Chrispy_ wrote:GTX660? It's not available yet, and all the info so far points to it being a 150W card that will be available in Europe by September for about €300. It's not really in the same ballpark as anything the OP is talking about; If the estimates are right, it's so overbudget as to be ridiculous.
I'd go for the 7770 instead of the 6870, it is rated at just 80W compared to 151W for the 6870 (wikipedia, admittedly).
The VTX is pretty good, since it's cheap and the stock 7770 fan seems very quiet.
Of the overclocked/aftermarket coolers, the one to get is the Sapphire vapor-X, without question. Heapipes, twin 70mm fans, you can't go wrong. I am very impressed by the Vapor-X cards I've seen, in fact I bought one recently and for a 200W GPU, it's remarkably quiet.
Airmantharp wrote:For Crossfire, it's just not worth it if you're using lower-end cards. You may get the FPS, but you also get micro-stuttering, along with splitting PCIe lanes and extra power requirements. It's not totally out of the picture and it might very well be the best inexpensive option, but unless there isn't a single card available that's fast enough, Crossfire/SLi shouldn't be used.
Some people wrote: Crossfire stuff.
Jason181 wrote:Microstuttering isn't a problem if all of the frames are below the inverse of the refresh rate..
NVidia's financial Q3 runs through Halloween.Chrispy_ wrote:"Q3" which is probably financial rather than calendar year, given that the GTX660 is still counted as Q2 in August.
Airmantharp wrote:My stock HD6950's were rather quiet under load, thank you, and silent at stock. Granted my case setup was designed to take advantage of their exhausting coolers.
DPete27 wrote:You may want to read through this article which illustrates the pitfalls of microstuttering incurred with multi-GPU setups.
Dpete27 wrote:I would agree that microstuttering becomes less frequent as your graphics horsepower increases, but games are set to automatically detect and apply optimal video settings based on your setup...
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