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March 10, 2012 2:11:26 AM

Hi,

Im thinking of going for crossfire but still in doubt whether does games currently will going to have issues with it. Please comments ;) 

Thanks.

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March 10, 2012 3:02:11 AM

Crossfire or SLI wont have any issues with games.

They increase performance (of course).
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March 10, 2012 3:14:43 AM

addzy94 said:
Crossfire or SLI wont have any issues with games.

They increase performance (of course).


I was just concerned cause I had encounter several articles that they bumped into troubles on few games. Well, Im still gonna do it anyway. Just for the coolness of it. lol.. Thanks for your reply though ;) 

I just post another thread also,
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/308408-30-pcie-mode

Any idea?
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March 10, 2012 2:53:34 PM

Yes there are issues. Better stick on a single card instead
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March 10, 2012 3:08:42 PM

I have both SLI and crossfire (in different rigs) and neither is a perfect system. Because of this, and past experience, I would choose a single very powerful card over a pair of less powerful cards. The simple reason being, there are still games out there which just hate crossfire/SLi, GTA IV is one that come to mind just now. You also get microstuttering (seen as lag) and can be horrendous at times.
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March 11, 2012 8:35:45 PM

For Crossfire or SLi, have a good PSU.
The Asus MB you listed only has AMD/ATI Crossfire support, so you an only us an AMD/ATI video card in crossfire.

I had 2 ATI 4870 x2 (4x crossfire) in my last rig and had a 1200w PSU.
New Rig has a EVGA GeForce GTX 590 Classified Hydro Copper-H2O cooled

Nvidia has less Micro-studder than ATI in Crossfire/SLI.

If you only have 1 PCI-E 16X slot, I would not use 2 in Crossfire.
Get a Dual core Video card, its a bit slower than 2 in crossfire, but not by much.




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March 11, 2012 9:06:03 PM

azrul said:
Hi,

Im thinking of going for crossfire but still in doubt whether does games currently will going to have issues with it. Please comments ;) 

Thanks.
Most games do support crossfire/sli but the issue is usually the price point of 2 cards is that a single card at that price is usually better for crossfire i recommend 6950's with bios switch on them it would be like 2 6970s but 200$ less if not i would wait for Nvidias new cards or just get a single 7970/7950
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March 12, 2012 2:12:58 AM

Thanks all for the replies, so far having only a single 6790s already enough I think for gaming. I managed to clocked it at stable 960Mhz and 1200Mhz RAM. It's worth the price buying this card. ;) 

Im still going to crossfire it anyway just for my interest sake. Getting a single dual core card here in Malaysia is really difficult due to pricing. Hopefully, CFX will became more stable in the future. ;)  If not, then still we can just replace it anyway. At least I have another target for the next upgrade..
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March 12, 2012 3:35:26 AM

FattyPatty said:
Most games do support crossfire/sli but the issue is usually the price point of 2 cards is that a single card at that price is usually better for crossfire i recommend 6950's with bios switch on them it would be like 2 6970s but 200$ less if not i would wait for Nvidias new cards or just get a single 7970/7950


I'm considering your suggestion ;) 
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March 12, 2012 3:43:57 AM

azrul said:
I'm considering your suggestion ;) 
whats your budget i could probably give a better suggestion
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March 12, 2012 3:54:15 AM

FattyPatty said:
whats your budget i could probably give a better suggestion


Well, currently it is small that's why I'm thinking on going for CF. In dollars it would be around $180 only. But if I were to get the 6950, the price here would be around $350 - $400 and it seems i cannot find it on the retailers list. lol...

What do you think of 6850? or perhaps for around $250 - $300, which one would you prefer? Thanks. ;) 
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March 12, 2012 4:03:15 AM

azrul said:
Well, currently it is small that's why I'm thinking on going for CF. In dollars it would be around $180 only. But if I were to get the 6950, the price here would be around $350 - $400 and it seems i cannot find it on the retailers list. lol...

What do you think of 6850? or perhaps for around $250 - $300, which one would you prefer? Thanks. ;) 
alright for around 300$ i would definite get 2 of these http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or if you really cant spare the extra 30-50$ i would go ahead and get the 6850s


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March 12, 2012 4:21:17 AM

FattyPatty said:
alright for around 300$ i would definite get 2 of these http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or if you really cant spare the extra 30-50$ i would go ahead and get the 6850s


Wow, that deal was really good. Can newegg ship the parts safely to here in Malaysia? I had never bother comparing the pricing before this to be honest. The price with our retailers here is double of that. hm..
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March 12, 2012 4:23:47 AM

azrul said:
Well, Im still thinking going for crossfire for the moment. My current Mobo doesn't support SLI so no option for that .. too bad..
Just get a single 570 not 2 but still the 2 6870s or 50s arent a bad choice
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March 12, 2012 4:26:25 AM

