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XFX 5770 Crossfire To Sapphire 7850 OC

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
April 16, 2012 8:45:48 PM

Hello folks,

Prior to knowing about the graphic hierarchy charts for April 2012, I went ahead and ordered a Sapphire 7850 OC, to replace my XFX 5770 crossfire.

An interesting suggestion in the hierarchy chart is that a worthwhile upgrade should be 3 steps above current system.
After glancing at the chart, I noticed a 5870 (roughly equivalent to 5770 crossfire) 1 step below a 7850.

I feel like I jumped the gun on this purchase. Was wondering what your thoughts were?

I suppose a year from now I could crossfire the 7850 when prices drop further, yet I'm more inclined to stick to a single card solution considering the waiting games I've played for stable catalyst application profiles.

April 16, 2012 9:12:48 PM

I think you didn't get a worth while upgrade performance wise but I also think you are in a better place now with a single card.
AMD cards do always get better over time as the drivers are always pretty bad at the start of a new gen.
In a few months time your card would most probably belong a rung further up the table. Speaking of which its really only a guide as with all reviews.

I wouldn't feel too bad about it.

Mactronix :) 
April 17, 2012 12:27:12 AM

Thanks for the feedback. Yeah, I guess I shouldn't second guess myself at this point. Besides, I wasn't exactly prepared to spend $500+ on a 7970.
$250 pre-tax was pretty well my limit.

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April 17, 2012 5:16:01 AM

You can get another 7850 to make crossfire and get 7970 performance if you would mind.
April 24, 2012 5:01:17 PM

I'm pretty happy with it so far. I've managed to overclock the Sapphire 7850 OC a little further.

1200 core / 5800 memory / 1.176 volts

That's a reasonable jump from reference clocks of 860 core / 4800 memory. Seems stable after Heaven 3.0 testing and in-games. Should last me quite awhile.