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June 20, 2012 2:20:53 PM

Hi everyone,

I've been doing some research about doing a dual card setup and have been trying to find a way to test myself to see if micro stuttering will bother me before spending money but in all the threads I've read here and elsewhere I can't find any way to do so. From the majority of what I read it seems like most people just dive head long into a dual card setup without a care in the world. I guess most people don't care about wasting their money but I sure as heck don't want to buy 2 cards only to find that micro stuttering is a serious problem for me.

Does anyone know of a way to test yourself to see if micro stuttering might be noticeable to themselves?? I don't know anyone with a 2 card setup so I can't just check it out on someone's setup. There are videos out there that "show" micro stuttering but that's the exact problem. I far as I know, a youtube video running at a few fps does not replicate the experience of seeing it yourself.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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a c 273 U Graphics card
June 20, 2012 2:28:35 PM

Good luck with that, I've been running an SLi setup of some form or another since 2004 and have not had the problem but then I've also read lots of posts and articles about it over the years that give the impression that it's worse than being gang raped by the four horsemen of the apocalypse.
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June 20, 2012 2:53:19 PM

Mousemonkey said:
Good luck with that, I've been running an SLi setup of some form or another since 2004 and have not had the problem but then I've also read lots of posts and articles about it over the years that give the impression that it's worse than being gang raped by the four horsemen of the apocalypse.


Ahahaha, yeaaa, I hate how the general consensus is that it depends a lot on the person :/ 

What kind of setups have you run? I'm mainly looking for the best performing 1920x1080 GPU and based on the "Best Graphics Cards for the Money: May 2012" http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

That would be the 2 x Radeon HD 6850 in CrossFire, that's what go me started on this whole idea of going with 2 cards.

Does the Radeon HD 7870 perform just at well at 1920x1080 as the 6850s in CF do? I was looking at the reviews but the CF review section for the 6850 is pretty lacking. The test settings for AvP which they use in both benchmarks for each GPU aren't a 1:1 comparison :/ 
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a c 273 U Graphics card
June 20, 2012 3:38:08 PM

My personal setups have been 7900GT's, 8800GT's and currently 560Ti's.
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June 21, 2012 11:40:23 AM

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+1000
how true is that bro...

@ drew2u
but it is better to have a single stronger GPU configuration overall and I would take a single HD 7870 over CF-X HD 6850's
since your talking those GPU's specifically.
also let me add that if you have enough CPU strength then SLi and 'micro-stuttering' is really really a non issue.



If I wasn't specifically asking about the HD 7870, which GPU would you recommend for the best performance at 1920x1080? When I say performance I'm taking into consideration cost and raw benchmark numbers. I'm sure that a $1000 gpu would kick @ss but it's not realistic if it's only marginally better than a $300 card, you know what I'm sayin. lol

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Also, this will be a fresh build, probably going to go with a core i5 or i7, do you think that's enough muscle to negate any possible micro stuttering or rather for any GPU recommendation that anyone can make, can you also recommend a CPU that will most likely not hinder it's performance? Thanks!!!
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June 21, 2012 1:29:50 PM

Mousemonkey said:
My personal setups have been 7900GT's, 8800GT's and currently 560Ti's.


Nice, ha, the last time I built a rig was back when the 6000 series was new lol. If you were to upgrade from you 560Ti setup, what would you go with? How much longevity do you think you still have with your 560s?
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a c 273 U Graphics card
June 21, 2012 1:43:08 PM

drew2u said:
Nice, ha, the last time I built a rig was back when the 6000 series was new lol. If you were to upgrade from you 560Ti setup, what would you go with? How much longevity do you think you still have with your 560s?

I'm hoping that the 560 rig will make it through to the Maxwell refresh, even if it were all to go to plan on the first attempt (unlikely but still) by the time the refresh turns up there might be some nice shiny new CPU's to go with them.
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June 21, 2012 3:39:46 PM

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i5 is enough muscle to do whatever you need it to do... :D 
so how much are you trying to spend on just the card, $300.?


Well.. it's still up for debate exactly but how about I break it down into two categories, best GPU for 1920x1080 gaming for <$300 and best GPU for $300 - $400.

Basically I am looking to get a GPU that will run Crisis 2, BF3, Skyrim, etc. (all the really gorgeous games out there) in all their splendor. Can it be done with a sub $400 card? If not, can a card in these prices ranges at least allow me to play with high settings?
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June 21, 2012 3:46:57 PM

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I also have (SLi) MSI N560GTX-Ti Hawk(s) (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
and GTX 560-Ti in SLi go back and forth with GTX 670/680 single card.
more so a GTX 680.
gaming only reference.


Wow, you really do that much hardware swapping on your machine? In you opinion, how do your 560s stack up against the 680? Big improvement?
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June 22, 2012 3:57:14 PM

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just a few quick options to throw at ya:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
XFX Core Edition FX-787A-CNFC Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1573-KR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
EVGA 02G-P4-2670-KR GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16


Nice, Ty for your input. I'll take a look at their benchmarks, availability and prices that I can get any of them at. I would like to go the water cooling route this time around.

Should I just go with whatever card is cheapest since I'll be replacing whatever cooling solution they provide with a water block?

Or rather this is my first thought, figured that I could use water cooling to get a decent overclock out of it
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June 22, 2012 4:35:45 PM

Thanks for all the help! One last off topic question..

I'm gaming on a 42" TV that supports 1080p res, if it doesn't state that it supports higher resolutions such as 2560x1600 then it's pointless to try and play a game at that resolution since it will just resize it right?
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June 22, 2012 10:05:54 PM

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Running 480 SLi, no stutter issues ever...

Did have it with a 6990 and 4870 CFX though... that was on the Phenom II rig however.


Hmm, gotcha, it would be cool if Tom's could do a few tests with deferent CPUs to see how that impacts the effect and also compare a few different card setups as well. It may have already been done.

Anyone see that type of comparison anywhere? Would be a nice comparison to have! Thanks!
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June 25, 2012 1:53:32 AM

Best answer selected by drew2u.
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a c 273 U Graphics card
June 25, 2012 9:38:52 PM

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