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My 5870 isn't working anymore. Should I go for another 5870 or go for a 6950 (buying used for either if that matters)? Single card setup for now but intending to cf by next year when games need more power. Or should I Buck up and see what black Friday has to offer?

Your opinions and suggestions are greatly appreciated, thx

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In the end it all comes down to whether or not you want to deal with the issues crossfire has. Heat is a big one when it comes to overclocking the cards on air. Then there's games not supporting multi-GPU setups at launch, etc. I'm not trying to put a bad name on crossfire, it just has its issues, and I know some people have sold their card and gone single card because of said issues.
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My 5870 isn't working anymore. Should I go for another 5870 or go for a 6950 (buying used for either if that matters)? Single card setup for now but intending to cf by next year when games need more power. Or should I Buck up and see what black Friday has to offer?

Your opinions and suggestions are greatly appreciated, thx

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Go for 6950 2GB and crossfire, Tri or Quad-Fire if when you need GPU power in multi screens. The single card user most likely overclocking the card to squeeze additional 2-5 FPS out out if. With multi GPU setup, there is no need. Also, most with multi GPUs are those with watercooling.

Microstutter is very subjective, some just read about it or hear-say, some users are sensitive, some might not even notice any. Myself is one of them with Quad setup.

Just grab the 2GB 6950/70. If you can survive without a card until 7xxx series available, then wait.
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What if I just have a single screen? Would crossfire be efficient on that scenario?

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What if I just have a single screen? Would crossfire be efficient on that scenario?

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Yes. I'm not on a multi monitor setup and I'm using 2x 5850s.
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