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6870 CrossfireX Vs 7870

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May 21, 2012 1:26:45 AM

For About $350 I Can Get A 7870
For About $150 I Can Get A 6870
I Own A Sapphire 6870, Which Is Best To Buy Since I Cant Crossfire My Card With The 7000 Series One.
I Heard Crossfire Only Works In Full Screen Games, Is That True?

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May 21, 2012 4:35:59 AM

Performance wise a 7870 and 2 6870s in Crossfire will be pretty close. The 7870 has the advantage of using less power, generating less heat, and you don't have to worry about Crossfire issues. The 6800 series cards do not have a great reputation when used in Crossfire, as microstuttering seems to be a serious problem with those cards. The 6870 Crossfire has the advantage of being the cheapest solution, though the 7870 while more expensive, probably has the least hassle overall and will be a more reliable setup.

I think dual GPU solutions do only work with games when they are in full screen mode for some reason, so Crossfire may not be the best choice if you really like to play in Windowed mode. You'll have to ask yourself if slightly easier task switching while gaming is worth it or not if you do go the Crossfire route.
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May 21, 2012 4:50:06 AM

Supernova1138 said:
Performance wise a 7870 and 2 6870s in Crossfire will be pretty close. The 7870 has the advantage of using less power, generating less heat, and you don't have to worry about Crossfire issues. The 6800 series cards do not have a great reputation when used in Crossfire, as microstuttering seems to be a serious problem with those cards. The 6870 Crossfire has the advantage of being the cheapest solution, though the 7870 while more expensive, probably has the least hassle overall and will be a more reliable setup.

I think dual GPU solutions do only work with games when they are in full screen mode for some reason, so Crossfire may not be the best choice if you really like to play in Windowed mode. You'll have to ask yourself if slightly easier task switching while gaming is worth it or not if you do go the Crossfire route.

Well, i dont care if it's in full screen or not so... do you think it's worth it?
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May 21, 2012 4:55:09 AM

With the number of problems I've heard people have with 6870 Crossfire, I would say it's probably not worth it. The 7870 is a better choice overall if you can afford it.
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