in price for what is really the same model number?
Honestly, it is better to have a single card.

The differences between the companies, to name a few: extra features with the cards; warranty and customer support; "vanilla" cards vs factory overclocks.
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08 Jun 2010   #9

Windows 7 Pro X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Fumz View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dannyboy2005 View Post
... I understand that Nvidia and Intel work together (AMD + ATI) so would it be suitable if i had the GTX 480?
As has been said, this is pure marketing myth. ATI cards work great with AMD chipset, with Intel chipsets and with nVidia chipsets.

Instead of going SLI or crossfire, have you considered the 5970? It is currently the baddest card on the planet.
Yes, untill i saw the hefty £500 price tag.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mpcrsc562 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dannyboy2005 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Captain Zero View Post
From my experience, mix/matching has not ever been a problem and seems to be more of a marketing gimmick. I run a Intel chip (QX9650 Extreme) and Quadfire without any problems. Save yourself a boatload of cash and get a Radeon 4870x2. It's a serious performer and I *cannot* lag it down, even slightly. Furthermore, the newer cards run so hot that unless you're liquid cooling them, get used to *lots* of fan noise.
As you say, from your experience you haven't had any problems with mixing and matching. I would ideally like a powerful graphics card to play ANY game available. I recently bought Flight Simulator X, which on my current system runs, but not to the max.

Would i get same results if i used 2 lower spec cards (saving money) and used them in SLI/ Crossfire mode to get the same spec as say 1 GTX 480? Or is this deemed bad practice?

Thanks
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dannyboy2005 View Post
Sorry to sort of hi-jack my own thread, but what is the difference between say Sapphire, ASUS, PNY etc? Why do they fluctuate so much in price for what is really the same model number?
Honestly, it is better to have a single card.

The differences between the companies, to name a few: extra features with the cards; warranty and customer support; "vanilla" cards vs factory overclocks.
So its all the same 'Organs' on the card, but these company's stick their name on it, and adjust drivers/ software? Would i download the drive from ATI website, or would i have to go to say PNY website to download it? In this case, there drivers wont be as recent as Readon's?

Thanks
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08 Jun 2010   #10

7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dannyboy2005 View Post
Yes, untill i saw the hefty £500 price tag.
Yeah, lol, it's steep alright, but if you think about it, you're not going to get off any cheaper going to an sli/crossfire setup that can match it.

**edit**

You'd be just fine with either the 5870 or the gtx 480. You could play anything you wanted with either card.
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