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660 ti or Cf 5850's

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August 16, 2012 3:01:49 PM

So I'v seen that the 660 ti's are going to be released soon and i'm not sure if swapping out of cf 5850's for a 660 ti would be worth it?
I have no idea how Cf 5850's compare to today's cards.

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August 16, 2012 3:21:39 PM

Pretty sure that 5850 CF is around the 5970 for performance, which is similar to the GTX 580 and thus similar to the GTX 660ti.

I'm guessing that your CF 5850 setup is +/- 10% from the 660ti. If it were me, I'd switch just so as to get rid of stuttering and driver issues inherent in a multi-GPU config .
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August 16, 2012 3:26:35 PM

I don't think it is worth it. I thought that crossfire 5850/5870 traded blows with single 7970.

edit: if it is working fine now then there is no need to change.

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August 16, 2012 3:30:32 PM

OP, could you run your setup through a benchmark like 3dmark11 or something? Would be helpful to compare your setup to today's cards.

I doubt 5850 CF is as strong as a 7970, since that would mean that 5850 CF would have to be significantly stronger than the 5970 (I don't remember it being that strong but could be wrong).
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August 16, 2012 3:35:06 PM

BigMack70 said:
OP, could you run your setup through a benchmark like 3dmark11 or something? Would be helpful to compare your setup to today's cards.

I doubt 5850 CF is as strong as a 7970, since that would mean that 5850 CF would have to be significantly stronger than the 5970 (I don't remember it being that strong but could be wrong).


Sorry I don't have 3dmark11 >.< but the main reason why i'm wanting to upgrade is because not many games really support crossfire fully.
Cod4 will only make my GPU's run at about 25-40% each so i'm not getting what I pay for.
I also don't want to be losing that much performance either, http://www.joystiq.com/2012/08/16/borderlands-2-bundled...
The video makes it seem like Physx is really going to be used in the future.
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August 16, 2012 3:37:42 PM

Nevermind it is definitely not as strong as a 7970. (searched around on the internet)

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August 16, 2012 3:38:49 PM

Get a GTX 670 :) , there is no need to buy the "weakened" version of it (660ti).

edit: actually the difference between a 660ti and a 670 is not that big. If the difference in price is a lot you might better end up with a 660ti.
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August 16, 2012 3:47:33 PM

PhysX is polluted by a bunch of marketing BS from Nvidia.

If you are looking to dump a ton of time into a game that uses PhysX well, then you should absolutely have an Nvidia card. However, don't buy the marketing garbage - few games use PhysX and only a couple actually use it for anything meaningful.

The crossfire problems are what I expected and why I recommend going with a single GPU 660ti. (I'll be going to a single GPU once one exists that does 7970 CF performance, for the reasons you've stated)

I'd say grab this one for $300:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 16, 2012 3:48:54 PM

COD4 is a DX9 game that really isn't that demanding. If you game at or above 1600 resolution I would get the new card. I have a 5850 and if it's a 1gig card it's not worth cross firing. you're still limited by the 1gig frame buffer. start playing DX10/11 games @ 1600 or above and run with any kind of decent settings the card/s will spit and sputter as the card/s need to off load.
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August 16, 2012 3:52:43 PM

fastreaction said:
Get a GTX 670 :) , there is no need to buy the "weakened" version of it (660ti).

edit: actually the difference between a 660ti and a 670 is not that big. If the difference in price is a lot you might better end up with a 660ti.
- Fastreaction

Alright GTX 660 ti it is then.
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August 16, 2012 3:56:58 PM

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August 16, 2012 7:00:03 PM

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