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Can I link amd radeon sapphire 7870 and amd radeon hd 7700 w/crossfire

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January 27, 2013 2:39:28 AM

^Topic?

I do know that my motherboard (asus M5A97R2.0) supports crossfire, and currently the HD 7700 is what I have. I am thinking of getting a sapphire 7870 to be my primary, and link the 2 through crossfire. Is this possible? I checked the crossfire faq, but didn't see the sapphire or the 7700 (only 7770) on the chart.
January 27, 2013 3:13:16 AM

Ok, so after another hour of research, if found on AMD's tech support site that you CAN crossfire two different cards with different speeds, BUT doing so will cause the higher end card to run at the speed of the lower card.

What I still need to know at this point is if there are any issues with compatibility between the sapphire and the HD 7700, and if not (or unknown), then is the drop in performance with the sapphire so significant that it makes Xfiring the two completely pointless, OR will it still boost the overall performance?

Thanks for any info.
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January 27, 2013 3:17:46 AM

it won't be possible to crossfire between the hd7770 and hd7870, in order for crossfire to work, the cards have to be from the same series
ie. hd77xx, 78xx (only first 2 digits are important here)
in other words, you can crossfire the hd7870 only with a hd 7870 or a hd7850. The hd 7770 is from a different series and you can only crossfire it with another hd7770 or a hd7750.

You best bet would be to get another hd7770 to crossfire or sell your hd7770 and get a hd7870/7950
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January 27, 2013 3:28:56 AM

ahhhh. so when the tech support faq said it lowers the performance, it STILL meant within the same series. so a 7870 Xfir'd with a 7850 would run at 7850.

Thanks, you saved me from making a potentially bad trade, based on hours of searching and coming up with a half correct answer.

Thanks a lot!

PS: Thanks!
PSS: Arigato Gozaimas
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January 27, 2013 11:51:37 AM

ryukage said:
ahhhh. so when the tech support faq said it lowers the performance, it STILL meant within the same series. so a 7870 Xfir'd with a 7850 would run at 7850.


That is correct.


ryukage said:
Thanks, you saved me from making a potentially bad trade, based on hours of searching and coming up with a half correct answer.

Thanks a lot!

PS: Thanks!
PSS: Arigato Gozaimas


glad to be able to help :) 
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