550 Ti SLI or 570 vs 670

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Yogotiss Posted: Thu, Nov 29 2012 1:31 PM

I'm having trouble determining if I want to buy a 570 or a 670. Currently I have 550 Ti in SLI and I'm sick of having to disable SLI for particular games to run correctly and vise versa. I have been told by many people that both of my 550's are equivalent to a 570. I figure I'd ask here if this is true or not and if so; would it be best to grab a 670 instead?  Basically what I'm asking is would it be best to buy a single x70 card and if so, which one, the 570 or the 670.

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OSunday replied on Thu, Nov 29 2012 9:56 PM

Yeah, that's the biggest issue with SLI and crossfires, compatibility. It just makes life a hassle getting things to work. It's always better to get a single higher end card than two combined lower end cards unless you're 100% sure your plans for use are multi-GPU compatible

I would stay away from a GTX 570 since for about the same price you can get a GTX 670 and "upgrading" you tech with a newer release is a little bit redundant.

If you'd be open to considering a few other cards the GTX 660 Ti is the best you can get for $250-$300, and if you'd dare to make the jump to AMD, the 7950 can be found near $300 at even better performance 

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Yogotiss replied on Thu, Nov 29 2012 10:11 PM

Thanks for responding. I don't know much about AMD other than the 7950 is a really good card. I'll check out the GTX 670 and the 7950

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Dorkstar replied on Thu, Nov 29 2012 10:44 PM

Yogotiss, I'm like you as far as not knowing much about AMD, as I've always been an nvidia fan.  But I think you should really look into AMD right now.  Not only are most of their cards cheaper, they mostly perform better.  As of right now AMD holds the fastest GPU, they just don't have the fan base nvidia has.

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Yogotiss replied on Fri, Nov 30 2012 1:01 AM

I've been looking at some stunning reviews on the 7950 and I'm 2secs away from pulling out my credit card. Now question: Would I be able to use this AMD card with one of my 550s as a PhysX card or does it not work that way and I have to use the AMD card only?

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Dorkstar replied on Fri, Nov 30 2012 11:40 AM

I know i've looked this up before, but I can't remember the final answer.  

I did a little digging and in an thread back in July 2011 someone asked the same question http://hothardware.com/cs/forums/p/56478/403485.aspx 

Apparently it is possible with a little tweaking.  You might want to figure out if it's worth the trouble before you pull the trigger though.

 

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Yogotiss replied on Fri, Nov 30 2012 12:57 PM

Nah I don't think its worth the trouble haha... Thanks for taking the time. I'll spend the next 24 hrs budgeting towards a 7950 or 7970. I'm willing to try something new and give AMD a go.

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Dorkstar replied on Fri, Nov 30 2012 1:23 PM

Yogotiss:

Nah I don't think its worth the trouble haha... Thanks for taking the time. I'll spend the next 24 hrs budgeting towards a 7950 or 7970. I'm willing to try something new and give AMD a go.

 

Hey check out this article I posted in another thread before you make a decision : http://hothardware.com/cs/forums/p/64757/441339.aspx#441339

Supposedly, AMD in increasing performance by up to 70% while cutting prices 20 to 25% in January.  Not sure how much truth is in this article, but I'd hate to you see buy a 7950 this month and a 8850 comes out next month for less with more power.

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OSunday replied on Fri, Nov 30 2012 1:34 PM

Yeah that post was back when I was working on my first build, I was trying to find a way to get the best of both worlds with Nvidia and AMD... but the two just don't play nice with each other.
LucidLogix and a couple of other third party things can combine GPU's between brands and discrete/integrated but it's a huge hassle and nowhere near a quality experience from what I've read.

 A single card is much better and I've never noticed any big difference gaming without PhysX compared to with it.
A 7950 is definitely budgetable, and is a great high end card. I wouldn't put to much thought into the 7970 unless you're trying to do 3D, multi monitor eyefinity, or 1440p gaming. The reason is on a single monitor with a 60hz refresh rate at 1080p (1920x1080), both cards will pretty much max out most games at 60fps.

And because of that the extra power you'd have in the 7970 would just be sitting idle, along with the $200 price difference also just sitting idle when it could've been spent elsewhere. If you have plans for future upgrades to 3D or Eyefinity, the 7970 would be a great investment 

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