Nvidia gtx 480 sli or ati 5870 xfire (mobile gpu)

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Well i have 2 laptops choices to buy with almost the same price and specs but differs in video cards, one is with nvidia gtx 480 sli and the other one ati 5870 in crossfire. I have seen reviews that gtx 480 sli performs better but has high temps compared to ati, and they said the difference is marginal, i need help for opinions for the two cards and my general goal is to see who performs better.

Also i notice that some guys tend to say that 460 sli is better than 480 sli, is it true?
 

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Thanks for the quick reply Maziar, can you please forward a link for sager np7280 reviews? i hope they found a small remedy for the heating issues of their np7280 because it can also feature dual gtx 480
 

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Thanks for the quick reply Maziar, can you please forward a link for sager np7280 reviews? i hope they found a small remedy for the heating issues of their np7280 because it can also feature dual gtx 480
 

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I would say go with 5870 CF simply because of excellent power consumption on the other hand GTX480 eats too much power plus produces alot of heat as said by Maziar
 

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they also offered with 2 480/460 configuration, will it run much cooler compared to 2 480? and also what's the performace difference between the two. Marginal?

I opted for arctic silver compound for both gpu and cpu, also a notebook cooler, i can stand the power consumption, but im finding a way to at least reduce the heat if possible in safe levels and granted it is a laptop.
 

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Im just wondering if there's a way to reduce the heating of 2 480s, if there's no real way, i think i will just go to 2 5870 if there's no possibility to cool at least a bit of the 2 480s, i really max the performance due to the high resolutions i play so its either 2 480s or 5870 xfire.
 

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noise is omitted because i usually play with earphone, power consumption is omitted because im out travelling and stay somewhere like a hotel. alienware m17x (5870cf) and sager np7280 (2 480s) are two of my choices.

Alienware m17x
Processor 920m
ram 8 gb
HD 1 Tb

Sager np7280 (xoticpc)
Processor 950m
ram 6gb
HD 500 gb

both at in reasonable prices. Now only tech support.
 

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right now im taking up new games like sniper, fallout new vegas and some new dx11 games, im not sure which video card has better support between the two, they said nvidia is a winner in general...
 

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how about the performace difference of 2 460s and 2 480? i really like the raw performance of this 2 480s but theres that heat drawback, i also read some reviews that i should have a good psu so if the heat exceeds the limit the processor will slow down (sorry if im mistaken im still a noob in tech terms)

also will upgrading the processor (i7 950 is clevo's default to i7 980xm) will at least affect the fps of gaming or it helps a bit (excluding loading times)?
 
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