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Im currently considering this...not sure if i want to get a 7k series or pick up two or three 6950's. I have been using my 4870 since they came out and i dont usually like to get the newest cards out there. Not that they are bad or anything, the 7970's are monsters and everything im reading about makes them more appealing.....but i just cant see spending the money out right on one single card. Yea in the long run it will be worth it, but over the years i have been using the same 4870 for every game that has come out and never had an issue, i even considered getting a second one about a year ago to push it further.

Im not saying i know alot about CFX setups, this will be my first one...but from what i have been reading i would probably go with the 6950's. They are great cards and i can see them lasting a long time. Im just trying to decide on doing 2 or 3 crossfire.....i want sp,ething to tinker with and i figure coupling the 6950's with a nice overclocked 8120 (4.5ghz ihope biggrin.gif) would be fun to mess with. Im just a generation behind, but...i dont mind smile.gif
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If you already have a 6950 I would add a second.

If you have neither but are planning to upgrade down the road and have the funds for it then I would get the 7950.

That is pretty much all it boils down to... not a terribly significant difference either way in my opinion.
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The problem is here. If you get the HD 7950 you get it so you can upgrade to HD 8950 and not go CF with it. That just shooting ourself in the foot because when time comes those same people that told you to go HD 7950 so you can CF it latter on will tell you to get HD 8950. Personally HD 6950 prices are still high. If you can get it for $200 less jump for it. In average HD 7950 ~ %30 faster which is not a lot considering CF gives you are least 80%+ in most games. Also HD 79XX Prices are just ridicules and are made for those people that thrive for the latest and dont care how much they cost. Wait until Nvidia has something out.
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post #24 of 28
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Originally Posted by mlp View Post

If you already have a 6950 I would add a second.

If you have neither but are planning to upgrade down the road and have the funds for it then I would get the 7950.

That is pretty much all it boils down to... not a terribly significant difference either way in my opinion.
That's the boat I'm in. I've got a 6950, was debating whether to add another or get a new single card. I just need something to hold me over for another year until the next gen consoles/new video cards come out. I just got an HIS IceQ 6950 for $160 shipped on eBay, so redface.gif
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Well since u already bought it just pick up another cheep 6950 and run it in cf! Everyone here will tell u the single card is always better and iam starting to agree with them , I have a 6950 thats unlocked to 6970 shaders refrence design,iam not sure if your card is unlockable if it is I can pick up a good fps increase unlocking it.iam about to grab a 6970 for crossfire myself, but a 7950 is newer,performs better, more memory but more expensive! Id grab another 1 if I were u
     
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post #26 of 28
I already have a 6950, so the HIS IceQ will be my second. I think I'll hold off on going back to single card until the next wave of cards drop next year
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I've just ordered a MSI 7970OC to replace my two HIS 6950s that have served me for over two years now. I've bought this card partly because I want something new to play with, it was also at a great price £275, and I get stutter in some games, not all, but some, namely Skyrim! Skyrim has become a game that I love playing and have found that I need to disable CF for the stuttering to go away which is annoying. Its been a while since I played BF3 and Crysis2 etc so I might give those games ago before my new card arrives so I have fresh memories to compare the performance too.

To be fair I feel a few people have talked smack in this thread, some claiming to never get any problems whatsoever imo is just BS and others who seem to claim that CF is just piss poor, the truth I feel lays in the middle, some games are ****e with CF and you need to work on it to make things better and yeah some games are just fine with CF, basically what I'm saying is if your going to go CF or SLi for that matter you have to expect a headache or two from time to time, getting all *****y with each other over it is a waste of time!

Post your experiences people help each other out and we can hopefully all have a better gaming experience for it, there's no need for pointless flaming its pathetic smile.gif

So basically OP, if you haven't already, I'd go for single powerful card. I've had my experience with CF (always wanted dual cards, thought it looked sexy) but now I'm not into wanting to sort out a CF problem I want my gaming experience to be as easy and problem free as possible is all. Maybe one day I'll throw a 2nd 7970 in there or maybe a single 7970 will do me until the 9K series gets here who knows it all depends on when I'm bored and want a change again wink.gif
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post #28 of 28
necro to the max - things have changed soo much since the OP created this. He made this when 7950s were still going for $450 and had poor driver support, at that time buying any of the 7XXX was a difficult decision.

Now however, a 7970GHz edition performs on par with an HD6990 which is 2 69XX GPUs and a 7950 can be overclocked within 7970GHz limits meaning you would not be sacrificing performance when going with the 7950 and you would gain more Vram.

Back when this thread was created i would have said get a second 6950 because a 7950 was illogical, now when you can get them for ~$250-$300 with two free games and Much better drivers i would highly recommend the 7950 over CFX 6950s or CFX 6970s
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