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If I were you...my suggestion is to sell both blocks and one card so you can get the maximum profit before its value drops. Use your air cooled 5870 for a little while until 680/7970 prices drop a little bit, then go for it.

Actually, that is genius. As the 5870 gets even older, putting it under water will be less popular as people will be using it for spare or secondary rigs that are most likely not going to be wc'ed
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If I were you...my suggestion is to sell both blocks and one card so you can get the maximum profit before its value drops. Use your air cooled 5870 for a little while until 680/7970 prices drop a little bit, then go for it.
I agree with you that crossfire is a royal pain in the rear. It's hit and miss, fortunately it plays well with BF3 for me.

^I agree with all this here ^ I tried Crossfire too..for about a day or so thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif
Prices should come down within a month ..definitely wait..
I have read reports that the 6*** series was better with xfire than 5s
When i had it going ..I was lke"Wow..haven't had that happen(stuttering) since that 4870" rolleyes.gif
Edited by Schmuckley - 4/4/12 at 8:22am
 
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Hows that GTX 580 running for you? How does BF3 play? I hate looking at benchmarks for cards that came out a year ago as drivers mature and cards become more efficient at pumping out fps.

I don't play alot of BF3, so can't really comment on that. I do like this card a lot, hoping PNY announces a GTX680 Liquid Cooled edition soon. I did go from crossfire 5870's to a single GTX580. Although my benchmark scores were probably 10% lower, I preferred gaming on the single gtx580 better minimum framerates and more constancy in framerate.
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Hows that GTX 580 running for you? How does BF3 play? I hate looking at benchmarks for cards that came out a year ago as drivers mature and cards become more efficient at pumping out fps.

While I can't comment on 5870 -> 580, I did do 5850 -> 480, which is almost exactly the same % performance jump. It's not a huge upgrade. I did it for $100 just to ensure that I could hold 60fps on BF3, and I have to say that I did get that. Many games that were just a bit choppy are now smooth 60fps. Still, it's only a 25% or so performance boost in general.

I have to say that I'd also recommend a 680 or 7970 if you really want a solid upgrade.
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Same here, im done with x-fire. Right now my head hurts just thinking about it mad.gif
    
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Since you already have a lot of GPU power I would wait for prices to go down on the 7970 if you were considering that card. Although if you are putting it under water it will probabally end up faster then a 680. 680 already runs so cool and you don't have voltage control so I really don't see the point in putting the card under water. In fact both of those cards run really cool but like I said you pump a massive amount of volts thru a 7970 under water and get it up near 1350mhz at which point nothing is touching it.

Can't really say though as both my xfire and SLI setups were pretty good to me. I had 5850's and honestly they worked better then I had even hoped. BF3 all ultra with no msaa is nice on them. 480SLI same thing no problems at all really.
    
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I went from HD 4850 Crossfire > HD5970 > GTX 570 > GTX 570 SLI > GTX 580 SLI > GTX 580 Tri-SLI and now back down to 580 SLI, in a little less than two years. Through my experiences, I can say for certain that Crossfire felt much more erratic in-game compared to SLI. Whatever stuttering there was in any game, it was always very apparent on my AMD setups. This is not meant to bash AMD, as I have yet to try any of the newer 6000 and 7000 series of cards. Perhaps, it has gotten better for the most part, but judging from some of the responses in this thread alone, it doesn't seem to be the case still. frown.gif

What I can say is that if you are sensitive to micro-stuttering, a single card - regardless of who makes it - will almost always be your best bet. In that case, a single 7970, GTX 580, or GTX 680 will do the job just fine; especially at 1080p resolution.

For maximum performance in games like Crysis, Metro 2033, BF3, etc, though, (requiring more than one GPU) I would choose SLI for the better, smoother gameplay experience. The most recent review from [H]ardOCP conveys this same notion, that I have experienced with my 570's and 580's, for the GTX 680 SLI setup:

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/03/28/nvidia_kepler_geforce_gtx_680_sli_video_card_review/9
     
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I think I understand the problem your having with x-fire...
have you tried updating both drivers at the same time?

I mean... remove the driver from your comp. plug in both. Boot in xfire, then instal the driver
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x-fire has never been a hassle for me till BF3 dropped, out of all the games that I play BF3 is the ONLY one that gives me erratic behavior but since it is also my favorite game I will be forced to upgrade to a single card solution soon.
    
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No more CrossFire for me too. Fed up with it, so bye bye my 2 x HD 6870s and hello GTX 680. I even switched my partner's VGA to Nvidia GTX 560. Sorry ATI but you've lost another customer!

I'd had HD 6990 waiting to be installed until GTX 680 dropped. So, I sold it brand new and never look back. I sometimes wonder what sort of headaches it would've given me if I had installed it.
Edited by PTCB - 4/5/12 at 9:13pm
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