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2x7870Ghz edition vs 1 3GB XFX Radeon HD 7950 DD

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March 31, 2013 5:35:12 AM

I was planning on agetting another 7870 for crossfire but the 7950 is the same price,aside from any crossfire issues are the 2 7870's likely to outperform the 7950.Thanks very much for your help guys.
March 31, 2013 5:48:44 AM

Hi bert, 2x7870s will give significantly higher fps than a single 7950 in almost all situations. Lots of people (the editors at Toms for starters) don't recommend it though due to issues with micro-stuttering and various compatibility issues that seem to plague crossfire/sli setups. Sometimes you need to wait on drivers/profiles before new releases work properly with multi-card setups.
However, I don't think it's even close to worth upgrading from a 7870 to a 7950, there's just not enough of a jump to justify the $$ IMHO.
Is there a reason for the upgrade? If you're gaming at 1080p, one 7870 should do a pretty respectable job? Might be worth saving your pennies and upgrading down the track when the next gen of cards are out.
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March 31, 2013 5:49:04 AM

You are supposed to crossfire 2 of the same models. 7870 and 7870 or 7950 and 7950.

Just get another 7870.
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March 31, 2013 6:09:20 AM

Thanks for the replies I am happy at the moment wth 1 7870 but always after those extra fps lol so wil propbably save a little more instead of getting another 7870 then sell it and put money towards a much better card.I have around £200 available at the moment but with a wife and kids ist's difficult to squirrel the extra away to save for a great card lol.thanks again fells much appreciated.
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March 31, 2013 6:13:53 AM

If you're going to upgrade either get a 2nd 7870 or wait until a next gen card. The jump from 7870 to 7970 isn't a big enough leap to be worth the $400 spent on the card. Even if you can sell the 7870 for $200, it's a small jump instead of the big jump you desire.
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March 31, 2013 6:16:58 AM

I hear you, it's always easier to spend than save! I do think that's a good call though. Next gen cards are supposed to be out Q4 this year. Moving to a single 8950 or whatever the equivalent is will likely give you worthy upgrade.
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March 31, 2013 6:20:48 AM

I'd rather have a single 7950. Yes, 7870 Crossfire is faster, but is it needed?

The 7870. I'd sell it soon though, before it becomes a "last gen" card. You'll still get a good price now. It won't be bad later, just not gonna be as hotly wanted.
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March 31, 2013 6:24:36 AM

envy14tpe said:
I'd rather have a single 7950. Yes, 7870 Crossfire is faster, but is it needed?

The 7870. I'd sell it soon though, before it becomes a "last gen" card. You'll still get a good price now. It won't be bad later, just not gonna be as hotly wanted.


Are you suggesting he sells the 7870 and upgrades to a 7950? That doesn't seem anywhere near worth it to me.
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March 31, 2013 6:58:34 AM

stickg1 said:
If you're going to upgrade either get a 2nd 7870 or wait until a next gen card. The jump from 7870 to 7970 isn't a big enough leap to be worth the $400 spent on the card. Even if you can sell the 7870 for $200, it's a small jump instead of the big jump you desire.


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March 31, 2013 8:41:49 AM

rhysiam said:
envy14tpe said:
I'd rather have a single 7950. Yes, 7870 Crossfire is faster, but is it needed?

The 7870. I'd sell it soon though, before it becomes a "last gen" card. You'll still get a good price now. It won't be bad later, just not gonna be as hotly wanted.


Are you suggesting he sells the 7870 and upgrades to a 7950? That doesn't seem anywhere near worth it to me.


He said, " so wil propbably save a little more instead of getting another 7870 then sell it and put money towards a much better card"
So I commented you won't lose a lot of money on it. Understand?
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April 13, 2013 4:41:03 AM

good OC'ed 7950 is on par with a 7970(non ghz), yes a Xfired 7870 outperform it but is it worth the Xfire problems? (scalling, non supported, micro stutter?)

i woul say sell the 7870 get a 7950/7970 and then Xfire it when driver will be better (assumably at the 8xxx launch xD wich means cheaper 2nd 7950/7970 xD)

i run a single XFX R7950DD (OC 50/25mhz core/mem higher than a Black edition 7950) wich i got for around 268$ 2nd hand but only 3hrs use the previous user had a obsolet system, psu, cpu didnt make it xD)
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May 22, 2013 5:38:52 PM

The Crossfired 7870s will easily beat the 7950 in MOST occasions. The only thing I can think of getting the 7950 is for 3 reasons, and those are more heat, some games are weird with crossfire and not that it really matters, the 7870s will be using more power.
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June 22, 2013 4:45:11 PM

From my current experience with multiple cards, I say go with the single bets card you can get. Micro stutter is a real factor with my 6870's. I will NEVER run multiple cards again, lol
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