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Solved: 5870 or x2 5770s?

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  1. angelkiller117

    angelkiller117 Thread Starter

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    I'm getting ready to build a new rig and I'm a bit curious about graphics card choice this time around. The last handful of pc's I've build I went with a single slot solution. this time around I'm trying to decide between the single slot http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150456

    or 2 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150464

    Could someone enlighten me on a few pros and cons on either choice or at least give me some info on how you have your own pc setup?
     
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    5870 Pros:
    Can be as fast as two 5770's in CF, sometimes it is faster.
    Less power consumption
    Quieter - one fan versus two
    Less compatibility issues.
    No need for CF capable motherboard

    5870 Cons:
    Cost more then 2 x 5770's

    5770 CF Pros:
    Cards are cheaper
    Can be faster then a 5870

    5770 CF Cons:
    Needs a higher wattage PSU - costs more.
    Needs a Crossfire capable motherboard, at least two PCI-Express 2.0 x8 slots or x16 slots for optimal performance - costs more.
     
  3. loserOlimbs

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    The single card solution is normally a better IMO.

    Triple, for CF pros, is that considering the addition price of a CF compatible mobo?
     
  4. Triple6

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    No, thats why under Cons I stuck in that it needs a CF motherboard.

    Also some boards claim Crossfire support but only run the second slot at x4 which hurts performance a little, but it would be enough to lower it below that of single 5870.
     
  5. loserOlimbs

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    Thanks, thats what I thought
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