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GTX 760 vs Crossfire HD7770's?

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July 23, 2013 10:46:30 AM

I currently have one asus HD7770 1GB, and i was wondering what would be faster, ditching my current HD7770 for the new GTX 760 ($280 upgrade) or adding a second card for crossfire, which will be just a 100 dollar upgrade?
I heard the new GTX 7xx's work better on z87 chipset motherboards, but I also head that crossfire (and SLI) require a good motherboard and CPU to be efficient. My motherboard is an MSI z77a G43, its a cheap motherboard at $100 give or take. My CPU is i7 2700k oc 4.5ghz. Is this okay for efficeint Crossfire?

Which option would be faster and by how much? If GTX 760 is faster, is it worth the $180 price gap?

I should also add that my psu is a 700 watt OCZ and my computer has 32 gb of 1600mhz ram. I think the psu can take crossfire or GTX 760 easy, but just in case im wrong please let me know.
July 23, 2013 10:52:07 AM

The 760 is more powerful and will work way better. Crossfireing two low end cards is a really bad idea and seldom works good
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July 23, 2013 10:53:35 AM

I would have to agree with BYO. I have tried multiple AMD cards in crossfire and they all have issues with micro-stutter. Perhaps after AMD releases the new driver with frame pacing at the end of the month it will be viable.
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July 23, 2013 10:56:08 AM

AMD's crossfire technology has a lot of issues, such as micro-stutter that will ruin your gaming experience and result into lower actual framerate.

The GTX 760 is the obvious choice in every possible aspect (performance, effiency, software, heat, etc.), there is no reason getting the 7770s over the GTX 760.
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July 23, 2013 10:59:01 AM

Crossfiring 7770's will give serious microstutter issues causing games not to look smooth during play. This has been my experience with crossfire 5770, I would not do it again. Also, if you do not have more then one slot separating your PCI express slots, there will likely be heat issues with the top card since the bottom card will be too very close to it.
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July 23, 2013 11:13:17 AM

Everyone is always waiting on ATI (now AMD) drivers to make something that in theory should work great, but in practice fails on an epic scale.
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October 13, 2013 5:53:53 AM

eldudeorino said:
Crossfiring 7770's will give serious microstutter issues causing games not to look smooth during play. This has been my experience with crossfire 5770, I would not do it again. Also, if you do not have more then one slot separating your PCI express slots, there will likely be heat issues with the top card since the bottom card will be too very close to it.


I have the i7 4770 on a Z87 Sabertooth, running two HD7770`s in Crossfire for a few months and it plays battlefield 4 Very Nicely on High settings.
I also play Skyrim (Ledgendary Ed), Half-Life 2, PREY and a host of other games and I have never seen `Micro-stuttering` in any game.

The only one game I have found with any issue is running RAGE in crossfire; and that has a problem with NVidia in SLi also.

Kindly take note of people who have themselves run Crossfire with great cards like the HD7770 (and not outdated advice about old cards pre-HD7770 cards from 5+ years ago).

The HD7770 is the very best price/performance card on the market for 1080p single monitor gaming if you already own one.

If you didnt own one I would say get the GTX770 or a HD7950~


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October 15, 2013 3:07:27 AM

Roger Rogers said:
eldudeorino said:
Crossfiring 7770's will give serious microstutter issues causing games not to look smooth during play. This has been my experience with crossfire 5770, I would not do it again. Also, if you do not have more then one slot separating your PCI express slots, there will likely be heat issues with the top card since the bottom card will be too very close to it.


I have the i7 4770 on a Z87 Sabertooth, running two HD7770`s in Crossfire for a few months and it plays battlefield 4 Very Nicely on High settings.
I also play Skyrim (Ledgendary Ed), Half-Life 2, PREY and a host of other games and I have never seen `Micro-stuttering` in any game.

The only one game I have found with any issue is running RAGE in crossfire; and that has a problem with NVidia in SLi also.

Kindly take note of people who have themselves run Crossfire with great cards like the HD7770 (and not outdated advice about old cards pre-HD7770 cards from 5+ years ago).

The HD7770 is the very best price/performance card on the market for 1080p single monitor gaming if you already own one.

If you didnt own one I would say get the GTX770 or a HD7950~




Well said amigo. I have x2 7770's as well and have never had a jot of trouble, except for the odd game that doesn't play nice with crossfire. Then i just toggle it off. I already had a 7770, and so it was the obvious choice and a real bang for buck budget wise. I can't understand all this micro stutter stuff, I have never seen it, but every forum spouts it like its the good word! I have a budget mother board and an i5.

Cheers,
John
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