Originally Posted by WildEast;13439055
I've been reading a lot about it and that it happens in every xfire/sli rig, how much of impact do you (xfire users, especially 6xxx series) get on games? I play some games on a high competitive level (css/tf2) but I want to know if xfire will make any stutters that'll affect gameplay.
I've been able to completely max out Source games (ie everything cranked up, including 16xAF/16xAA) on a 60Hz monitor with a single GPU since my Radeon 5850, and this includes running the games on my 2560x1440 U2711.
And I can still max out the latest Source game, Portal 2, on my 1080p 120Hz monitor and consistently average above 120fps with a single GPU.
Unless you're looking to drive a 2560x monitor or an Eyefinity setup I'd really recommend against going with a multi GPU setup if competitive Source games are your priority.
Originally Posted by Doogiehouser;13439072
Micro-stuttering is practically a thing of the past, you shouldn't have to worry at all.
No, it is definitely not
a thing of the past. I moved away from SLI GTX470s to a single GTX580 partly because of it.
The only way to completely avoid microstutter is to have enough GPU power to never drop below the monitor's refresh rate and turn vsync on. This is acceptable for certain games but definitely not what I'd call desirable for competitive shooters like CSS or TF2.
There's always going to be inherent lag with alternate frame rendering used by CF/SLI, add that on top of the lag introduced by vsync and its a double whammy.