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Hey guys, I was just in a thread and talking about adding a 3rd card to my hd 5850 crossfire setup... The problem I see after days of reading and research is that crossfire really has not advanced as far as it should. Many problems plague crossfire from lack of driver support to micro stuttering..

So as of now I am looking for a single card BEAST

Any ideas? I would like to know what you guys think from experience..

I am looking for a nice couple year future proof... my HD 5850s have done great for 3+ years...

I would like a card that has good vram because after talking with many people they all confirm that I need a card that has more and better Vram..

I want a card that is a beast and can dam near max out all games...

Nvidia or AMD

and to make it clear to me ...I have AMD CPU and motherboard...I am able to put Nvidia into an all AMD setup right?
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HD 7970 is your best bet.
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HD 7970 is your best bet.

How do you like it? how does it overclock?
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Wait for the 7950 at least lol... Considering the CPU you have I am not sure if you can overclock it enough for no bottleneck. The 7950 will also have 3gb of Vram and overclock as well as the 7970
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I am no owner of the 7970, but it is amazing so far, from what Ive seen.

Uses less power than a GTX 580, has 3Gb Vram, 30% more powerful than a GTX 580, does Eyefinity gaming by itself decently well, and costs just a bit more than a GTX 580.

Though I personally will wait for a while more to wait for the inevitable 3rd party cards like the Twin Frozr/Lightning/DirectCuII, etcs. as the ref cooler is abit too noisy for me.

A 7970 will probably not beat the 5850 CFX in some games, as the two cards are still a beast (since it beats the GTX 580 no problem in some games). But for games that require more Vram like BF3, this card will give it a thrashing.

Your CPU might prove to be a bottleneck though, just maybe. But I doubt so, if you OC it enough. And it OCs like a bugger apparently.
    
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A HD 7970 would be really good. But I'd personally wait until Kepler comes out to see what Nvidia has to offer.

And yes. You can put a Nvidia GPU in a all AMD rig
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Originally Posted by nycokla View Post

How do you like it? how does it overclock?

925/1375 stock
1300/1750 overclocked

Haven't tried pushing the memory, Afterburner capped at 1790 and I wanted a nice even number. Performance is ridiculously high:
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Specs are my 7970 @ 1300/1750 and 2600k @4.8GHz
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If your planning on going higher than 1920x1080 resolutions then definitely more vram will benefit you but if not stick with your 5850's until the new Nvdia cards are out as at the moment there ins't a single card solution they out performs the 5850's enough to justify the expense. I am in the same boat as you and was waiting for the 7970/50's but I'm a bit disappointed at their pricing and performance compared to what I have in my machine now which is why I'm suggesting to wait for the Nvdia cards.

@Arni90 What resolution are those tests done and what settings? Those 6950 CFX results look very low compared to what I hit with my 5850's
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925/1375 stock
1300/1750 overclocked
Haven't tried pushing the memory, Afterburner capped at 1790 and I wanted a nice even number. Performance is ridiculously high:
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wtPUAF8.png
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Specs are my 7970 @ 1300/1750 and 2600k @4.8GHz

Those benchmarks are BS. I get 70fps+ in Crysis warhead Maxed out with HD 6990.
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Hey guys, I was just in a thread and talking about adding a 3rd card to my hd 5850 crossfire setup... The problem I see after days of reading and research is that crossfire really has not advanced as far as it should. Many problems plague crossfire from lack of driver support to micro stuttering..
So as of now I am looking for a single card BEAST
Any ideas? I would like to know what you guys think from experience..
I am looking for a nice couple year future proof... my HD 5850s have done great for 3+ years...
I would like a card that has good vram because after talking with many people they all confirm that I need a card that has more and better Vram..
I want a card that is a beast and can dam near max out all games...
Nvidia or AMD
and to make it clear to me ...I have AMD CPU and motherboard...I am able to put Nvidia into an all AMD setup right?

Yeah I am rather shocked by the crossfire problems...and SLI too. I used to run two 5850s a while back...a year ago or so and I don't think I had that many issues with anything. Only real issue was the idiots programming the drivers over there at ATI would drop the idle clocks too low and cause secondary monitors to flash and flicker if you over clocked the cards...but left them much higher if you left it at stock. Though that would have happened with just one card as well. I found a 580 to be a nice substitute for the 5850s though. heh..i still need another GPU for three monitors but at least I can have two going off of the more powerful card instead of one.

Now days...I wouldn't go for anything less than a 6950 or 580, but that would only be a light upgrade over the 5850 crossfire. A 7970 would be more ideal, but they are rather spendy and are hard to find.

OH and yeah you can run the Nvidia GPU. The only thing you need to look out for is that some boards can only do crossfire and not SLI, but I believe most of the newer motherboards can always do both. At least I don't think I've seen one that can't in a very long time. I know yours is good for sli and crossfire.
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