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Single card equivilant to 2 6870 crossfire

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April 17, 2012 11:31:59 PM

Hi,

I am wondering what single card solution either nvidia or amd, would be equal to 2 6870's in crossfire. I am wanting to play games in high quality at 1080p. I heard that crossfire can cause some micro stuttering and low minimum frame rates.

I am wanting single card because it is easier to power and less hear and noise.

Thanks

CPU- i5 2500k
PSU- diablotek 550 watts
Ram- 8gb 1333mhz
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April 17, 2012 11:38:13 PM

Hi! Welcome to the forums.
First, you NEED to get rid of that PSU. Diablotek's are nothing more than fireworks disguised as PSUs.

It doesn't look like there's anything that can match a pair of 6870's. The closest would be a 680, although it looks like it can't quite overtake it.
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April 17, 2012 11:40:02 PM

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Either a 7970 or 680, however that diablotek will blow your sh*t up!
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April 17, 2012 11:43:30 PM

striker410 said:
Hi! Welcome to the forums.
First, you NEED to get rid of that PSU. Diabloteks are nothing more than fireworks disguised as PSUs.

It doesn't look like there's anything that can match a pair of 6870's. The closest would be a 680, although it looks like it can't quite overtake it.


I see, are there any issues with cross firing that could really affect me like micro stuttering? Also i agree with you about my PSU could you help me out with a decent PSU that can handle 2x 6870?

Thanks.
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April 17, 2012 11:50:37 PM

Micro stutter is an issue for some people, not all. If you're able to detect screen tearing when playing with V-Sync off, you'll probably notice microstutter too.

here's an excellent deal going on right now: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $80 with promo code, $60 with rebate. I just put these into a friend's rig, unfortunately it has a broken fan control (semi common issue) so I'm in the process of getting an RMA set up. OCZ has been nothing but helpful and is cross-shipping him one now.
If you don't wanna take a chance with that, you have several other options in the price range but they're non-modular.
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April 18, 2012 12:03:31 AM

I would look at the GTX 680 for 1080p (1920x1080) gaming. When you get into the higher resolutions the AMD 7970 starts to shine a lot more but at 1080p my choice would be a gtx680.

Like other mentioned, replace that PSU asap.
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April 18, 2012 12:16:01 AM

JamesSneed said:
I would look at the GTX 680 for 1080p (1920x1080) gaming. When you get into the higher resolutions the AMD 7970 starts to shine a lot more but at 1080p my choice would be a gtx680.
Oh really? Interesting. Where did you read that? According to this HardOCP review, even at 2560x1600 the 680 keeps its lead.

Here's the full article. Skyrim was just a non-biased example.
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/03/22/nvidia_kepler...
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April 18, 2012 12:16:45 AM

Also i was considering the 580 would that be close enough? Its about the same price now so would it be a good option?

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April 18, 2012 12:24:42 AM

NIKHILKILLA1 said:
Also i was considering the 580 would that be close enough? Its about the same price now so would it be a good option?

A 7870 would be a better option, as it performs very similarily to the GTX 580 for less money and MUCH lower power consumption. Plus it has incredible overclocking ability.
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April 18, 2012 12:27:27 AM

striker410 said:
A 7870 would be a better option, as it performs very similarily to the GTX 580 for less money and MUCH lower power consumption. Plus it has incredible overclocking ability.


Cool, so in the end would the 7870 be a good single card solution vs the 2x 6870's?

Thanks
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April 18, 2012 12:40:34 AM

Performance wise, the 6870's still win. Hassle-wise, the 7870 wins.

What games are you playing and at what resolution? You may not even need the power afforded by a 6870 Crossfire solution.
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April 18, 2012 12:46:58 AM

striker410 said:
Performance wise, the 6870's still win. Hassle-wise, the 7870 wins.

What games are you playing and at what resolution? You may not even need the power afforded by a 6870 Crossfire solution.


Battlefield 3, MW3, WoW, Saints Row 3, Skyrim, MS Flight. Mostly FPS games. I will be getting a new monitor so 1920X1080.
I would like to play all these games at max if possible.

Also when you mention the 6870's could be a hassle what do you mean? Will there be issues like driver delays?

Thanks.
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April 18, 2012 1:39:55 AM

Okay, sounds like you'll need a beefy system xD

What I mean by hassle is just dealing with the issues that inherently come with multi GPU setups. Some games don't support Crossfire, leaving you with lower performance. Some games don't play nice with Crossfire but do support it. You might run into micro-stutter. Things like that. Whenever there's more moving parts (not literally), it's bound to have more issues.

That said, 6870 CF offers incredible performance for the price. It's an excellent option for a low price.
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April 18, 2012 2:04:25 AM

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April 18, 2012 11:56:18 AM

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