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Graphics SLI GTX 570 vs. GTX 670/Radeon 7970

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by TheBlackSunshine, 29 Apr 2013.

  1. TheBlackSunshine

    TheBlackSunshine New Member

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    Did a quick search and the general consensus is go for a single GPU, but...

    I can pick up 2 GTX 570s from a friend for £250. A new GTX 670 or Radeon 7970 would set me back about £300 - £350. Is it still preferential to go for the single GPU option?

    Thanks

    EDIT: Btw I am currently using a GTX 560 Ti.
     
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  2. Neogumbercules

    Neogumbercules New Member

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    What games/res are you playing? A single 670 can pretty much max out most games and it's a lot less hassle. I think the dual 570s would outperform though. If you can max out with a single card I'd say go with that. SLI means heat, noise and excessive power draw.

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  3. docodine

    docodine killed a guy once

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    the 570s will be faster assuming the game you play has good SLI scaling

    the sli 570s will draw nearly 2x the power of a single 7970 though, and they'll run pretty warm because they're fermi...

    i'd take a new 7970 out of your options
     
  4. Instagib

    Instagib Well-Known Member

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    The 570's would have a shorter lifespan with the 1.3gb of vram on them compared to the 2 or 3gbs on the newer cards.

    For now though, the 570's are very capable.
     
  5. Shirty

    Shirty W*nker! Super Moderator

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    If you bought a 7970 and overclocked it you would essentially match the performance of SLI 570s for a lot less heat, power and noise.

    I also think £250 is a bit excessive for a pair of 570s unless they come with waterblocks. £200 collected or £210 delivered is as high as you should be willing to go.
     
  6. mrbungle

    mrbungle Undercooked chicken giver

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    Pick up a 670 or 7970 for around £300. Forget the sli.
     
  7. Tangster

    Tangster Butt-kicking for goodness!

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    Heck, even less sometimes. My 670SC 4GB cost me £225.
     
  8. jinq-sea

    jinq-sea 'write that down in your copy book' Super Moderator

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    I'd probably have a look for a reasonably priced 7970 (or if that's a bit steep at the moment, a 7950). Heck, you can always chuck another one in later!
     
  9. Shirty

    Shirty W*nker! Super Moderator

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    7950 for £170 to £185, preferably one that's known to overclock like a monster, and you have 680 performance (or better if you're really lucky) for half the cost.
     
  10. jinq-sea

    jinq-sea 'write that down in your copy book' Super Moderator

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    My ref. Sapphire 7950 clocks like a b*tch, and now retails around the £200 mark IIRC.

    Yes, fewer shaders than a 7970, but fast clocks = cheesecake.
     
  11. TheBlackSunshine

    TheBlackSunshine New Member

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    Right guys thanks for the advice. I think the consensus is pretty clear: Go for the single GPU solution. In which case I can wait to see what Computex brings...

    Thanks again!
     

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