Topic Title: GFX upgrade
Topic Summary: More muscle for eyefinity.
Created On: 06/09/2012 04:08 AM
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 06/09/2012 04:08 AM
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Remy540
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I recently setup 3x1 eyefinity on my sig rig using three 22" 1600x1200 LG moniters turned to portrait for 3600x1600. Let me just say WOW! I've been waiting to run eyefinity for a few years and so far it is great. But my 5850s spoiled me at 1920x1080 and now as you can probly guess I have to lower settings in some games (mainly Skyrim). I would like to be able to run Skyrim with the "official" high res texture pack, and max the settings again. Maybe a few mods later on would be nice. Got to have it looking better than it does on the consoles after all .

I try to upgrade every other year or longer it I can fight off the upgrade bug  that long lol. Currently I am looking at going crossfire again with two 7850s. Will they do what I want now and give me a resonable chance of running future games at higher settings till my next upgrade? Also I never noticed micro stutter with my 5850s can I expect the the same from the 7850s?

If anyone wonders why I am looking at the two instead of say one 7970.

1. Cost

2. If I go with a 7970 and want to crossfire later I would need a larger PSU adding to cost.

3. I have two other machines that benifit from the trickle down effect when I upgrade this rig. Neither would put a card that "high-end" to good use, and one would need a PSU upgrade.

I am willing to deal with #1 and throw reasons 2&3 out the window if need be. But I would probly go with a 7950 and crossfire (I think my current PSU can handle two?) later if I need/want too.



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CPU:1090T @ 3927Mhz CPU & 2865Mhz CPU/NB, MB:Asus 990FX Sabertooth, RAM:Corsair Dominator 2x4GB @ 1586Mhz 8-8-8-24 2T, Cooler:ThermalTake Water 2.0 Extreme with Delta fans, GFX:2 Sapphire HD7950 Boost, Drives:1 Crucial M4 256GB, 1 WD Caviar Black 640GB, & 2 DVD, PSU:Seasonic X-1050, Case:HAF-932 upgraded fans, OS:W7 64bit, Display:3x1 Eyefinity @ 3600x1600 and 1 extended

 06/09/2012 07:02 AM
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Hardwood
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Option C:
A pair of 7870's in crossfire is nothing to sneeze at.

http://www.tweaktown.com/revie...cked_review/index.html

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#1: Phenom II C2 955BE @ 3.6, Antec Kuhler 920, Gigabyte GA-MA790FX-DS5, Asus 5870/V2, ASUS Xonar D2X, 4 x 1gig OCZ2N1066SR2GK @800, Antec Truepower New 750, Arc Midi, Win8.1pro x64
#2: MSI A88X-G45, AMD A10-7850K, IGP, AMD 2x4GB 2133 (R938G2130UK), Antec 750 True, 128GB Sandisk SSD, WD Black 1TB, Win8.1pro x64
#3: Athlon 64 X2 4200+, AGP 1950pro, Audigy 2, Asus A8V-D, 2gig ram, Enermax 465P, Antec900case. Now on Win8.1pro cat 10.2

 06/10/2012 03:42 AM
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Remy540
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Thanks for the quick reply Hardwood,

And thanks for the link, been looking for some crossfire reviews. Guess my google skills still need some work! I see you went for the middle ground ehh? Lol I guess you noticed I was worried the 7850s wouldn't be strong enuff and that two 7950s might be overkill in a bad way (cost and performance that I may not put to good use)?

Anyway I originaly intended to watch this thread for at least a week before getting anything but.......... I been watching prices on newegg like a hawk watches a chicken. Ended up ordering two of these.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102983

Yeah I know they're only OCed by 50mhz on the gpu but at $330 they are $20 lower than the ref clocked model and one of the least expensive on newegg atm. Not to mention free shipping, the mail in rebate, and that I was already leaning toward Sapphire this time.

So here's a Newcastle hopefully my second crossfire will run as well as my first.



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CPU:1090T @ 3927Mhz CPU & 2865Mhz CPU/NB, MB:Asus 990FX Sabertooth, RAM:Corsair Dominator 2x4GB @ 1586Mhz 8-8-8-24 2T, Cooler:ThermalTake Water 2.0 Extreme with Delta fans, GFX:2 Sapphire HD7950 Boost, Drives:1 Crucial M4 256GB, 1 WD Caviar Black 640GB, & 2 DVD, PSU:Seasonic X-1050, Case:HAF-932 upgraded fans, OS:W7 64bit, Display:3x1 Eyefinity @ 3600x1600 and 1 extended

 06/10/2012 10:12 AM
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Hardwood
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Ha! I went for middle ground because I had just read that review a few days ago and they seemed to fit your bill.
Check out these drivers for them:
http://downloads.guru3d.com/AM...TA-download-2923.html
There's other links around here. Steveo posted some in the Catalyst section.


Good luck!


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#1: Phenom II C2 955BE @ 3.6, Antec Kuhler 920, Gigabyte GA-MA790FX-DS5, Asus 5870/V2, ASUS Xonar D2X, 4 x 1gig OCZ2N1066SR2GK @800, Antec Truepower New 750, Arc Midi, Win8.1pro x64
#2: MSI A88X-G45, AMD A10-7850K, IGP, AMD 2x4GB 2133 (R938G2130UK), Antec 750 True, 128GB Sandisk SSD, WD Black 1TB, Win8.1pro x64
#3: Athlon 64 X2 4200+, AGP 1950pro, Audigy 2, Asus A8V-D, 2gig ram, Enermax 465P, Antec900case. Now on Win8.1pro cat 10.2

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