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As my specs say, I've got a 6870 Twin Frozr 2. Generally I'm pretty satisfied with it.

I idle around 45 Degrees Celsius with the fan at 55%, which is WAY higher than I would expect it to be, the ambient temperature is around 25-30 Celsius. I'm pretty sure that the rear fan is stuck on some dust and slowing itself down. So I'm thinking of taking off the heatsink, giving the whole thing a clean down and seeing if that helps things out. My screen also randomly splits in half when doing GPU intensive stuff (things like playing Civ 5 for any more than 3 hours straight), it's pretty annoying, the screen splits down the middle, the left half goes onto the right side and the right side goes on the left. The only solution I've found so hard is just to just reset my computer. I don't leave it running when this happens because I'm worried it'll really damage the GPU.

The time has come for me to upgrade my 6870. I know there are a bunch of decent cards on the market right now but I also hear that 6870 Crossfires really well. So what do you guys think? Should I look at a new card completely or see if I can get a warranty to fix my 6870 issues and crossfire it.

TLDR: Slightly buggy 6870, Get warranty and crossfire or look at a new card?

Thanks lads <3
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I would try warranty the card either way you go, then if you feel you need more power I'd sell the 6870 while its still new in box if they give you a replacement so you get a good price, then you can buy a more powerful card

I always prefer to stick to single card setup's if possible, while crossfire scales well, it also sometimes doesn't, and can also be a pain to get working in some games from my experience anyway. (Not to put you off, its still great to crossfire and may be cheaper)
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post #3 of 8
use your warranty, though the downtime sucks.

else try cleaning your card.

x-fire 6870 are great, and you've got the CPU for it.
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Buy another 6870 to hold you over while its RMA'd. Crossfire when she comes back to you.
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Buy another 6870 to hold you over while its RMA'd. Crossfire when she comes back to you.

This.
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If you're not happy w/ ur temps now, you really won't be when you go CF.
The TFIII's design dumps heat into the case, and subsequently on each other when you have multiple cards.

This isn't necessarily a problem for everyone (ambient + airflow are variables), but something you might want to consider, given your OP.
What you might want to try first (as suggested) is a good cleaning of your card.
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post #7 of 8
CF will do the job for you.
BTW I has same issue with splinting screen on half,
I'm using 2 screens setup and it's only happens to the MAIN screen connected true the HDMI, as a quick solution unplug cable and plug it back right away, do not re-boot your comp for that.... and you good to go.
High temp that what causing this problem.
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As my specs say, I've got a 6870 Twin Frozr 2. Generally I'm pretty satisfied with it.

I idle around 45 Degrees Celsius with the fan at 55%, which is WAY higher than I would expect it to be, the ambient temperature is around 25-30 Celsius. I'm pretty sure that the rear fan is stuck on some dust and slowing itself down. So I'm thinking of taking off the heatsink, giving the whole thing a clean down and seeing if that helps things out. My screen also randomly splits in half when doing GPU intensive stuff (things like playing Civ 5 for any more than 3 hours straight), it's pretty annoying, the screen splits down the middle, the left half goes onto the right side and the right side goes on the left. The only solution I've found so hard is just to just reset my computer. I don't leave it running when this happens because I'm worried it'll really damage the GPU.

The time has come for me to upgrade my 6870. I know there are a bunch of decent cards on the market right now but I also hear that 6870 Crossfires really well. So what do you guys think? Should I look at a new card completely or see if I can get a warranty to fix my 6870 issues and crossfire it.

TLDR: Slightly buggy 6870, Get warranty and crossfire or look at a new card?

Thanks lads <3
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post #8 of 8
I used to have 2 x 6870s with that motherboard they will be mounted too close together to get decent cooling.I suggest you go for a single card solution like 6970 or GTX 580 Ive also found AMD to always be behind the 8 ball with driver updates but thats just my opinion good luck.
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