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Is 2 ATI 5970's worth it?

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  Quote firebolt059 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Topic: Is 2 ATI 5970's worth it?
    Posted: 13 Jan 2010 at 10:25pm
i have a monitor with a 1900 by 1200 resolution. will i get better results from 1 or 2 5970's?
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  Quote justin.kerr Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 13 Jan 2010 at 10:55pm

2 5870's will do you fine, 3 if you really want the max.

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  Quote OsandmanO Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 Jan 2010 at 11:29pm
I have been waiting on 2 5970's for almost a month. 3-5870's are looking mighty tempting.
 But,will 3 5870's fit in a Rampage II Extreme MB with a dedicated sound card as well. Doesnt the Sound Card use just a 1X PCI-E slot ? Sorry to sound so newbish...
There will ALWAYS be room for upgrades.
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  Quote mikki Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 21 Jan 2010 at 12:09am
I am maybe regretting getting the 2x5870 instead of 2x5970... GTA IV apparently only sees the first card's memory despite the xfire. If other games do this too, I really messed up :( . It looks like we may have to send our system in, and if so, I will be getting price quotes for upgrading the GPUs unless I can find a workaround. I thought 2x5870 = 2Gb of video memory... Does not appear that way! :/
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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 21 Jan 2010 at 1:10am
you would have the same problem with 5970, its in internal cf, so if there is a problem with crossfire the 5970 will suffer from it also, no game combines the memory together in cf/sli.

if you want 2GB of ram you will need to wait for the 2GB version of 5870 or 4GB version of 5970(2GB per core)
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  Quote mikki Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 21 Jan 2010 at 1:36am
I wonder when the 2gb 5870 will come out? I guess that's the most logical upgrade path for me. I can just upgrade one of them... :)
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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 21 Jan 2010 at 3:24am
ya but do you really need it tho? is the game not running smooth?
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  Quote justin.kerr Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 21 Jan 2010 at 9:02am
like I said in an earlier post, there are a few games out there, that can max out the 1Gb mem cards, that is why the first fermi's will be 1.5Gb. Most games 1Gb is fine, and with the 5870's, a few driver updates should help a bit, but you might have to turn some eye candy down a tad.Ouch
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  Quote mikki Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 21 Jan 2010 at 12:22pm
The game does run smooth, but my hubby and I hoped to max it out; it's his favorite game at the moment (lots of fun as a sandbox game with trainer mods on!!). Saw a screenshot online, apparently you can max it out with around 1.5gb of memory. I think the game is just coded poorly anyway. I hate seeing my husband dissapointed with his new toy tho <3. The game does look good, just wanted viewing distance and vehicle density higher.

We were able to max out Portal and Dirt 2. Haven't tried Crysis yet :).
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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 21 Jan 2010 at 12:36pm
you won't be able to max out crysis with high aa, but if you drop aa then both games should do great.
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  Quote mikki Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 21 Jan 2010 at 12:53pm
Yeah, I was mentally prepared for Crysis to not have AA at max based on feedback I've gotten here. GTA was a shock tho! :P
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  Quote nomec Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 22 Jan 2010 at 2:04pm
You know you can override all of that stuff in GTA4 so you can max the graphics regardless of your video memory.  I don't remember how to do it as it's been a LONG time since I've played it but you can google it.
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  Quote mikki Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 22 Jan 2010 at 2:45pm
Yeah, but wouldn't it run poorly?
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  Quote Kyu Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 22 Jan 2010 at 5:19pm

well there is a 2gb 5870 called eyefinity6 version

lol not sure if it's for sale, i heard a rumor that it is on ebay currently
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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 22 Jan 2010 at 6:44pm
there should be 2GB versions of 5870/5970 coming out from what I hear, but those are only for people who play games like gtv4, most games right now have no use for that much vram.
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  Quote Kyu Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 22 Jan 2010 at 6:59pm
would that be coming out at the same time as 5890 being announced ?
 
cause I'm confused now, I figured for marketing they'll be releasing 2gb 5870 first then once the sales drop alittle then release the 5890.
 
but I'm hearing less about the 2gb and more about 5890.
or will the 5890 just be a 2gb
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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 23 Jan 2010 at 4:28am
I believe the 5890 is suppose to be 2GB but I'm not sure
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  Quote justin.kerr Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 23 Jan 2010 at 9:59am
I have posted pics of the 5870 2GB, is is called the 5870 6
the 5890 will be 1.5Gb, pretty sure
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  Quote mikki Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 23 Jan 2010 at 1:22pm
Any idea when the 5870 2gb will be released (other than the one for sale right now on eBay for $900!) lol
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  Quote Kinesis Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 23 Jan 2010 at 7:05pm
Originally posted by justin.kerr

I have posted pics of the 5870 2GB, is is called the 5870 6
the 5890 will be 1.5Gb, pretty sure


ATI Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity6 Edition

http://www.widescreengamingforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=64&t=17023&start=90
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  Quote Kinesis Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 23 Jan 2010 at 7:07pm
Originally posted by mikki

Any idea when the 5870 2gb will be released (other than the one for sale right now on eBay for $900!) lol


Mikki, we've been trying to squeeze the info out of the ATI rep that posts regularly
on these boards,here's a thread you might want to keep an eye on.

 http:///www.widescreengamingforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=64&t=18052
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  Quote justin.kerr Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 23 Jan 2010 at 9:49pm
I posted a working 5870 6 3 months ago.. your rep is behind the times. lol
I might have missed it but I did not see any info on the 5890, and how much me it would have?
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