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What's better, two cards in CF, or one higher-end card?

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July 28, 2012 5:18:18 AM

Just out of curiosity, what would run better/fast/higher settings/more FPS, two of these

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or one of these

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Only one monitor. No eyefinity.

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July 28, 2012 5:29:57 AM

The 7870 for sure.
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July 28, 2012 5:36:22 AM

Well the two 7770's would be faster but the 7870 is a better option since it has an upgrade path (CF) unlike the 7770's because you've already crossfired them
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a b U Graphics card
July 28, 2012 5:41:55 AM

I'm not even sure the 7770s would be faster and if it is, not by much. Also you won't have to deal with xfire driver issues, extra heat/noise.

You could save a few and get http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... The his iceq x cooler is one of the best cooling and noise wise.
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July 28, 2012 5:53:59 AM

The 7870 would be the better choice imo. Less power and heat and less issues as well as more compatability.
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a b U Graphics card
July 28, 2012 9:38:56 AM

If a game does not support crossfire. You are ****. You get what I mean =P
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July 28, 2012 10:03:40 AM

As the others said.......
If X-F (or SLI) does not significantly improve enough of your current gameplay over any single-card equivalent - for the same purchase price! - then go for the single card with all it's power/expansion/etc advantages.
As fastreaction said - not all games (near future included) scale well (i.e. gameplay improves) with multiple cards.
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a b U Graphics card
July 28, 2012 10:09:29 AM

It's generally not the best idea to CF/SLI low end cards as you will be yearning for more in the future. Also lower end cards tend to suffer from micro-stuttering more frequently then higher end GPU's. With the options you presented us, I would suggest the single more powerful card as you can add another for even more graphics punch in the future.
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July 28, 2012 11:38:40 AM

Always go single-card if possible.

Why?
-Lower power consumption
-Easier to upgrade (it's hard to sell 2 old low-end cards, and if you absolutely want to you can add another card in the future, since you already haven't used CF/SLI)
-Less problems
-Not all games utilize CF/SLI 100%
-You can get a lower-W PSU -> saves you $
-Less stuttering with single-card
and so on

Go single card :) 
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a b U Graphics card
July 28, 2012 12:14:40 PM

nafoni said:
Always go single-card if possible.

Why?
-Lower power consumption
-Easier to upgrade (it's hard to sell 2 old low-end cards, and if you absolutely want to you can add another card in the future, since you already haven't used CF/SLI)
-Less problems
-Not all games utilize CF/SLI 100%
-You can get a lower-W PSU -> saves you $
-Less stuttering with single-card
and so on

Go single card :) 

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I have nothing to add, this answer covers what I was going to say.
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July 28, 2012 12:25:51 PM

nafoni said:
Always go single-card if possible.

Why?
-Lower power consumption
-Easier to upgrade (it's hard to sell 2 old low-end cards, and if you absolutely want to you can add another card in the future, since you already haven't used CF/SLI)
-Less problems
-Not all games utilize CF/SLI 100%
-You can get a lower-W PSU -> saves you $
-Less stuttering with single-card
and so on

Go single card :) 


As Urban said, this covers it. Never a good idea to crossfire low end cards.

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July 28, 2012 7:23:48 PM

nafoni said:
Always go single-card if possible.

Why?
-Lower power consumption
-Easier to upgrade (it's hard to sell 2 old low-end cards, and if you absolutely want to you can add another card in the future, since you already haven't used CF/SLI)
-Less problems
-Not all games utilize CF/SLI 100%
-You can get a lower-W PSU -> saves you $
-Less stuttering with single-card
and so on

Go single card :) 


Kinda sums up why single card is better than dual cards completely.
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