can you get something better? lol, in battlefield 3 benchmarks the 5970 beats the gtx 590. i would keep them unless you plan on getting a 6990 or a 7990 because the 5970 vs even the 7970 id say will win, you heard it hear first, 5970 is a monster and still king of the hill other then 6990 but you have them in xfire and will wreck a 6990 with that.
That article was about 560Ti SLi vs 6870 crossfire and has nothing to do with the 5xxx series which has poorer scaling.
The 5970 is clearly a very potent gpu still and would hold its own against 7xxx single gpu's.
true about the article, but i disagree, when the 5xxx series first came out the scaling was bad and for a significant amount of time following but most of that has been fixed, i run 2 5870's in cf and no issues at all. have had them for almost 2 years now and there have been dramatic improvements, 2 5970's will scale fine with the right drivers. they have had more then enough time to work out the kinks
I've been reading mixed thoughts on crossfiring 2 5970. I read that it had scaling issues and has similar diminishing returns as quadfiring gpus since there's technically two gpus in one card. I mainly want to play BF3 on ultra settings but I don't know if one card is enough to play it smoothly.
One card should be able to play BF3 smoothly at high settings; you're underestimating the power of that card. Like I said earlier, sell off one of the cards and put together your computer... You'll have headaches trying to quad-fire 2 of those.
Funny enough I've just bought 2 5970's and I couldn't be happier. The price / performance margin is incredible as these things outrun cards that cost almost twice as much. Yes... they may have some trouble dealing with multi-monitor setups due to their lack of onboard memory... however I haven't seen this. I have 12 gig of system memory as well. What I can absolutely attest to is that one 5970 can run BF3 on ultra settings with the HSAO disabled. I'm capped at 60fps but that's only because I have VSync enabled
I could not find the HD 5970 Sapphire edition anywhere.. I have one of those in my system right now and I can for sure tell you that it runs fine on BF3 on high settings. I was thinking if I should just wait until the 7990 or just buy another one of the 5970.. Any suggestions?
Also, where would I find the 5970 if I wanted to buy it?