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March 16, 2011 10:21:20 AM

it is wat it says.... i currently have a single 5770. if i choose to xfire it ill have to buy a xfire ready posu and another 5770. if i choose the 6950 2gb, my current posu should be fine. so it comes down to what set up would perform better for newer FPS games on a dual(poss.triple) display setup. CURRENT rig specs are......

MOBO-asusM4a785TD E-evo
MEM-2x2gb ocz reaperHPC @ 820mhz
POSU-coolermaster GX650
GPU-XFXhd5770 juniper 1ggddr5 core@895mhz mem@1375mhz
case-NZXT Lexi 3in, 2out.
Display--samsung bx2331-samsung bx2333
Thanks for replies. Plz post any info or benchmarks that are helpfull. If you think i could get sumthing thats even better for around the same price(~$250) plz tell me.

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March 16, 2011 10:37:27 AM

Between crossfiring and having a single powerful card, I would get a single powerful card and hope you could sell your 5770. Crossfire 5770 would be slightly less powerful than a 6950 even if you don't flash it, plus not all games utilize crossfire (as I am finding out to my own dismay), and you will be in a new generation of video card.

What is the current size/resolution of your monitor?
March 16, 2011 10:43:00 AM

sry, forgot to add that.... right now i have 2 23" 1080p displays, and i may or may not, add a third display.
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March 16, 2011 10:48:01 AM

I say go with the 6950. You'll generate less heat, won't need a new PSU and, depending on the title, the 6950 matches or beats the performance of 2 5770s.

Also, going from my own experience, driver support for crossfire isn't that great. I was constantly waiting for things to get better with the drivers from month to month with each release and they just didn't.
March 16, 2011 11:10:58 AM

To reiterate myself and support what ubercake is saying: my dislike of crossfire is probably going to make me to get a next-next generation GPU from NVIDIA (6xx series I suppose) when they debut and sell my gently used Radeon 5850's.
a b U Graphics card
March 16, 2011 11:12:22 AM

Assuming this is your MB, your Crossfire ready:

The power for a pair of 5770s or a single 6950 is basically identical so, you Power Supply is FINE for either configuration. Performance wise, a pair of 5770's is about the same as a 5870. And the 6950 is faster .....about 12% faster...

When compared to the previous generation Radeon HD 5870, the HD 6950 consumed the same amount of power. Considering that the newer card was on average 12% faster this is a positive result. Against the more expensive and faster Radeon HD 6970, it consumed 14% less power yet on average we found that it was only 10% slower.