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Hey guys. Trying to eliminate the VRAM bottleneck on my 5970 for BF3. Currently running Ultra at 1080 with 4xMSAA and it will averages about 40-45fps. Minimum is about 20. I'm looking to bring the minimum up to what my average is now. Would I see a performance increase going to Crossfire 6950s? I know the 5970 slaughters a single 6950, and even comes to them crossfired. I was just wondering if it would be worth the upgrade?

PS. I would consider a single 7970 but it would cost me roughly $150 from the 5970 and I don't think there is hardly a performance increase.
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A single 7970 is faster than cf6950s in BF3 *I just did that upgrade for that reason xD*

Mostly cause the 7970 handles MSAA much better.
Edited by OwnedINC - 2/20/12 at 10:16am
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No, it's not worth it. Go straight to the 7950 if the 7970 is too expensive.

Going from a dual-GPU kit to another dual-GPU kit is silly when there's a better single-GPU available (in this case the 7900 series).
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That's odd. I was about to say 'probably not much', but Anand's compare is showing quite a jump.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/297?vs=299

What is your CPU btw?
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Hey guys. Trying to eliminate the VRAM bottleneck on my 5970 for BF3. Currently running Ultra at 1080 with 4xMSAA and it will averages about 40-45fps. Minimum is about 20. I'm looking to bring the minimum up to what my average is now. Would I see a performance increase going to Crossfire 6950s? I know the 5970 slaughters a single 6950, and even comes to them crossfired. I was just wondering if it would be worth the upgrade?
PS. I would consider a single 7970 but it would cost me roughly $150 from the 5970 and I don't think there is hardly a performance increase.

A 7970 would actually put the smack down on that 5970! 7970 OC'd is insanely fast. From the benchmarks i have seen, and the comments i have heard from people going from 570 in sli or 6970 in CF they are happy that they got a single card to be almost as fast as there dual card set up! So if you dont want to hassle with crossfire i would say a single 7970 would fit your needs best! thumb.gif
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That's odd. I was about to say 'probably not much', but Anand's compare is showing quite a jump.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/297?vs=299
What is your CPU btw?

Yeahh I've been looking at those benchmarks too. Shows quite a jump over the 5970. Mine is over-clocked to 5870 speeds tho so it is probably a little less. I'm running a 2500k @ 4.2
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Definitely not worth it imo.

Grab a 7970 or wait for kepler! thumb.gif
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Definitely not worth it imo.
Grab a 7970 or wait for kepler! thumb.gif

I guess I could do that but I realllly love dual gpu cards or crossfire setups. Idk why but I just do. They look sweet in a case and they're fast as hell.

What about selling the 5970, throwing down another ~$250 and getting a 6990? That would be faster than a single 7970 with only an extra $100 but wayyy less expensive than 2 7970s
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I guess I could do that but I realllly love dual gpu cards or crossfire setups. Idk why but I just do. They look sweet in a case and they're fast as hell.
What about selling the 5970, throwing down another ~$250 and getting a 6990? That would be faster than a single 7970 with only an extra $100 but wayyy less expensive than 2 7970s

Can't compare the pricing that way. Basically you paying for what you get.

6990 is $100 more than the 7970, but it is slower than CF 7970 which cost more.

I would personally just get the 7970 right now. Since you fancy CF set ups, why limit yourself to just the 6990. In future you can CF the 7970. Once the Kelper stuff comes out, watch for a price drop in the 7970s.
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I guess I could do that but I realllly love dual gpu cards or crossfire setups. Idk why but I just do. They look sweet in a case and they're fast as hell.

Yeah, and they microstutter like crazy and you throw yourself at the mercy of drivers on new releases.redface.gif

In terms of smoothness even a 7950 probably does better than the 6990 (or 6950/6970 CFX).
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