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 06/16/2014 02:55 PM
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davidst99
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Hi,

I have a Dell U3011 30" 2560x1600 monitor.   I currently have a R9 290x video card.   Would it make sense to get a second card?   My friend is selling his R9 290x for $300.   Thanks.

David

 06/16/2014 04:42 PM
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Originally posted by: davidst99 Hi,

 

I have a Dell U3011 30" 2560x1600 monitor.   I currently have a R9 290x video card.   Would it make sense to get a second card?   My friend is selling his R9 290x for $300.   Thanks.

 

David

 

 

Could you get me his number ? Like NOW ?

 

I think i just answered you.



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 06/16/2014 04:45 PM
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Does he sell his 1000w gold cert. PSU as well ?

You are gonna need it for these beasts.



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 06/16/2014 04:47 PM
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That depends on a lot of things...power being the main one. Also, do yourself a favor and google 'crossfire problems' and SLI problems'. A good single card like the 290x does not need anything else to play modern games at the highest settings. Why burden yourself with crossfire?



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 06/16/2014 05:02 PM
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Originally posted by: backFireX64 Does he sell his 1000w gold cert. PSU as well ?

 

You are gonna need it for these beasts.

 

Thanks for the reply.  I purchased a Seasonic 1250W awhile ago just in case I do crossfire.

 06/16/2014 05:02 PM
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Originally posted by: stumped That depends on a lot of things...power being the main one. Also, do yourself a favor and google 'crossfire problems' and SLI problems'. A good single card like the 290x does not need anything else to play modern games at the highest settings. Why burden yourself with crossfire?

 

 

But, but................... at $300 it's a bargain, man.

I nearly cried over that information alone, you know ?

 

Though, crossfire can also get you tears in the eyes ...... i surely agree with that.



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 06/16/2014 05:03 PM
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Originally posted by: stumped That depends on a lot of things...power being the main one. Also, do yourself a favor and google 'crossfire problems' and SLI problems'. A good single card like the 290x does not need anything else to play modern games at the highest settings. Why burden yourself with crossfire?

 

 

Thanks for the reply.   I will serach Google about the issues.   I plan on getting a 4k monitor in the next year or two once the higher ends come down to practical prices.

 06/16/2014 05:06 PM
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Originally posted by: davidst99
Originally posted by: backFireX64 Does he sell his 1000w gold cert. PSU as well ?

 

 

 

You are gonna need it for these beasts. [IMG][/IMG]

 

 

 

 

Thanks for the reply.  I purchased a Seasonic 1250W awhile ago just in case I do crossfire.

 

 

Then go all the way to trifire !!!

 

And afterwars, you can fill a whole page with posts on the crossfire section of this forum, like stumped hinted, and we can arrogantly say: told you !

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 06/17/2014 10:32 AM
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Hi,

I searched google about what negative aspects about crossfire.   Could you tell me why it's not a good idea?   Thanks.

David

 06/17/2014 10:47 AM
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Just peruse the threads in this forum.  It varies greatly by person.  For me, I have 2 7970s (equivalent to the 280x) and I could not do without them.  For me, for some games, one 7970 would not be enough (Tomb Raider with Tress FX; Crysis 3).  On the other hand, I also have three (3) games that will not run correctly in Crossfire (Max Payne 3, Crysis 2, and Assassins Creed III) but one 7970 can chew through those with everything max'd out.  So you can see it varies by game.  I game at 1920x1080.  If I were looking at 2560x1600 or a 4K monitor, no way would only one of my 7970s be adequate even though they're OC'd to 1100/5000.  Just speaking for myself, I would get the second 290x if for no other reason than you've got it available if needed and if a particular game gives you trouble you can always disable Crossfire in Catalyst Control Center.



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 06/17/2014 11:00 AM
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Originally posted by: davidst99 Hi,

 

I searched google about what negative aspects about crossfire.   Could you tell me why it's not a good idea?   Thanks.

