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Sapphire 7970 + XFX Double D 7950 Crossfire

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February 12, 2013 7:26:39 PM

So I was running on just the XFX Double D 7950 card, and after having two of them go out on me and sending them in to RMA I decided to try and sell it when they send me a new one back and just buy a sapphire 7970 or try my luck with crossfire.

The benchmarks for crossfire are persuasive, but I'd be really pissed if another one went out on me. Suggestions?

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February 12, 2013 9:18:18 PM

gravytrain said:
So I was running on just the XFX Double D 7950 card, and after having two of them go out on me and sending them in to RMA I decided to try and sell it when they send me a new one back and just buy a sapphire 7970 or try my luck with crossfire.

The benchmarks for crossfire are persuasive, but I'd be really pissed if another one went out on me. Suggestions?


7970 would be a decent upgrade. Also with the new 8000 series cards releasing soon, I would hold off until they are released. Unless its something you do to the card, then you cant control if it breaks or not. What PSU do you have? Having both cards going out doesnt seem like something that happens very often?
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February 12, 2013 9:28:23 PM

yea that is a bit puzzling that they would go out together.
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February 12, 2013 10:42:03 PM

Sorry I wasn't very clear. I orginally had a single 7950 in my rig. It worked for a few months and went out on me. I wasn't sure what the problem was so I sent both my 850W PSU and my 7950 card to XFX RMA. They sent me back a brand new PSU and card. A few weeks later, the card went out again. I sent the card back and ordered a Sapphire 7970 out of frustration and planned on selling the 7950 once they sent it back.

Now I'm contemplating whether or not I should just keep the 7950 and crossfire it with the 7970 or just sell it for about $300.

The 7950 should be here tomorrow, the 7970 should be here Thursday.
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February 12, 2013 11:46:34 PM

I think you would be short selling yourself for 300. Since its a 7900 card you wise as well crossfire it. Unless you can get money back full price money back on one and pocket it.
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February 13, 2013 12:08:55 AM

bigshootr8 said:
I think you would be short selling yourself for 300. Since its a 7900 card you wise as well crossfire it. Unless you can get money back full price money back on one and pocket it.

Yeah I bought the 7950 for $300 so that's what I'd try and sell it for (since they're sending me a brand new one back).

Two things I'm conderned with are
A) Is the performance difference between a single 7970 and a 7970+7950 is worth the $300
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B) Is the stupid 7950 going to break again.
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February 13, 2013 12:25:06 AM

B.) hopefully not never good to deal with RMA's they are a pain.

A.) In a single screen environment overkill unless you are going to 1440p and up
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February 13, 2013 12:26:14 AM

gravytrain said:
Yeah I bought the 7950 for $300 so that's what I'd try and sell it for (since they're sending me a brand new one back).

Two things I'm conderned with are
A) Is the performance difference between a single 7970 and a 7970+7950 is worth the $300
and
B) Is the stupid 7950 going to break again.


You cannot CF a 7950 and a 7970.
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February 13, 2013 12:27:05 AM

abCasPeRR said:
7970 would be a decent upgrade. Also with the new 8000 series cards releasing soon, I would hold off until they are released. Unless its something you do to the card, then you cant control if it breaks or not. What PSU do you have? Having both cards going out doesnt seem like something that happens very often?


8000 cards coming out late 2013. That's not soon. Don't wait for these cards.
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February 13, 2013 12:27:44 AM

You can. You can crossfire any 7900 series card with a 7900 series card. From what I understand. The rules are not the same as Nvidia.
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February 13, 2013 12:30:34 AM

bigshootr8 said:
B.) hopefully not never good to deal with RMA's they are a pain.

A.) In a single screen environment overkill unless you are going to 1440p and up

http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/radeon_hd_7950_cro... is this benchmark accurate? I wouldn't wanna dip below 60fps on BF3, in my experience DayZ is harder to run than BF3 and I'd hate to lose performance there. Or can a single 7970 consistently stay above 60 fps in BF3 now?
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February 13, 2013 12:32:55 AM

bigshootr8 said:
You can. You can crossfire any 7900 series card with a 7900 series card. From what I understand. The rules are not the same as Nvidia.


I stand corrected. It is called Crossfire X when you do that. But it must be the same family, such as a 7950 and a 7970 etc. you cannot CF a 7870 and a 7950. However, it will slow down and degrade the 7970 to the 7950 level so you won't gain anything at all using a 7970 in CF compared to another 7950. In fact, you will be out the extra heat generated by the 7970.
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February 13, 2013 12:34:49 AM

babernet_1 said:
I stand corrected. It is called Crossfire X when you do that. But it must be the same family, such as a 7950 and a 7970 etc. you cannot CF a 7870 and a 7950. However, it will slow down and degrade the 7970 to the 7950 level so you won't gain anything at all using a 7970 in CF compared to another 7950. In fact, you will be out the extra heat generated by the 7970.

This thread says otherwise http://www.overclock.net/t/1220193/crossfiring-between-... not sure if it's true, but yeah.
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February 13, 2013 12:36:55 AM

I would say that the benchmark you linked is probably no longer valid because it was nearly a year ago and with driver updates the performance has been increased immensely with the 7000 series of cards.
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February 13, 2013 1:17:37 AM

bigshootr8 said:
I would say that the benchmark you linked is probably no longer valid because it was nearly a year ago and with driver updates the performance has been increased immensely with the 7000 series of cards.

Where can I get updated benchmarks?
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