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December 11, 2012 1:00:12 PM

Hi all, been doing lots of reading over the last 2 days without getting anywhere, my problem is, my crossfire doesn't seem to do anything, I've taken both cards out and swapped them round tried them on their own, they both work fine, FRAPS is telling me I'm getting 60 fps when playing fifa 13, 60fps operation flashpoint red river , and 60 fps F1 2012, even in game on F1 2012 you can run a benchmark test and that's telling me 'you guessed it' 60 fps, I repeat all of the above but with crossfire enabled and the results are the same, which says to me only 1 card is being used "but what do I know"

my system setup is

i7 930 o/c to 3.6ghz

P6X58D-E motherboard

6gb ram

2x 5870 1gb graphic cards

corsair HX 750w power supply

running it on a ips led monitor @ 1920x1080


hope someone can help. thanks

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December 11, 2012 3:51:06 PM

just found out it could be my monitor, is that right
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December 11, 2012 4:11:43 PM

It just sounds like you have v-sync on. Unless you have a 120hz monitor, 60fps is perfect for your monitor. Turn off v-sync and you should see your frames above 60fps bouncing around.
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December 11, 2012 4:21:58 PM

You most likely have V-sinc enabled in your games which locks it at 60 FPS or lower. Its a simple fix if you really want to see how high your fps can go but once above 60 it might cause skipped frames to show because your monitor won't keep up with it.
December 12, 2012 7:07:57 AM

Thanks for both your answers, yep that worked, now getting around the 180fps mark in Fifa 13 and 90 in red river, not sure I need them sort of fps? don't suppose you know, but would a 120hz monitor be a noticeable difference, or would I be better off with 2560x1440 monitor, and if I did upgrade to either of those types would I then need a better graphics card, I'm a bit of a graphics whore!
December 12, 2012 4:07:36 PM

Some people don't like the look of a 120hz tv/monitor. For me it seems more clear than a 60hz. The only thing that I don't like about a 120hz is that if your watching it to long you can start to see when it crams a second frame in the same cycle.

But with the 1440p monitor you might be having to turn down your graphics and some games don't like that resolution, meaning they don't have that in the population list.
December 13, 2012 9:34:32 AM

drinkingcola86 said:
Some people don't like the look of a 120hz tv/monitor. For me it seems more clear than a 60hz. The only thing that I don't like about a 120hz is that if your watching it to long you can start to see when it crams a second frame in the same cycle.

But with the 1440p monitor you might be having to turn down your graphics and some games don't like that resolution, meaning they don't have that in the population list.



cheers, thanks for taking your time to help, maybe my setup is just fine for gaming, and could save me a lot of cash!
December 13, 2012 8:00:15 PM

The only limitation that I see you having is the 1gig vram. The reason why is because as games get more detail it uses more vram. However, for you I don't think that will be coming with in the next year.
December 16, 2012 8:27:07 AM

drinkingcola86 said:
The only limitation that I see you having is the 1gig vram. The reason why is because as games get more detail it uses more vram. However, for you I don't think that will be coming with in the next year.


I have 2 5870's in at the mo and would like to up that to a Rad HD 7870, which would give me 2GB GDDR5, would that be a better improvement. thanks again
December 16, 2012 4:34:45 PM

It would be an upgrade but I would be sure of what caliber. If your still running things on high then you will be able to with the 7870 but also with 4xAA included on most if not all games. If your really wanting to see a difference your step should be a 7950 but then again what I've seen with the specs on the 8870 it would almost be worth the wait. The new cards usually come out in January/February.
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