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Graphics Pete J's 3x SLI 480 Review

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Pete J, 1 May 2010.

  1. Teelzebub

    Teelzebub Up yours GOD,Whats best served cold

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    I'm surprised at your 275 temps mine under load sits at around 65c and idle 58c, I'm really impressed with the case I've got for a medium sized case the airflow is really good considering I've got a 250 for PhysX aswell.
     
  2. smc8788

    smc8788 Multimodder

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    Depends on the case I suppose, my rig isn't designed for ultimate airflow as much as it is low noise. I'm looking at getting some slightly beefier fans though.

    Is your 275 reference design?
     
  3. Teelzebub

    Teelzebub Up yours GOD,Whats best served cold

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    Yeah standard cooler, The case is pretty quiet no side fans at all, I've also got a CM stacker and compared to that the Anubas case is almost silent.
     
  4. Pookeyhead

    Pookeyhead It's big, and it's clever.

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    I reckon 2x 5970s would outperform it.
     
  5. wyx087

    wyx087 Homeworld 3 is happening!!

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    don't think you can do 3x 5970. and that's 6 chips trying to compete with 3 chips.

    my 5870 never goes over 70c when gaming, 75c when furmark, so guess the heat generated between those cards are different.
     
  6. masterjonny

    masterjonny What's a Dremel?

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    Disclaimer: I'm not a rabid fanboy, up until now I've always flown the green flag.

    I've just finished the opposite build to you (3 * 5870) here, and with the same mobo, same amount of RAM, and less of an OC (unless you disabled HT) I get a higher score in vantage?

    Vantage: Performance Preset - 31.2k (35.0k GPU, 23.4k CPU)

    Another direct comparison is the temps. With a nice afterburner curve, I never go above 55% fan netting me 75,72,67 respectively, but that's neither here nor there.

    Unfortuantley I can't run extreme as I only have a 1080p monitor, but I did expect the Fermi's to come out on top :confused:

    It's just unless I'm interpreting it wrong, my build was marginally cheaper, consumes less power, and is cooler. Which is okay as I was going to accept the 5-10% performance drop on Fermi. But apparently it performs better too?
     
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  7. smc8788

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    Vantage =/= real world performance. You might as well not even bother wasting your time with it.
     
  8. Pete J

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    If you look at reviews around, 2x5970s will outperform in certain areas. However, when it comes to extreme high resolution DX11 in the harshest games, 3x480s wins out by a wide margin. Not to mention the fact that the 5970s can't handle very high AA.

    Awesome! I was hoping that someone would have a tri-fire 5870 set up so we could compare. Nice rig by the way! Get some benchmarks for games, and the Heaven benchmark so we can get some perspective. I'll run a 1080p benchmark (everything maxed out) for a few things (not Crysis unfortunately: I can't change the settings now :hehe: ).

    You're correct about my CPU; I've disabled hyperthreading for a couple of reasons, so this'll impact the test.I might reactivate it briefly for comparison. However, as smc8788 says, Vantage doesn't really give a real world indication of performance.

    As for the temperatures and power consumption, well, c'est la vie! Luckily I live in rented accomodation where the bills are all inclusive. I'll probably be able to gauge the power consumption by how angry my landlord will be :lol: .
     
  9. masterjonny

    masterjonny What's a Dremel?

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    Haha, I'm only revising so I'll fire up heaven now lmao ;)

    1080p DX11, everything max, gogogo :lol:

    Post back in 5
     
  10. masterjonny

    masterjonny What's a Dremel?

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    Hurrrm don't know if that worked correctly, in Vantage and game's my second screen goes inactive, but running that it was still working, my widgets were moving, I could right click the desktop etc.

    Anyway:

    Render: direct3d11
    Mode: 1920x1080 8xAA fullscreen
    Shaders: high
    Textures: high
    Filter: trilinear
    Anisotropy: 16x
    Occlusion: enabled
    Refraction: enabled
    Volumetric: enabled
    Replication: disabled
    Tessellation: extreme

    FPS: 30.9
    Scores: 779
    Min FPS: 5.9
    Max FPS: 124.2


    Does that sound in the right ballpark, or do I need to unplug my second monitor temporarily while running it?
     
  11. wyx087

    wyx087 Homeworld 3 is happening!!

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    the ATI cards will be pwned in Heaven benchmark. because tessellation in ATI cards doesn't perform as well as nVidia cards.

    unfortunately there's no single game that represents both cards, it's two hugely different architecture.
     
  12. Pookeyhead

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    Got a link to anything? Can't find a 2x5970 vs 3x480 test anywhere.



    Even so, I'm struggling to justify the cost of 3x 480s for ANYTHING!
     
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    Ph4ZeD What's a Dremel?

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    That quantity of money on graphics cards really is mental.. I'd rather spend the extra for a 30" Dell monitor, as it would really last the test of time.
     
  14. Pete J

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    Hmm, try turning AA off and compare it to this. I don't know why your second screen would turn off, must be an ATI thing?

    A direct comparison is here.

    Guru3D has indirectly done it: tri SLI 480s and dual 5970s.
     
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  17. Teelzebub

    Teelzebub Up yours GOD,Whats best served cold

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    Thanks for the links pete.
     
  18. Teelzebub

    Teelzebub Up yours GOD,Whats best served cold

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    I've been looking for a impartial review to see how a GTX480 stacks up against a GTX275 with no luck, Anyone seen one???
     
  19. Kalcifer

    Kalcifer If you want change, start with yourself.

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    It can play Crysis on max settings, with good fps! Sign me up XD


    These guys must be flaming at u a bit
    Angry disappointed buyers
     
  20. Pete J

    Pete J Employed scum

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    Well my 260s were the equivalents of 275s (they were Palit Sonic editions) so roughly halve the numbers I've got for them in SLI.

    Err, that was me :D
     

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