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    Default What current cards are comparable to 2 x 4870X2's ?

    With these new cards on the market I am starting to get the itch to buy a new card(s).
    I could drop CF as currently I tend to favour ATI cards but just want a modern card that is comparable to my current set up.
    Any advice.........I am open to Nvidia/ATI cards....and whether to CF/SLi or just settle for one card.

    I run two monitors, a 22" and a 24"...and game on the 24" 1920 x 1200.

    Also not bothered about Physx(?)/CUDA etc or Eyefinity.

    I am currently thinking about a 6950 as I believe them to be a bit quieter and less power hungry than an Nvidia comparison.

    Note...I used to always run Nvidia cards until the 4870x2's came out and went for them in Nov 08 as they were the best card on the market..........plus I went mad with my money and got two...
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    Interesting site.......thanks for the link.

    Being a bit of a numpty, I think I have gleaned that there is not much difference between the 4870X2/6950.
    Exceptions that it has DX11 and 'probably' draws less power and is quieter ?

    The 4870X2 still seems to be a respectable card, so maybe check out the new issue cards when they turn up later on this year ?.
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    I don't think it's worth upgrading from CF 4870x2s, since you're looking at upwards of $400 just to match their performance. DX11 is mostly irrelevant, as the eye-candy it brings comes at a steep computational power cost at high resolutions. You should probably stay with your current setup for at least half a year.
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    I agree, I'd wait for the next generation of cards (79xx/GTX6xx?). Although I'd be sorely tempted to go with a GTX580 SLI setup

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    Thanks all, and I was coming to that conclusion that the 4870 X2's are still pretty good cards.
    So I will wait, and my wife and wallet will smile for much longer.....

    Not sure about GTX580's in SLi, they seem rather over priced, but if I were to buy Nvidia, I reckon GTX570's SLi'd would be a better option.
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    SLi 570s is a great option indeed.
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    Yeah, since 570s are basically optimized 480s, so that they generate less heat (and draw less current) at same or better performance level. Still, you'd see a ~10-30% performance increase (30% in TWIMTBP games at best, mostly around 15-20%) for ~$700... Is it worth all that money?
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    I am not sure that I would go CF/SLI in one go...........like I did in Nov 08 costing me around £700.

    I think this time I would buy one card and then later on another one.
    The GTX570's do look attractive though, and so do the 6950/6970's, and decision time comes as to whether to pair say a couple of 570's or 6950's........or, just stick with the fastest single card.
    It seems a shame to have a board that has 3 pci-e slots to not at least use two of them...

    But, as it has wisely been pointed out, there would be no point at this moment to jump on these latest offerings as my cards happily play all the games I use...............most are old DX9 games (UT series, BF1942/2/2142 + mods, C&C Gens/ZH/SupCom etc..) and the most 'modern' game is Crysis.
    I usually buy my games some years after they are out.......much cheaper that way, and feel in no need to fork out some £35 or so for the latest game on the market.........I still get plenty of fun from my old games.

    Thanks for all advice.
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    A little late, but I'll throw it in anyway. 2 softmodded Radeon 6950's are the only thing that I'd think would make sense, and you would probably save on your power bill and you wouldn't be heating your room as much, but you've got a pretty killer setup as it is, that many would kill for. Keep running with it as long as you can, and you'll reap the rewards of quicker and less expensive cards later on.

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