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should i crossfire 7970's or just get a 690?

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June 13, 2013 5:34:46 PM

i mean do they have the same performance? and i heard that AMD GPU's had a ton of driver problems

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June 13, 2013 5:37:07 PM

They both have their strong points, however if it's crossfire 7970's vs a single 690 then the obvious choice is the 7970's. And the driver problems are over exaggerated, since catalyst controller, the driver issues are very rare.
June 13, 2013 5:38:29 PM

Username1220 said:
They both have their strong points, however if it's crossfire 7970's vs a single 690 then the obvious choice is the 7970's.


and why is that?
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June 13, 2013 5:42:19 PM

porzungolom said:
Username1220 said:
They both have their strong points, however if it's crossfire 7970's vs a single 690 then the obvious choice is the 7970's.


and why is that?


Better performance. And AMD's never settle bundle gives you lots of free games with it. AAA games too, not crappy ones.
June 13, 2013 5:43:16 PM

If you want to cross the 7970 then be ready to deal with runt frames. What's your setup:board,cpu,ram,monitor??
June 13, 2013 5:47:39 PM

One big problem with Crossfire is that it does not meter out frames evenly. Of course, we have all heard about the microstutter issue, but what has been coming to light over the past several months is that the frame metering problem leads to an issue where traditional methods of measuring FPS (Hardware FPS below) are actually inflating the scores for Crossfire (Practical FPS below).

In a nutshell, the performance of Crossfire, when measured accurately, is often no better than the performance of a single card and then is often even worse than a single due to frame latency and microstuttering. SLI is not affected by this problem. This has been documented and discussed in nearly every major review site and fully admitted by AMD. They are currently working on a "Prototype" driver to address the issue (also in the chart below). The GTX 690 is a clear winner here.

More reading:
http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/Frame-Ratin...
http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/Frame-Ratin...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7990-revi...
June 13, 2013 5:48:51 PM

hero1 said:
If you want to cross the 7970 then be ready to deal with runt frames. What's your setup:board,cpu,ram,monitor??


my motherboard is a MSI Z87 G43, ram is 16 gb DDR3, processor is Intel® Core™ i7-4770K Processor (4x 3.50GHz/8MB L3 Cache) moniter is a 23" LED TV 1920x1080 -- Sceptre E243BV-FHD

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June 13, 2013 5:50:06 PM
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porzungolom said:
hero1 said:
If you want to cross the 7970 then be ready to deal with runt frames. What's your setup:board,cpu,ram,monitor??


my motherboard is a MSI Z87 G43, ram is 16 gb DDR3, processor is Intel® Core™ i7-4770K Processor (4x 3.50GHz/8MB L3 Cache) moniter is a 23" LED TV 1920x1080 -- Sceptre E243BV-FHD


Then you don't need a second GPU unless you want to push more frames. Your resolution can easily be handled by your single 7970.
June 13, 2013 5:50:14 PM

I have Sapphire 7970 ghz crossfire and i absolutely love it. Sure there is micro-shutter but i think that is blown out of proportion because i barely notice it and i am on the 13.6 beta drivers. I run a 5760x1080 setup
June 13, 2013 6:22:52 PM

porzungolom said:
thanks guys :) 


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