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May 17, 2011 9:51:42 PM

sup guys, im gaming at 1680x1050, should i crossfire my hd 5850 or buy a more powerfull single card solution and in the future if its needed crossfire it too??

thx guys, any comment will be appreciated

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May 18, 2011 7:58:39 AM

HD 5850 can handle almost all games fine on 1680x1050,are there any games that you've problems running them ?
Anyway,I wouldn't recommend getting another 5850(or any faster card) unless you upgrade your monitor to 1080p
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May 18, 2011 3:04:10 PM

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May 18, 2011 3:20:44 PM

Well, CF 5850 is very good and right now, cheap too. No reason not too.

But, like Maziar said, you're resolution isn't going to need as much GPU power as if you had 1080p, at which point CF 5850s can push any game to very high settings. at 1680x1050 I would think any game at highest settings guaranteed, with FPS to spare lol. So basically it would be a little more power than you need at your resolution, but for the price, it's a great way to go and of course you can then have the option of upgrading to a bigger monitor as well.
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May 18, 2011 3:49:51 PM

Maziar said:
HD 5850 can handle almost all games fine on 1680x1050,are there any games that you've problems running them ?
Anyway,I wouldn't recommend getting another 5850(or any faster card) unless you upgrade your monitor to 1080p

well, the only game i cant totally max out is metro and crysis ( which i think is normal), but im really expecting to play the witcher 2 with good settings, im telling this because there is a video of a gtx 580 that runs the game at 20-25 fps totally maxed out at my resolution haha, so if that card cant max out that game, then my video card will not run it with good settings.
I think that video made me think of changing my GPU, but if you guys say its okay, then ill keep it and wait more with it
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May 18, 2011 4:09:39 PM

wolfram23 said:
Well, CF 5850 is very good and right now, cheap too. No reason not too.

But, like Maziar said, you're resolution isn't going to need as much GPU power as if you had 1080p, at which point CF 5850s can push any game to very high settings. at 1680x1050 I would think any game at highest settings guaranteed, with FPS to spare lol. So basically it would be a little more power than you need at your resolution, but for the price, it's a great way to go and of course you can then have the option of upgrading to a bigger monitor as well.

like i said to maziar, i saw a vid of the gtx 580 that could not max out the witcher 2 so made me think that it maybe was time to change it haha
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May 18, 2011 4:12:02 PM

no the witcher 2 will not be that demanding
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May 18, 2011 4:29:40 PM

@jjb, correction: it IS (not will) not that demanding (Just joking, no offense)
OP: Witcher 2 is not very demanding and your 5850 will max it out easily on that resolution.

Recommended GPU:
GeForce 260 (1 GB) or Radeon HD 4850 (1 GB)
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May 18, 2011 4:46:03 PM

Actually in Witcher 2 at ultra settings with CF 5850s OCed to 870/1200 I get 10-15 FPS. At High settings it's 40+. At 1080p.
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May 18, 2011 5:10:16 PM

@Wolfram23, i've read your thread and i guess it's just a temporary issue, it'll be patched soon (i hope)
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May 18, 2011 5:20:21 PM

Yeah it seems unlikely that it should be that demanding, but we'll see. I guess AMD needs to release a proper CF profile and probably some driver optimizations.
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May 18, 2011 5:59:06 PM

megagabobe1 said:
well, the only game i cant totally max out is metro and crysis ( which i think is normal), but im really expecting to play the witcher 2 with good settings, im telling this because there is a video of a gtx 580 that runs the game at 20-25 fps totally maxed out at my resolution haha, so if that card cant max out that game, then my video card will not run it with good settings.
I think that video made me think of changing my GPU, but if you guys say its okay, then ill keep it and wait more with it

Both Crysis 1 and Metro 2033 are very demanding and also not very well optimized.
For Crysis,use some cfg tweaks(I recommend Cuban CCC pack) it will give you more FPS with better graphics
For Metro,switching to DX9 will give you a huge boost in performance and you won't notice a significant difference between DX9 and 11(The difference isn't worth the much extra FPS you gain by playing it on DX9)
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May 19, 2011 5:06:14 AM

Maziar said:
Both Crysis 1 and Metro 2033 are very demanding and also not very well optimized.
For Crysis,use some cfg tweaks(I recommend Cuban CCC pack) it will give you more FPS with better graphics
For Metro,switching to DX9 will give you a huge boost in performance and you won't notice a significant difference between DX9 and 11(The difference isn't worth the much extra FPS you gain by playing it on DX9)

if i play on dx 10 i can max it out with no rpoblems, i was talking about dx 11 haha, but i think ill stay with the same gpu
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May 19, 2011 5:10:21 AM

shrkbay said:
@jjb, correction: it IS (not will) not that demanding (Just joking, no offense)
OP: Witcher 2 is not very demanding and your 5850 will max it out easily on that resolution.

Recommended GPU:
GeForce 260 (1 GB) or Radeon HD 4850 (1 GB)


yeah i found it strange that the gtx 580 could not max out that game with the gtx 260 being the recommended one to play it
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May 19, 2011 6:13:55 AM

megagabobe1 said:
if i play on dx 10 i can max it out with no rpoblems, i was talking about dx 11 haha, but i think ill stay with the same gpu

Yes I know :) 
I tested Metro with DX9,DX10 and DX11 (w/5970) and on 1080p,I was getting 70 FPS with DX9 and like 40FPS on DX11(I don't exactly remember what I got with DX10 but it was a little higher than DX11),so I decided to play it on DX9 because the FPS difference wasn't worth the slightly better graphics
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May 26, 2011 1:19:30 AM

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