I recently purchased a hd 6950(Don't have plans on refunding/selling it) and I have a question between 2 options. One would be to keep the single 6950 for 2-3 years then upgrade it to a better one. The other would be to get another 6950 and upgrade in like 5-6 years. Although I heard some downsides to crossfire, such as not being compatible with all games, and heat problems, because they sit pretty close together. Any suggestions?
Thanks for the reply. I have the sapphire 2gb 6950 oc edition with 2 fans. And is microstuttering still an issue? I saw people write about it in the found but that was a year ago. Have any drivers been released for it?
It really depends on the games you play.I could see a 6950 crossfire lasting about 4 years but that would be the max.By then it would be acting like a single mid range card at that current time.
Your current Sapphire card is an aftermarket version and with a very good cooler.If you find another aftermarket version you shouldn't have any heat problems.
I never heard anything about the 69xx series having micro-stutter.I believe it was the 6870's that had micro-stuttering problems in crossfire.I own a 6870 crossfire and I don't get micro-stutter.I'm pretty sure they released a driver with a fix.But as I said it was for the 6870 not the 6950.
you do realize the second slot is 4x right ? and with the hardware you have, even with a monitor upgrade, the system should run fine with 1 card for a while. by then something new and faster at a reasonable price will be out for you to upgrade to.
Edit: "not to mention it just doesnt matter, because the secondary cards dont run their bandwidth via the slot. they simply dont need to move as much data (remember crossfire/SLI bridges? they exist for a reason)"
Is that true?
Running a 6950 @ x4 you loose about 10%-15% of the performance,depending on the game.Personally I wouldn't do it but it's your decision.Just remember that your paying $150 for something your only going to get $100 worth.
just stick with the single gpu, so you are always compatible with new/old games and then upgrade to a more powerful single gpu.
I was running dual 6950s (at 16x/8x), one failed (died) on me so I ended up replacing them with a gtx 670 (performance wise I switched from dual gpus to a single gpu and kept the same performance) E.G. a single more powerful gpu. Currently running two 670s ;o