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June 12, 2012 11:02:00 PM

Hello forum.

I want to know if it's possible for me to substitute my HD 5830 with two HD6850s. As an alternative choice i can get the HD6970. But main priority is to get the Crossfire. I only have one Crossfire bridge though.

Specs:

Gigabyte GA-P55m-UD2

Intel i7 860

4 GB Ram

ATI HD 5830

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a c 269 U Graphics card
June 12, 2012 11:12:53 PM

I don't think you want crossfire.
Your motherboard will only run the second slot at X4. That is bad for crossfire, slowing down both cards.

A single strong card will be better anyway.
1) It will avoid any microstuttering issues
2) It will not need such a strong psu to run just one card.
3) You will have less case cooling issues.
June 12, 2012 11:15:32 PM

geofelt said:
I don't think you want crossfire.
Your motherboard will only run the second slot at X4. That is bad for crossfire, slowing down both cards.

A single strong card will be better anyway.
1) It will avoid any microstuttering issues
2) It will not need such a strong psu to run just one card.
3) You will have less case cooling issues.


So that means I should go for a single 6970 instead or can you recommend something better for the same price?
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a c 269 U Graphics card
June 12, 2012 11:26:43 PM

Nukeboy814 said:
So that means I should go for a single 6970 instead or can you recommend something better for the same price?


A 6970 goes for $330 or so.; not such a great deal.
An equivalent performing 7850 will be about $250 which is one heck of a better deal.

The GTX570 is also a comparable performer in the $250 range.

Keep your eye out for the GTX660 which should be a good card. specs are unknown ad so are prices. But Nvidia wants to compete better in the $250-$300 range.
June 13, 2012 12:56:59 AM

Is my motherboard Nvidia compatible?
a c 269 U Graphics card
June 13, 2012 1:02:31 AM

Nukeboy814 said:
Is my motherboard Nvidia compatible?


Yes, at least for single graphics cards, they need a x16 pcie graphics slot and sufficient power. It matters not if the card is amd or Nvidia.
Since you are using amd now, a change to nvidia simply means installing the nvidia graphics drivers.
June 13, 2012 1:07:11 AM

geofelt said:
Yes, at least for single graphics cards, they need a x16 pcie graphics slot and sufficient power. It matters not if the card is amd or Nvidia.
Since you are using amd now, a change to nvidia simply means installing the nvidia graphics drivers.


One last question (thanks a lot for the replies btw, they are an amazing help for me):

On the Toms Hardwares review of the HD 7850, it says that it is unable to run some games. is that going to be the same problem for me?
a c 269 U Graphics card
June 13, 2012 1:16:06 AM

Nukeboy814 said:
One last question (thanks a lot for the replies btw, they are an amazing help for me):

On the Toms Hardwares review of the HD 7850, it says that it is unable to run some games. is that going to be the same problem for me?

No guarantees, but I doubt it.
The review was done very early in the product cycle.
Since then, there have been several driver updates which have fixed all sorts of issues.
That is to be expected with any new product.

If you are worried about a particular game, google with the game name, 7850 and "problem"
!