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March 20, 2012 4:28:55 AM

Hi guys, I'm currently running on a 6870 for gaming at 1366x768(My monitor is 18.5'').I am able to play almost all the games at high settings.I'm thinking of adding another in the next few weeks.I've just read somewhere that 6870CF has many problems.Is that correct? :(  I bought a 6870 so that I can crossfire it later.If I knew about this I would have gone for 6950.Am I screwed now? :fou: 

And my rig is
i5-2500k+asus p8z68 v le+GSKill ripjaws 8gb @1600mhz+sapphire hd 6870 1GB

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March 20, 2012 4:31:14 AM

I don't even think your board supports crossfire/sli. Actually it doesn't, so you can't even crossfire your 6870.
March 20, 2012 4:38:25 AM

But actually It does.
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March 20, 2012 4:40:35 AM

v-le does not support sli and crossfire.
March 20, 2012 4:43:39 AM

If this is your motherboard you can crossfire the 6870

http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z6...

This is what it says about the pci slots

1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (blue) *1
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 mode, black) *1
2 x PCIe 2.0 x1
3 x PCI

If you do crossfire the other 6870 will not get as good of performance because the second PCIe slot is only running at x4
March 20, 2012 4:44:59 AM

It says he has 1 x16 slot and 1 x4 slot, the bandwith is insanely bottlenecked. Crossfiring would be a waste of money at this point.
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March 20, 2012 4:47:36 AM

amuffin said:
It says he has 1 x16 slot and 1 x4 slot, the bandwith is insanely bottlenecked. Crossfiring would be a waste of money at this point.


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March 20, 2012 4:49:01 AM

Yes it has the second slot at x4 mode.I read that would reduce the performance by around 10%. But i don't care about that.What I want is whether 6870cf has inherent problems?
March 20, 2012 4:53:12 AM

Don't know, your board only says it supports quadfire, not regular 2 card cf.

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March 20, 2012 4:55:47 AM
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Personally I run 2x Sapphire Vapor-x 6870's in CF with no issues (to include micro-stutter.)
If you're only gamming at 1366x768 though i don't think your're going to see much of a diff, why not take the $ and get a better monitor?
March 20, 2012 4:58:36 AM

I have a pair of 6870's and am pretty satisfied. I had a pair of 5850's and they never worked right with this board for some reason, but these 6870's work very well. Any multi GPU setup is going to give you more trouble than a single GPU setup, but if you don't mind fiddling with settings and stuff they usually work well enough.

I don't know about your board, but if you do get it to work, I would recommend using RadeonPro, you can force different settings easily with it, and force other crossfire profiles if you are having problems with a certain game.
March 20, 2012 4:58:40 AM

amuffin said:
Don't know, your board only says it supports quadfire, not regular 2 card cf.


The Asus P8Z68-V LE supports CF with PCI-E 2.0 running 16x, 4x
March 20, 2012 5:04:02 AM

arvalin_dakaria said:
Personally I run 2x Sapphire Vapor-x 6870's in CF with no issues (to include micro-stutter.)
If you're only gamming at 1366x768 though i don't think your're going to see much of a diff, why not take the $ and get a better monitor?

I'm perfectly happy playing at that resolution ;) 
So there isn't micro stutter for 687 CF
March 20, 2012 5:07:03 AM

themirror said:
I'm perfectly happy playing at that resolution ;) 
So there isn't micro stutter for 687 CF


All I can say is I don't have any micro-stutter

As for your resolution, what I said is you're not going to see much of a gain @ that resolution
There isn't really anything that a single 6870 can't max @ 1366x768 so why spend another $150 for a second card?

If you're set at playing @1366x768 I'd take the $ and invest it somewhere else in your rig
March 20, 2012 5:07:21 AM



With PCI E 2.0 @ 4x there might be max 15% fps loss.
March 20, 2012 5:10:42 AM

arvalin_dakaria said:
All I can say is I don't have any micro-stutter

As for your resolution, what I said is you're not going to see much of a gain @ that resolution
There isn't really anything that a single 6870 can't max @ 1366x768 so why spend another $150 for a second card?

A friend offered me one at real cheap after using for 6 months. :D  and It would make me future proof. :) 

EDIT:And one more thing.Can I play BF3 at highest settings at that resolution with a single card?
March 20, 2012 5:21:34 AM

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March 20, 2012 5:23:21 AM


crossfire 6870's are a good combo,but like others have said,at that resolution and with 4x,you wont see much of a difference.
March 20, 2012 5:23:33 AM

arvalin_dakaria said:
http://www.overclock.net/t/819348/16x-16x-vs-16x-4x-gtx...

I currently run 16x, 8x with my cards even though my board supports dual 8x (I haven't figured out what is wrong) If you want I can bench my rig later.

Performance loss is much closer to 10%

There is a 1% performance difference between 16/16 and 8/8.
March 20, 2012 5:39:01 AM

Guys, thanks for the replies.
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