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After taking a look at that, I'm having a hard time justifying getting a 580 at this point...

Does anyone know, based on personal experience, is Crossfire as much of a headache as I've been reading?
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After taking a look at that, I'm having a hard time justifying getting a 580 at this point...

Does anyone know, based on personal experience, is Crossfire as much of a headache as I've been reading?
If it's anything like SLI then no, it should be a walk in the park.

The hardest part is finding the right driver set that won't give you issues. Some are better than others, regardless of release date.

Hell I stuck with old drivers on my single 580 because I was hearing horror stories of the newer ones, which are supposed to have been better. But now that I'm in SLI I've heard newer drivers are better so I went with them. Don't take the release date of the drivers to be an indication on which are better and which aren't as good because they're older and you'll be fine.

Keep in mind though that two 6870s will still only have 1GB framebuffer between the two of them and that you're limited to only 2 68xx series cards in CFX, where SLI 570/580s allow for 3 way and even 4 way.
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i totally disagree here.. i would go 6870 here and never look back... they will be as fast or faster than a 580 and cost abour $300 less.
Agreed. Plus the next gen comming out soon is rumored to be much more powerful that this gen. I say get the 6870. It will outperform a 580 now and last you just as long before needing an upgrade. When it's time to upgrade, go with the next gen or the one after if the 6850 xfire takes you past multiple gens. I wouldn't be tossing $460 on a card right now knowing the next gen is comming so soon and when you already have 1/2 of a great xfire.
    
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Can't go wrong with the 580. A lot are now being sold ~$400usd range and they are totally worth it imho.
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Can't go wrong with the 580. A lot are now being sold ~$400usd range and they are totally worth it imho.
Addicted to the power yet?

At least you saw the light and said screw that I'm going to the dark side.
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Addicted to the power yet?

At least you saw the light and said screw that I'm going to the dark side.
The premium is worth it imho...what is thy bidding my masterrrr.....
post #17 of 36
Crossfire isn't a headache. Connect the crossfire bridge between the 2 6870s and you're good to go. BUT, the advantage of having a 580 is it being a single GPU solution, which is a good thing for games with no multi-gpu support. If the games you play DO have crossfire/sli support, then your bet is to go with the 6870's. Otherwise, 580. Final option is to wait it out for the 7000series.
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i recently made a similar decision. i had a 6970 and was thinking about adding a second one, or getting a gtx 580 to be ready for games coming out later this year. in the end, i decided to get a gtx 580. i have had sli and cfx setups in the past, and going with one powerful card was the better choice for me. less power consumption, less heat, no micro-stutter, and no possible sli/cfx driver issues. i opt for a single, more powerful card now over adding another gpu.

*you can always get a b-stock, vanilla, 1.5gb gtx 580 from evga's website for ~$370. they even did a sale on their b-stock stuff not that long ago. during the sale, you could get the same 580 for ~$333.
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Crossfire isn't a headache. Connect the crossfire bridge between the 2 6870s and you're good to go. BUT, the advantage of having a 580 is it being a single GPU solution, which is a good thing for games with no multi-gpu support. If the games you play DO have crossfire/sli support, then your bet is to go with the 6870's. Otherwise, 580. Final option is to wait it out for the 7000series.
Have the announced anything solid for the 7000 series? A quick Google search turned up nothing.

I haven't thought about the 7000 series at all, but I think the wait and see approach might be the way to go for me. Might as well make the most of what I got now, and go for a big upgrade in a few months.
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Don't choose 2 weaker gpu's over a single Gpu powerhouse, is my advice. Get the 580! Microstuttering is a known issue in crossfire/SLI. Some will deny that to the end of their lives. Just Google it, you'd be surprised on the number of testimonials that contribute to that fact. On top of that, driver stability is worse for multi-gpus, than the current occasional headaches we single gpu users face.

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