NVIDIA GTX 580 OC vs Radeon 6870 OC CrossFire vs Radeon 5970

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GeForce GTX 580 Overclocked Versus Radeon HD 6870 Overclocked in CrossFire Versus Radeon HD 5970 Dual GPU Card

GeForce GTX 580 OC vs Radeon HD 6870 OC CrossFire vs Radeon HD 5970

Earlier in the week we took a look at NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 580, their latest DirectX 11 graphics card which enters the market as replacement for the GTX 480. During that review we looked at the performance of the product at its reference speeds in single card and SLI mode, including 3-way. As a comparison we covered the GTX 480 and 5870 in single and dual card modes while touching briefly on the 6870 and 5970. There are of course numerous different versions of each product with manufacturers looking to differentiate their card from the competition and so today we felt it was worth looking at a slightly different comparison.

That comparison is the GTX 580, overclocked to the fastest speed we have seen advertised by a manufacturer on standard air cooling against the 6870 in Crossfire with the same highest overclock rule. In addition to that we will also add the 5970, in full, to the article as it shares the same price as the 6870 CF and 580 OC. (Overclocking will not be performed on the 5970 as OC models are rare/more expensive than the other two setups in this test.) Each of the cards will be tested in a selection of the latest games including Call of Duty: Black Ops, F1 2010 (DX11 Patch) and Fallout: New Vegas with the latest patch which fixes performance issues.

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