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XFire 6950 2gb vs SLI 480 gtx vs gtx 670


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#1 diggi

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 01:33 AM

Which of these will yield smoothest gameplay at highest settings in Crysis 2 and BF3 (1920x 1080 res)

Newegg has them at
gtx 480---$210-$240------------------ SLI= $420
HD 6950---$250-$260($230 after MIR)--------$460
gtx 670---$400-$440------------------------$400

If I understand right the 6950 should scale better in Xfire than the 480 but all I hear is bad things about AMD drivers
Also disregard power and noise of the 480 I don't consider them as detriments.
BTW Does anyone have links to any charts for these particular setups, Thanks.

Edited by diggi, 12 May 2012 - 01:38 AM.


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Posted 12 May 2012 - 09:27 AM

480s were mediocre when released, not worth it now....Yeah, i said it. HEAT, power and noise are detriments, unless you are an elderly rich deaf person.

6950 crossfired, not a bad deal. For the most part AMD got their crossfire performance squared away with the 6XXX series. You still have to deal with the occasional crossfire related hiccup/microstutter, but then again, NVidia has the same problem with SLI. Nothing wrong with AMD drivers. Have never caused me a problem.

GTX670- quickly becoming a good bang for the buck card given it's overclock potential. This would be my choice.

Remember, you said "smoothest gameplay", so my suggestion is the GTX670 vs any Crossfire/SLI setup.

Edited by dpunisher, 12 May 2012 - 09:28 AM.

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 11:26 AM

480s were mediocre when released, not worth it now....Yeah, i said it. HEAT, power and noise are detriments, unless you are an elderly rich deaf person.

6950 crossfired, not a bad deal. For the most part AMD got their crossfire performance squared away with the 6XXX series. You still have to deal with the occasional crossfire related hiccup/microstutter, but then again, NVidia has the same problem with SLI. Nothing wrong with AMD drivers. Have never caused me a problem.

GTX670- quickly becoming a good bang for the buck card given it's overclock potential. This would be my choice.

Remember, you said "smoothest gameplay", so my suggestion is the GTX670 vs any Crossfire/SLI setup.


Thx for your input dpun, LOL @ "elderly rich deaf person" are they that loud?? I see u don't like the 480's at all, I understand they rock under water though

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 11:28 AM

I've got a pair of 6950s and they are technically faster then the 670 by a bit but as dpunisher has mentioned that smoothest gameplay would be produced by a 670 considering that there could be micro-stuttering in Crossfire/SLI.

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 11:53 AM

I've got a pair of 6950s and they are technically faster then the 670 by a bit but as dpunisher has mentioned that smoothest gameplay would be produced by a 670 considering that there could be micro-stuttering in Crossfire/SLI.

So you have micro stuttering? when and where does it show up?

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 12:29 PM

No, i don't have micro stuttering when i'm gaming.

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 12:59 PM

The thing is, microstutter is one of those problems that some never notice, and others it drives up the wall. The 6XXX series was a big improvement over earlier cards in crossfire, as the 7XXX cards are. That being said, even a pair of 7970s, that can deliver some scary high frame rates, stutter enough to annoy some. I know that SLI GTX680s are driving some up the wall as well.

Edited by dpunisher, 12 May 2012 - 01:00 PM.

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 01:38 PM

On another forum IIRC it was fixed by finding out which part of the game (eg textures) was causing the stuttering and save it on a Ram Disk and point to the new location

Edited by diggi, 12 May 2012 - 01:55 PM.





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