 

David

 

 

Don't get me wrong. I love crossfire. It usually can have an up to 90% scaling.

 

Why would it give me trouble , you ask ?

 

One word: microstutter

Google it and you will find lot's of debates about it.



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 06/17/2014 05:06 PM
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I would say no. Yes it may be a good deal, a 290X for $300, but given how hit and miss Crossfire and SLI are these days, and how a single 290X has the power to drive a 4K monitor, and how it is not unreasonable to expect the top end graphics card in two years to be at least 150% as powerful as the 290X, you're better off saving that $300, selling the 290X in two years, and buying a new card (presumably they will call it the 490X) then.

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 06/17/2014 07:24 PM
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$300 for a R9 290X is quite a deal, and your resolution has clear benefits in the majority of games, with Crossfire, and you already have the PSU for it.

I say go for it, and this is coming from someone that already has 3 R9 290Xs and regularly tests them/uses them in Crossfire/TriFire.

 

Also for those saying resale value is something to consider: he's getting it used for $300, 2 years from now it'll likely sell for $200... and he's gonna get way more than $100 use out of it.

For reference: I bought all 3 of my R9 290Xs used/from EBay new, spent under $1k total.  The HD 7970 I sold, which was in pristine condition cuz I take great care of my hardware, went from $200 BIN priced, just the other day... and that card was 2 years old.



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 06/17/2014 07:57 PM
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I paid $550, including next day shipping, for my HD 5970 reference edition. Two years later I bought a HD 7970 Ghz Edition, which has more power, brand new, and ended up about breaking even.

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Yeah but the advancements we saw between the 59xx-series and the 79xx-series aren't likely to happen between generations this time.  Even on NVidia's side, going from the 280 to the 480/580 series was a huge leap that hadn't been seen before in terms of performance gains.

I think more than likely it'll be 3 years or a bit more before something comes out that outperform 2 R9 290Xs in single GPU form at the resolution we're talking about here, which is 2560x1600.



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 06/18/2014 06:10 AM
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If the card is in good working order, get it.  There's no shortage of games that can chew up any single card at the highest settings on a 2560x1600 screen, nevermind 4K.

 

 06/18/2014 08:39 AM
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I think more than likely it'll be 3 years or a bit more before something comes out that outperform 2 R9 290Xs in single GPU form at the resolution we're talking about here, which is 2560x1600.

 

 

Yes, i kinda think so too.

I don't see 20nm or less manufacturing prosessing any time soon, either ....

 

But, i would gladly take the surprise.



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 06/18/2014 06:26 PM
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Thanks for all the replies and suggestions.   I think I'm going to buy the second card.  I would like to max out the settings in my games at 25600x1600 and I'm having a hard time doing it with a signal card.  Also, I already bought the bigger PSU in order to support it.    I think I can sell the card a couple of years for a decent amount.   At least that's what I been doing with my previous video cards.   Thanks again.

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 06/18/2014 06:35 PM
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Originally posted by: davidst99 Thanks for all the replies and suggestions.   I think I'm going to buy the second card.  I would like to max out the settings in my games at 25600x1600 and I'm having a hard time doing it with a signal card.  Also, I already bought the bigger PSU in order to support it.    I think I can sell the card a couple of years for a decent amount.   At least that's what I been doing with my previous video cards.   Thanks again.

 

David

 

 

And if you somehow are not satisfied with crossfirex scaling then you can always sell it to me for, let's say......................................................................................... $270 ?



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 06/19/2014 02:18 AM
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Originally posted by: backFireX64  

 

 

 

And if you somehow are not satisfied with crossfirex scaling then you can always sell it to me for, let's say......................................................................................... $270 ?

 

I've got my 2 XFX Core Edition R9 290Xs on EBay right now for a little more than that... got a second Aftermarket cooler card secured so I'm sellin' the Cores.  Gonna be running a Gigabyte WindForce & VisionTek 900654 aftermarket cooler cards in Crossfire :-D



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