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Are 2 video cards better than 1

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February 21, 2012 4:31:34 PM

Are two video cards better than one in gaming computers?

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February 21, 2012 4:50:23 PM

Well, of course they are! The more the better. Although you will need more RAM, a better power supply etc. It will take up more memory (RAM) and electricity, but it's much better.
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February 21, 2012 6:11:04 PM

it depends on your needs/budget.
the philosophy has always been running 2 mid ranged gpus can beat a high end gpu with the same price point.
or if you are wanting 3dsurround or multiple monitors in gaming 2 gpus are recommended.
not every game has good sli or xfre support so there are drawbacks to having multiple gpus.
ive always only ran one monitor at 1080p so one high end gpu has always been in my machine
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February 21, 2012 6:27:18 PM

It depends on what games you are going to be playing, and which cards you are looking at. Unfortunately, there isn't really an easy way to answer this question. Certain games, like any Blizzard title, do not scale well with crossfire, and some others, such as BF3, do. You need to look at which titles you will be playing and find out whether or not they utilize crossfire. It should be pretty easy to do as there are lots of articles concerning such issues all over toms. If you decide that your games are crossfire friendly, then you should do research and make sure you get cards that crossfire well. For instance the 6850's are notoriously good for crossfiring, whereas the 5850's originally did not crossfire nearly as well.

As far as drivers issues go, the rule is pretty much that MOST new games will not utilize the full potential of crossfire at launch, and when crossfire profiles are released by AMD it will get better. Having chronic driver issues that never get resolved is a thing of the past.

Once you get past all of that, the install of crossfire is extremely simple as it just requires a motherboard with crossfire lanes, and a simple bridge to the two cards.

TL, DR: It depends on what games you want to play, and what card you want to use.