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Hi,

I can't afford a second 5970, they still cost almost as much here as when I bought mine about a year ago.

I think I've read I can crossfireX everything from the 5xxx series with each other. If that's true, what would you recommend and is it also possible to use a nVidia card instead of an AMD card? I read that's possible with hacked drivers, if you want PhysX with your AMD card. Is this solely possible for PhysX or can I also use an nVidia card for general graphics acceleration?

So, what can you recommend? Would a 5770 already bring a noticeable fps boost?

Thanks a lot.


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You'll want a 5850 or a 5870 to go Tri Fire with. Anything less won't even work (a 5830 might, but it would slow down your 5970 too much).

And adding an Nvidia card DOES work, but ONLY for PhysX or folding. You cannot process 3D Acceleration (gaming) on an ATI and Nvidia card at the same time.
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If you're playing physx games then an nvidia card will help. Check out the link in my sig for some more information.
If you aren't playing physx games then getting an nvidia card will be useless. The way to increase FPS then would be to get a 5870 or another 5970. The 5870 would give you tri-fire and the 5970 would give you quad.
    
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A used HD5870 would give a nice FPS boost.
    
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You'll want a 5850 or a 5870 to go Tri Fire with. Anything less won't even work (a 5830 might, but it would slow down your 5970 too much).

And adding an Nvidia card DOES work, but ONLY for PhysX or folding. You cannot process 3D Acceleration (gaming) on an ATI and Nvidia card at the same time.
Thanks. Would the 1GB 5870 be enough or should I get the vastly more expensive 2GB model?

Does this work plug and play or do I still need some special drivers, since it's not a 5970. I guess the brand of the card doesn't matter?
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Thanks. Would the 1GB 5870 be enough or should I get the vastly more expensive 2GB model?

Does this work plug and play or do I still need some special drivers, since it's not a 5970. I guess the brand of the card doesn't matter?
Get the hd5870 1gb model,you can pick any brand,
when you run it with a hd5970,the hd5870 will downclock to 725mhz but still you'll get significant performence increase,hope this helps.
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Thanks. Would the 1GB 5870 be enough or should I get the vastly more expensive 2GB model?

Does this work plug and play or do I still need some special drivers, since it's not a 5970. I guess the brand of the card doesn't matter?
A 1GB would be plenty, since your current 5970 is technically 2x 1GB 5870's in Crossfire already. You have a "2GB" 5970, but you ACTUALLY only have 1GB of VRAM to use because of how crossfire works. So a 1GB card will not hurt anything at all.

You can get a 5850, but lose out on some potential performance. Or you can get a 5870 and have true Tri Fire 5870's. The 5870 would get my vote as it will match up better and easier.

It SHOULD just be plug and play. But you MIGHT need to reinstall the drivers. I know with Nvidia cards is straight plug and play. It's been a little while since I've had red in my system (ATI).

And no, brand doesn't matter in the slightest. Only thing that matters is that its a 5870 (or a 5850 if you don't mind a slight performance hit from it). That's literally the ONLY thing that matters.

You COULD also get another 5970 too for Quadfire, but you usually won't see much past tri fire anyway performance wise.
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A 1GB would be plenty, since your current 5970 is technically 2x 1GB 5870's in Crossfire already. You have a "2GB" 5970, but you ACTUALLY only have 1GB of VRAM to use because of how crossfire works. So a 1GB card will not hurt anything at all.

You can get a 5850, but lose out on some potential performance. Or you can get a 5870 and have true Tri Fire 5870's. The 5870 would get my vote as it will match up better and easier.

It SHOULD just be plug and play. But you MIGHT need to reinstall the drivers. I know with Nvidia cards is straight plug and play. It's been a little while since I've had red in my system (ATI).

And no, brand doesn't matter in the slightest. Only thing that matters is that its a 5870 (or a 5850 if you don't mind a slight performance hit from it). That's literally the ONLY thing that matters.

You COULD also get another 5970 too for Quadfire, but you usually won't see much past tri fire anyway performance wise.
I agree with almost everything.

Grab an HD5870 1GB, then OC the HD5970 to 5870 clocks, and you'll have an HD5870 Tri-Fire.

Or, have you considered selling the HD5970 and grabbing an HD6990?
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I agree with almost everything.

Grab an HD5870 1GB, then OC the HD5970 to 5870 clocks, and you'll have an HD5870 Tri-Fire.

Or, have you considered selling the HD5970 and grabbing an HD6990?
Selling where and to whom? I've never sold something via eBay, I wouldn't know how to design the offer.

Does the 6xxx series have a lot of new features, that would justify the price for a switch from the 5xxx series?
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The improved tessellation and improved scaling alone will provide a very decent boost in performance.

Not to mention the vast superiority of the core.


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