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I currently have a 5870 that i bought with the intentions of crossfiring at some point. However Ive noticed that AMD has devoted all of their attention to optimizing their 6xxx series cards in their driver updates and are showing very little love for the older cards now.

I know that the 6 series scales better than the 5 series. I also know that tessellation is better in the 6 series as well.

Right now I can grab another 5870 from Frys for $219, a pair of XFX 6850s will run me 320 after rebate. Im not really looking at the 6870 as the gains dont seem to be enough to justify the higher cost (approx $20-$30 per card for gains of less than 7 frames in most cases).

My biggest concern at the moment is that I will buy a game in the future that two 5870s in CF wont play well with and be forced to use only one card, while the issue is either nonexistent or quickly remedied in the 6xxx series.
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I think you should sell your 5870 and buy a single GTX580 or 6970. Single gpus usally have less problems than multiple ones at the driver level.
    
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Isn't going from a 58XX to a 68XX card setup a downgrade? Personally I'd just grab a 2nd 5870.

They're still amazingly powerful cards, more or less on par with the 6950.

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Edited by Booty Warrior - 5/7/11 at 7:54am
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You should be able to play games just fine for the next year or so. I'd say hold out until the 7xxx series and then pick up a card. A single 5870 has plenty of power at the moment; upgrading would be costly and going crossfire would only benefit a few games (it still has more power than most games need at 1080p).

If you ever do see that you need a performance boost, then you should upgrade. Otherwise, unless you're just rolling in money, it's a bit of a waste.
Edited by Mithrandir8 - 5/7/11 at 8:14am
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Originally Posted by Mithrandir8;13416401 
You should be able to play games just fine for the next year or so. I'd say hold out until the 7xxx series and then pick up a card. A single 5870 has plenty of power at the moment; upgrading would be costly and going crossfire probably wouldn't give you noticeable results at the moment.

If you ever do see that you need a performance boost, then you should upgrade. Otherwise, unless you're just rolling in money, it's a bit of a waste.
Was crossfire scaling on the 5000 series really that bad? wth.gif
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2nd 5870 or just wait until the new cards come out. I had a 58xx cf setup, I tried 6870cf. I wish I still had my ref 58 series cards.
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You should be able to pick up a used 5870 for around $175. I would roll with that setup for another 6 months or until the next gen of cards come out, and see whats what then.
No huge reason to go from 5 series to 6 series.
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At this point in time, upgrading to a 6870 is actually a step back in terms of performance. Anything higher in the HD6XX0 line, will actually still be a multiple GPU setup, just in a single card solution. That means any issues with CF that you are concerned about, will still be an issue. HD6950, HD6970, and HD6990 are single card CF solutions, so any microstuttering or graphical issues caused by lack of driver or game optimization will still be there. Your best bet if you HAVE to upgrade would be to get a GTX570 or GTX580. Those cards are both faster and still provide a single GPU single card solution.
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a 6950 and 6970 are single gpu single slot cards....the 6990 is a dual gpu single slot card.

By single slot, I mean single card smile.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by OC'ing Noob;13416452 
At this point in time, upgrading to a 6870 is actually a step back in terms of performance. Anything higher in the HD6XX0 line, will actually still be a multiple GPU setup, just in a single card solution. That means any issues with CF that you are concerned about, will still be an issue. HD6950, HD6970, and HD6990 are single card CF solutions, so any microstuttering or graphical issues caused by lack of driver or game optimization will still be there. Your best bet if you HAVE to upgrade would be to get a GTX570 or GTX580. Those cards are both faster and still provide a single GPU single card solution.
What are you talking about? The 6950 and 6970 are single GPU cards. kookoo.gif
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