Which Videocard is the one for me?

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KLoNe
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Which Videocard is the one for me?

Post by KLoNe » Wed Nov 09, 2011 11:46 pm

Hey guys; Looking at these two 'high end' HD6970 cards:

http://www.guru3d.com/article/asus-rade ... i-review/1

~ $410AU

&

http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/graphics/ ... 3-edition/

~ $440AU

Things that are going to influence me:
- QUIET
- Overclockability + ability to stay cool.
- Ability to output to 3 monitors (2x Dell 2407 & 1x 65" (for movies; won't be playing games over the 3 monitors, just the 2x Dell's))

I don't care about getting BF3 in with the Sapphire, but I do like how it has the Vapour-X chamber and the FleX (don't have to buy an active DP adapter). Also like how the Sapphire is only a 2 slot card = possibility of XFire in future maybe.
I have a feeling that the ASUS will be able to get rid of air quicker & stay a little cooler tho.

I was going to just get a ASUS 6950 2GB DirectCuII, but I believe there is only a small chance of being able to unlock these seeing I will be gaming on a 3840x1200 setup, I don't think the cheaper card would be able to keep up.

What do you guys think?

Many thanks :)

Deucal
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Re: Which Videocard is the one for me?

Post by Deucal » Thu Nov 10, 2011 3:50 pm

I've read through both reviews. And it comes to this, do you intend to go X-fire later and the 3 slot Asus blocks the only other GPU slot on the MB go Sapphire.
The Asus edges out on better cooling and less noise on load. Both have 2GB of memory so they can take 3way-finity.
1) i5 2500K@4.6GHz w/Silver Arrow, 8GB DDR3, Intel 120GB SSD, GTX 580 w/Shaman, Seasonic X-750, ASRock P67 Pro3, BenQ 23.6" 120Hz LED.
2) E8400@4GHz w/Megahelem, 8GB DDR2, 6 HDDs for ~4TB, 2x GTX 8800 SLI, Seasonic X-750, MSI P6N SLI Platinum, Samsung 22" LCD.

KLoNe
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Re: Which Videocard is the one for me?

Post by KLoNe » Sat Nov 12, 2011 5:05 am

Yeah, I'm thinking the ASUS for the better cooling - I don't think I'll go CrossFire too soon & I might even hold off until the 7000 series comes out and just upgrade to one of them.

$35AU on top of the ASUS for a Active DP->DVI adapter tho :cry:

Thanks for the reply :)

Anyone else?

Zorander
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Re: Which Videocard is the one for me?

Post by Zorander » Wed Nov 16, 2011 7:01 pm

You might want to add the MSI R6970 Lightning to your list. I recently got one and it is a very quiet performer.
ASUS P7P55 D-E
Intel Core i7-860 (Prolimatech Megahalem/Noctua 120mm)
Gigabyte HD7950 WF3
Corsair 550D case (Noctua 140mm exhaust); Corsair HX620 PSU
Corsair M4 128GB & WD Caviar Green 1.5TB

KLoNe
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Re: Which Videocard is the one for me?

Post by KLoNe » Sat Nov 26, 2011 5:51 pm

Zorander wrote:You might want to add the MSI R6970 Lightning to your list. I recently got one and it is a very quiet performer.
Thanks Zorander - MSI Lightning here in Australia is about $100US more than the others for some strange reason.

Zorander
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Re: Which Videocard is the one for me?

Post by Zorander » Sun Nov 27, 2011 7:11 pm

You should be able to find one on Ebay for reasonably good price. I got mine for USD$400 delivered to Australia and, added by the more favourable exchange rate back then, it was a very good deal.
ASUS P7P55 D-E
Intel Core i7-860 (Prolimatech Megahalem/Noctua 120mm)
Gigabyte HD7950 WF3
Corsair 550D case (Noctua 140mm exhaust); Corsair HX620 PSU
Corsair M4 128GB & WD Caviar Green 1.5TB

KLoNe
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Re: Which Videocard is the one for me?

Post by KLoNe » Sun Nov 27, 2011 9:18 pm

Cheapest is $460 on eBay :/

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