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HD Radeon 7770 Crossfire vs HD Radeon 7870 Ghz Edition

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March 20, 2013 3:37:52 PM

I'm currently planning to build a Gaming PC. I want to know which is best for gaming. Note: both are XFX brands.
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March 20, 2013 3:41:56 PM

Erm... neither. They're also not a particularly good brand.

Aim for a 7870 XT (the XT is important, because it's not a 7870, it's a disabled 7950.)
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March 20, 2013 3:44:09 PM

7770 CF is faster but.

Crossfire creates more heat
Crossfire consumes more power
Crossfire has Microstuttering issues plus depending on what 7770 you are getting you may be bottlenecked by 1GB of memory.

Go for a 7870XT.
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March 20, 2013 4:12:57 PM

+ on the 7870 xt, great bang for the buck. plus you could crossfire later on, its usually better to get the 1 faster card now, so you can upgrade down the line.
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March 20, 2013 4:51:01 PM

darkspartenwarrior said:
7770 CF is faster but.

Crossfire creates more heat
Crossfire consumes more power
Crossfire has Microstuttering issues plus depending on what 7770 you are getting you may be bottlenecked by 1GB of memory.

Go for a 7870XT.


I totally agree.
*Raw frame rate numbers in benchmarks do NOT represent the entire gaming experience. It's far better to have a SMOOTHER experience at 40FPS then to get stuttering at 55FPS due to Crossfire.

Two cards:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The Powercolor got lots of reviews as it toggles between HD7870 and HD7950 depending on the game. However, looking at pricing it's $250 now which has gone up. You can get the Sapphire HD7950 for only $40 more after MIR so it's hard to recommend the Powercolor now (it's also noisier).

My advice is either get the best HD7870 2GB card for $230 or less, or spend a little more for a much better HD7950 like this Sapphire.
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March 20, 2013 6:26:19 PM

General Rule of Thumb is Go for the Single most powerful GPU you can afford
Then Crossfire that in the future as you need more performance
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