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Another 7970 or 7850 crossfire thread...For Crysis3 mainly

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March 2, 2013 3:47:21 AM

I know there have probably been a million of these threads already... however I'm looking to get a couple opinions for my individual circumstance to sway me one way or the other.

So the question is simple: should I get another 7850, or go through the hassle of selling the 7850 and getting a 7970?

For anyone who actually has a 7850 crossfire setup your feedback would be most helpful. I play games like bf3, far cry 3, Crysis 3. I am mainly looking to do this because I would like a bit better performance for Crysis 3.

From what I have found the 7850's struggle in crossfire for Crysis 3 compared to the 7970 but I cannot confirm that. As of right now I'm getting pretty good performance with a single 7850 with Crysis 3. I'm getting occasional dips below 30 fps, but mostly it runs 30-40 fps with everything on ultra 2x msaa which is pretty good but would really like to get that 40 fps minimum.

Thanks in advance for any insight
March 3, 2013 1:45:06 AM

After reading this article http://techreport.com/review/23981 [...] -revisited seems like a gtx 670 or 680 give smoother fps because of latency issues with current ati cards.
Anyone have any thoughts to chime in with?
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March 3, 2013 2:02:12 AM

did you try updating to Beta drivers? supposed to be up to 15 percent increase in crysis with more to come soon. or you could just change to fxaa anti aliasing.
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March 3, 2013 2:09:23 AM

cdrkeen said:
After reading this article http://techreport.com/review/23981 [...] -revisited seems like a gtx 670 or 680 give smoother fps because of latency issues with current ati cards.
Anyone have any thoughts to chime in with?


Its called nvidia fanboy's grasping at straws to make it seem like they didnt get there butts handed to them by ati this generation.
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March 3, 2013 3:14:29 AM

spartansociety said:
did you try updating to Beta drivers? supposed to be up to 15 percent increase in crysis with more to come soon. or you could just change to fxaa anti aliasing.


It's weird for me though no aa, fxaa or 2xmsaa the fps is almost identical on all three settings so I just left it at 2xmsaa. Yes I did update to the new driver 13.2 beta6 for a time but I could not get into bf3 it would give me the ati display driver failure message. so I reverted back to 13.1
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March 3, 2013 3:19:03 AM

so anyway should I go crossfire or sell the 7850 and get a 7970? Is there really micro-stuttering, or is that a myth?
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March 3, 2013 3:21:28 AM

when in doubt, I would always go with a single card. micro-stuttering is not a myth, but some people are more sensitive to it than others (just like how some people can't see the difference between 60hz vs 120hz). as for the 7970, check out the benchmarks here:

http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/crysis_3_graphics_...

it handles crysis 3 just fine :) 
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March 3, 2013 3:24:59 AM

Yeah I hear you on that, I just would prefer to not go through selling a 7850 to get a 7970 if the microstuttering isn't that bad and if crysis 3 scales well with crossfire. I can't seem to find anywhere that confirms 7850 crossfire performance for crysis 3. I've seen some amatuer youtube videos but they don't seem to be getting any better minimum fps that I am with a single card
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March 3, 2013 4:06:56 AM

I will probably just pick up a second 7850 at micro center to see how it performs if I don't like it I can just return it, they have a very good return policy.

I will report back with the results so anyone else debating the same thing can get an answer
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March 3, 2013 5:23:16 PM

cdrkeen said:
I will probably just pick up a second 7850 at micro center to see how it performs if I don't like it I can just return it, they have a very good return policy.

I will report back with the results so anyone else debating the same thing can get an answer



makes sense, report back and let us know. on a single screen the 2GB of VRAM on a 7850 should be fine. if you overclock a little you should get very good performance. again, microstuttering can only be studied on a case by case basis, so hopefully you won't get any or you're just someone who don't notice it :kaola: 

no worries, I hardly notice it myself on my old 6870 xfire set up. didn't even know I was having it until a few friends came by lol
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March 5, 2013 10:30:19 PM

well I didn't get a chance to get over to buy a second 7850 yet... The more I think about it the more buying a single 7950 and oc'ing seems like the better idea no fuss with the ati drivers not supporting crossfire. Also since I already have crysis 3 I can sell the extra copy to make it cost only $60ish for the upgrade after selling the 7850
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