Topic Title: Tri-monitor - Crossfire or new card?
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 01/02/2013 04:41 PM
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boatdrnx
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Currently I have a 6850HD (1GB)running Eyefinity (3 monitors) with Guild Wars 2. As it stands, I am able to play with an acceptable framerate but would like to be able to max my settings.

What would give me the most bang for my buck? Purchase an additional 6850 and run crossfire or buy a single more current card? The new card would need to be less that $200.

I do not plan on upgrading any other hardware aside from the video card.

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Thanks all!!

 01/02/2013 06:12 PM
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You're going to want a pair of 7970s, GW2 is just based on the old GW1 engine which doesn't support Crossfire, and GW2 scales like crap too.

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 01/02/2013 06:34 PM
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Thanks for the reply but from my research Crossfire is supported in GW2 and most report framerate increases. Since Eyefinity has basically upped my resolution from 1600x1200 to 5220x1080, I figured crossfire would absorb the overhead the new resolution is causing.

So again, I have $200 to spend and can either go with the best single card for that price or another 6850 for crossfire. Those are my only two options.

 01/02/2013 08:02 PM
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I have an HD 5970 overclocked to 875/1150 and at 1920x1200 full details I pull anywhere from 35-51FPS, a $200 card isn't going to cut it and neither is Crossfire 6850's at 5220x1080 when, like I said, a single 7970 can't cut 2560x1600. A HD 7970 OC'd to the Ghz edition speeds is twice as powerful as a HD 6950, and over twice as powerful once you factor in non linear scaling and overhead.

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 01/03/2013 12:51 PM
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Thanks for taking the time to reply.

Since I am running 5220x1080 on a single 6850 (1GB) with an acceptable framerate (just not ultra settings in game), adding a 2nd 6850 wouldn't net any additional improvement to framerate even if it is only 10 fps?

What about replacing with a 2GB card?

I just can't justify paying $400 for a new card just to be able to run at max settings or a slight increase in fps.

 01/03/2013 01:47 PM
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A pair of 7970's would be overkill, and it doesn't sound like you're interested in paying for bragging rights anyway.  Running multiple displays from a single card is doable if it's a reasonably fast card.  I'm running three 1920x1080 displays from a single card in my gaming machine, but my card has 4GB onboard instead of 1GB, and I must admit I've gone to the dark side in order to do it.  If you don't want to do that, then I'd say to get another 6850, or just wait and see what the 8000 series brings.

However, both of those options are slightly irritating.  One, because you're sinking more money into hardware that's already a few years old... and the other because you have to wait an indeterminate amount of time on unreleased hardware.



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Edited: 01/03/2013 at 02:29 PM by Mime
 01/03/2013 04:16 PM
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In addition to what Mime and BZ have stated here, you have to take into account if you are going to crossfire your current card you will need to find the same manufacturer and model number card that you currently have to minimize potential conflicts with GPU BIOS not matching up.  Given your card is "oldish" you may wish to sell it, use the money you make from that plus the $200 you are willing to spend out-right to buy a single more powerful card......just a thought.

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 01/03/2013 06:48 PM
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Thanks for the replies all. It sounds like Crossfired 6850 would not be worth it for what my goal is. Plus I didnt mention that I only have a 550 Watt power supply so I would probably need to upgrade that for an addition $100 on top of the second 6850.

Since my framerate believe it or not is acceptable with my single 6850, I will just use that and upgrade the card later.

Thanks!

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