I have an Asus 5850 directCU, not a ref design (can't OC but through smart doc), just got an offer to swap it for 6870...
What do you recommend?
1. Keep the 5850 and get another one/ perhaps Sapphire Extreme for about 150eur &CF
2. Swap the 5850 for 6870 and buy another 6870 &CF
3. Discard 1&2, sell 5850 and sometime down the road buy single 6950 or 6970 &CF next year… AND- would it be overkill for my i7 930 (will OC to some 3.8), PSU is Ok, corsair 1000HX/ check my PC details…
I am aware that the option 3 is the best and would give me the most longevity…but what do you say should I CF 5850 or 6870 if given above options…?
I will def play a lot of BF3 and some other upcoming titles, do lots of F1 2010 and Dirt2&3 right now I do all at 1920x1080/ not the BF3 for sure … (though, BFBC2 isn’t a joy to run at this res either…)
I’m just satisfied with the single 5850 performance, but how would it do in CF through the next year with all the new titles???
I would be just happy to buy another 5850 &CF if it gets me through the next year…and yes, it takes a *iss out of me for not being able to OC it (read about BIOS flashing but it’s a no-no-no for non ref design , right??? )
As a hint, I could easily sell my 5850 for some 180eur down in my neck of the woods- Bosnia…and have no probs getting anything from abroad (it’s a lot cheaper, sure )
let me tell you from experience that it is not worth it, id recommend a single strong card. Id hold on to the 5850 and oc it with msi afterburner until the next gen of gpu are released
cant speak for your model but my asus dc2 ocs to 1040mhz core with little voltage increase it is the performance of a gtx 570
Yup, read all about the micro stutter, chilled me off big time...
Thanks for posting comparisons, read some of them, will read now vs. CF6970...
The darn thing with my Asus 58580 DirectCU is that it's non-ref design, tried all swings and roundabouts on MSI afterburner, just won't OC BUT, last night I downloaded Asus GPU Tweak (just found out about it actually), it's v.1.1.something, looks nice, DOES allow voltage control, but is rather unstable, did not fiddle with it a lot, will try next few days...
Fired up BFBC2 for couple hours last night too, figured out that I had shadows on Max, put it down to Medium and FPS doubled DAMN... used smart doctor to bump up the Voltage to 1.86 and 900MHz (max the smart doc would let me), AA x8 AF x8, fraps displayed anywhere from +50 to +80 guess, would just toss another one in...
BTW, do you have a recommendation where to get another one from, apart the www.amazon.de and www.amazon.co.uk as prices are still ridiculous, like 225EUR for the same model...would appreciate your tips ...
cant recommend the crossfire config personally if that's what you want give it a try if you need to experience its ineptitude first hand... just my 2 cents and I speak from personal experience, good luck!
Rule of thumb in gpus: If you can wait, wait. As aoon as the 7xxx comes out you will be able to see many reviews and you will do the decision fully informed of the gains or losses of every possible setup.
Also, when you ask about 1 gpu vs crossfire: Always, i say again, ALWAYS favour single card vs dual cards.
Reasons: first you never get problems with dual configurations like micro shuttering. Second, some games dont actually support coressifre/SLI) so its like you only have one of those cards.
Third, 1 gpu almost always uses less energy than 2, so apart from lower bills, your PSU is less likely to fail.
And finally, Adding another gpu to creossfire or SLI is a good option when time has passed, prices have droped, and games have moved forward, so that a small investment gives a decent increase.