FattyPatty said:
Just get a single 570 not 2 but still the 2 6870s or 50s arent a bad choice


May I know why? Reason im going for CF is actually just to have the feel/exp having multiple cards in my rig. ;) . Im a new comer, what do you expect. lol ;) 
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March 12, 2012 4:36:27 AM

azrul said:
May I know why? Reason im going for CF is actually just to have the feel/exp having multiple cards in my rig. ;) . Im a new comer, what do you expect. lol ;) 
heh i understand i recently built a new pc and i really wanted 2 cards to but i ended up going with a single 7970 over dual 560 448 cores the main reason was because the 7970 preformed better number 2 although sli/crossfire is supported in most games it still isn't as reliable and 2 cards usually consume more than a single more powerful card. heres a few threads on the subject

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/317834-33-single-card




http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/265283-33-4770s
[An older thread but its on this subject]


In the end the 570 will be the better choice but its not the end of the world if you go with the crossfired 6870s as they are also extremely good cards.


How i see it is if i wanna upgrade from my 7970 i cant really get anything else that would beat it so i would just get another 7970 thats when i find 2 GPUs to be useful


My advice always go with the Single best GPU you can find for your money and dont just buy it DO YOUR RESEARCH!
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March 12, 2012 5:20:13 AM

FattyPatty said:
heh i understand i recently built a new pc and i really wanted 2 cards to but i ended up going with a single 7970 over dual 560 448 cores the main reason was because the 7970 preformed better number 2 although sli/crossfire is supported in most games it still isn't as reliable and 2 cards usually consume more than a single more powerful card. heres a few threads on the subject

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/317834-33-single-card




http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/265283-33-4770s
[An older thread but its on this subject]


In the end the 570 will be the better choice but its not the end of the world if you go with the crossfired 6870s as they are also extremely good cards.


How i see it is if i wanna upgrade from my 7970 i cant really get anything else that would beat it so i would just get another 7970 thats when i find 2 GPUs to be useful


My advice always go with the Single best GPU you can find for your money and dont just buy it DO YOUR RESEARCH!


Many thanks for the advice. I think without knowing I am currently doing research. Only that due to lack of experience on handling the component so the research is mostly based on facts and figures only.

About what you mention for the 7970, yes the card definitely show it does have a big figure on the performance, but on my budget wise, it is not so convenient for me at the moment. Ill put a lot of thinking on this and try to differentiate between needs and interest which is one is better. ;) 

Having 2 gpus might be not be the right choice but its worth trying just for interest sake. Finally, I'm sure I will settle down for 1 once I saw the issue for myself. Ill have some more experience as well during that ;) 

Another question, em.. I noticed that the HD 7970 is a gen 3 PCI-e ready. So, can I fit it on my 2.0 slot? Thinking of maybe settling in with the gpu first instead getting a new mobo.
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March 12, 2012 5:23:05 AM

azrul said:
Many thanks for the advice. I think without knowing I am currently doing research. Only that due to lack of experience on handling the component so the research is mostly based on facts and figures only.

About what you mention for the 7970, yes the card definitely show it does have a big figure on the performance, but on my budget wise, it is not so convenient for me at the moment. Ill put a lot of thinking on this and try to differentiate between needs and interest which is one is better. ;) 

Having 2 gpus might be not be the right choice but its worth trying just for interest sake. Finally, I'm sure I will settle down for 1 once I saw the issue for myself. Ill have some more experience as well during that ;) 

Another question, em.. I noticed that the HD 7970 is a gen 3 PCI-e ready. So, can I fit it on my 2.0 slot? Thinking of maybe settling in with the gpu first instead getting a new mobo.
PCIE is completely backwards compatable actually there is almost no gain from using it in a 3.0 slot. The 7970 is a great card but if your gonna have to save up for it i would wait to see what the nvidias new gen of cards have to offer first they are coming out within a month
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March 12, 2012 5:28:03 AM

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March 12, 2012 5:30:34 AM

FattyPatty said:
PCIE is completely backwards compatable actually there is almost no gain from using it in a 3.0 slot. The 7970 is a great card but if your gonna have to save up for it i would wait to see what the nvidias new gen of cards have to offer first they are coming out within a month


haha, it will definitely be in a few more months for me to save it up. Will check on that. Thanks ;) 
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March 12, 2012 5:31:47 AM

azrul said:
haha, it will definitely be in a few more months for me to save it up. Will check on that. Thanks ;) 
Np if you have any other questions on this subject dont hesitate to create another thread/pm me
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March 12, 2012 9:37:18 PM

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