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ok so i've got 2 5870's in crossfire but drivers suck so bad that it's not very often i even get to use them both. so im thinking about trying to sell both cards and waterblocks and get a 580 instead. i've had a evga card before and have zero trouble with it and would like to go back to that. i think the 580 and cf 5870's are close in power so im not looking for a boost in power just reliability and also i can always add a second 580. what do you think? should i do it or no?
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WHat kind of driver issues have you had? I ask cause I've literally had zero problems with the exception of Skyrim.

And two 5870's are way faster than a single 580. I'd wait til the next cards.
    
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post #3 of 14
I think you should stick with what you have since you already have waterblocks and everything. It seems like it wouldn't be worth it due to the time (time selling the stuff then getting money to buy it) and money you have to spend.
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i've had tons, what driver are you using right now? every time i enable cross fire i either get a bsod screen or it works but then when i play a game i get all kinds of artifacts and normally ends soon with a bsod screen. right now i think 1 of the cards is about to die due to a lot of artifacts when its by itself. so im about to rma it but the cross fires been messing up on me since i got them.
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I went from 5850's in CF to a single 570 and it was the greatest change ever. No more driver issues at all. The hit in performance was not as bad as I had thought either. Recently picked up a used 570 for SLI and now I am super happy!
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post #6 of 14
See comparison below:

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/300?vs=305

They're actually really close. I don't know which 5870 you have (1 or 2gb) or which 580 you would be looking at (1.5-3gb) but it would only be a small step down. You would also save on power consumption, not to mention probably heat - depending on your setup obviously. If you have the two cards sandwiched (ref vs non. ref coolers will make a difference here). If you're using waterblocks for your 5870s and plan on cooling your 580 with water, might be an added cost.

Speaking as someone with 2 5870s also, I think they are beastly cards and I have no problem running anything out there maxed out right now. I had a few issues with Skyrim, but nothing else. I would recommend doing a cleanout/reinstall before you make the leap to a new card, as you might be able to remedy the issues for 'free' without too much headache.

In the end it's your decision - obviously being able to upgrade to SLI 580's down the road would be worth it!.. Keep in mind if you have more than 2 monitors (if you're doing eyefinity right now) that it won't work with a single nVidia card - you will need at least 2 cards to support nVidia surround, barring certain special card setups.

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post #7 of 14
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See comparison below:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/300?vs=305
They're actually really close. I don't know which 5870 you have (1 or 2gb) or which 580 you would be looking at (1.5-3gb) but it would only be a small step down. You would also save on power consumption, not to mention probably heat - depending on your setup obviously. If you have the two cards sandwiched (ref vs non. ref coolers will make a difference here). If you're using waterblocks for your 5870s and plan on cooling your 580 with water, might be an added cost.
Speaking as someone with 2 5870s also, I think they are beastly cards and I have no problem running anything out there maxed out right now. I had a few issues with Skyrim, but nothing else. I would recommend doing a cleanout/reinstall before you make the leap to a new card, as you might be able to remedy the issues for 'free' without too much headache.
In the end it's your decision - obviously being able to upgrade to SLI 580's down the road would be worth it!.. Keep in mind if you have more than 2 monitors (if you're doing eyefinity right now) that it won't work with a single nVidia card - you will need at least 2 cards to support nVidia surround, barring certain special card setups.
Happy shopping.

yeah i think im going to rma the current card giving me trouble then i'll sweep all the drivers and try again to get it to work. what driver has worked best for you? if none of that works i'll have to switch sadly, 1 of the cards is really good and the volts are unlocked and has worked great with no trouble but the other i've sent back a couple times.
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Right now I'm running on the latest drivers, I think 11.12? The only issue I have had that I can't fix is intermittent random flickering on my 2nd/3rd screens when I am fullscreening on just my single main monitor. It has never bothered me enough to make the switch, but I haven't been able to fix that.

Most of the problems are actually game-related (see skyrim fixes) and can be fixed with tweaks/mods.
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post #9 of 14
barring software issues, 2x5870's destroy a 580 in pretty much everything
post #10 of 14
Yeah I was nervous about AMD driver support. Honestly with the exception of Skyrim I've been impressed. (5850CF owner)

I am on 11.12 as well and I've had no problems. Then again I think I've been pretty lucky cause BF3 which for me was the most important game ran flawlessy on my setup from day one maxxed.
    
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