best 3 gpu setup by what percentage

Discussion in 'Videocards - NVIDIA GeForce' started by zoso_the_hippy, Jun 14, 2010.

  1. zoso_the_hippy

    zoso_the_hippy Master Guru

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    hey every one can some please help me out

    about how much difference is there between the following

    3 way 470's

    3 way 480's

    3 way 5870's

    3 way 5850's

    1 5970 plus a 5870

    or even though it a 4 gpu 2 5970's

    what would scale the best have the best price vs performance

    and if you can of the top of your head what is the percentage of increase or decrease of the card

    also what is the difference between a i7 965 extreme and a i7 960 and would a 120 bucks extra be worth the 965 over the 960

    Please no nividia or ati fan boys just a honest comparison thanks all-ZoSo
     
  2. k3vst3r

    k3vst3r Ancient Guru

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    Well 470/480 cards sli scale better than crossfire well known fact. Wouldn't bother with 3 cards in tri sli or tri crossfire unless your playing at 2560x1600 plus for tri-sli or tri crossfire your going need real powerful cpu like 980x cause bottlenecks quite bad. Take a look at guru3d tri-sli setup of 480 or 470's.

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  3. zoso_the_hippy

    zoso_the_hippy Master Guru

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    thanks dude so the 965 is no good for that?
     
  4. k3vst3r

    k3vst3r Ancient Guru

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    Depends on resolution if your at 1920x1200 ain't so bad, i put some links in above you can see at what resolution affects performance. 965 probably be good enough anyhow.

    For testing actually a 965 was used :)

    So before we start, some custom parts we will be using I want to show to you first:

    Core i7 965 overclocked @ 3750 MHz
    Motherboard -- Intel X58
    Memory -- Corsair Dominator 6144 MB (3x 2048 MB) DDR3 Corsair @ 1600 MHz CAS 7
    1200 Watt BFG Power Supply
    Corsair Obsidian 800D Chassis
    Three GeForce GTX 470 graphics cards
     
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  5. zoso_the_hippy

    zoso_the_hippy Master Guru

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    i have a 1920x1080p pioneer kuro
     
  6. zoso_the_hippy

    zoso_the_hippy Master Guru

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    i was checking that out big thanks=)
     
  7. Omagana

    Omagana Ancient Guru

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    Wouldn't bother with 3 cards, if your going multi GPU then Nvidia normally scales better.

    So I'd say 2x470 or 2x480, bare in mind excellent airflow in your case will be important.
     
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    zoso_the_hippy Master Guru

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  9. Solfaur

    Solfaur Ancient Guru

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    Go 3x 470, or 2x 480(scales best)... or hell go 3x 480 and call it a day. :)
     
  10. Gripen90

    Gripen90 Master Guru

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    I have 3x GTX470 and HD5970 + HD5850 TriFire ... overall I'm happier with the nVidia setup since it seems more backwards compatible towards older games so I don't need to disable SLi or so to get the games to run/work... CrossFire is giving me more grey hairs in that area.
     

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    Sli ftw
     
  12. Sneakers

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    If you got excellent cooling alternativly H20 then 2x 480s + 930 oced @ 4 ghz + some nice dominator 2000 memz or maybe the new ofcz also 2000 rated.

    If you got mediocre cooling/high ambient then it might be worth to look into 5970+5850, pritty much the same money as 2x 480s but cooler and I would dare to say the perfomance is slightly better with the ati solution, 699+279 vs 499+499 ( prices obviously vary from region but since ur loc said florida I presume you can shop from the egg ).

    When it comes to scaling Nvidia has the better solution I would say, but not by that much, but still it favors them there.

    Physx nice free feature. Not that many good games who support it, a handful but still it doesnt hurt.

    Personally I would probably pick the the 480s since well they represent brute force and even if the ati solution would have abit higher avg and max fps I would dare to say the nvidia solution would have higher min frames and handle higher degrees of AA. Would probably be less hassle with 2 gpus vs 3 aswell, even though I heard nothing but good things from ppl running 5970+5850 in xfire.

    Any i7 @ 4 ghz will be enough to not be bothered by any eventual bottlenecks.
     
  13. Bodar

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    Yo man! What about 4-way sli / crossfire... :) It scales sometimes..
     
  14. Laykun

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    I would love guru3d to do a tri-fire vs. tri-sli review, that would be really awesome.

    Here's a review, although it's in german so you can chuck it through google translator for those non-german speakers but the only real point of interest are the performance graphs.

    EDIT: It's not german, but I have no idea what it is.
     
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  15. pimp_gimp

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    I recommend either grabbing 3 Geforce 470's or 480's as I've been testing 2-way 470 SLI as of late [coming from 2x Geforce GTX 260s] and I'm amazed at how well the cards are scaling in all the games I've tested.
     

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    Tomorrow I will be grabbing a 5970 and a 5850 for Tri-fire, will let you know how it goes.
     
  17. Liberalism

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    Quad-SLI GTX 480 is by far the fastest setup money can buy (for consumers of course).

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  18. Sneakers

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    Yah well, would u still recommend it as a gamer investment when we get down to the price :)?

    499+499+499+499+1200 for the 980x :)?

    ~3300$ incl shipping :pirate: :eyes:
     
  19. LinkDrive

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    On paper, the GTX4 series scales better than the HD5 series. The problem with the paper is that all the relevant benchmarks done by people such as Hilbert did the Crossfire tests with the release/beta drivers that came with the HD5 cards back in September. Because of this, looking at a GTX4 vs HD5 scaling comparison is rather one sided.

    It would be more accurate to say the GTX4 series in SLI is faster since it's an inherently faster series from the get-go. But when it comes to scaling and getting your money worth out of multiple GPU setups, we're going to need more up to date benchmarks to draw that conclusion.
     
  20. Redemption80

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    Anyone asked HH about this, as its not really fair to assume he just copied and pasted the results from last year when comparing the CF results against SLI.
     

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