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post #1 of 7
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The last time I ever ran dual graphics solution was with a pair of 8800gt on an amd dual core and just had an awful experience with it.

I'm just wondering if dual card technology and drivers has advanced over the years.

Running dual 6870 would run me around the same price as a 6970 and I'm not planning to purchase another card for a long time if I do choose the single card solution so its either cf 6870 or 6970/570/480gtx.


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Thoughts?
post #2 of 7
Crossfire 6870s work fine. I've had them for over a year watercooled. No issues and pretty rock solid.
     
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560ti 448 for cheaper end, HD 7950 for high end. Those are my top picks.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150563
^this is a good deal if you want to go real cheap.

I'd stay away from dual card setups. 1 or 3 cards, that's my rule tongue.gif
 
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so dual cards are not a good solution?
7950 prices seem outrageous, I got around 350$ to spend.
post #5 of 7
I say to avoid dual cards because they tend to have microstutter. They're viable from purely an fps/benchmark standpoint.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-geforce-stutter-crossfire,2995.html
It is explained decently well here, but there was a better article which I can't seem to find.
 
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I've been running dual 6870's for quite some time now and they've been perfect for me.... drivers install perfect.... no problems at all, I say go for it thumb.gif I love my cards
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I had them in crossfire for some time, then sold one to liquid cool the other. They're great cards
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