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6850 Crossfire Vs. One 7970/7950/680?

post #1 of 18
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My 6850's have started artifacting and I can get my money back - approx 700 NZD - for both of them. Should I buy another pair of 6850s or get a 7970/7950/680?

EDIT: I would like to run them underwater and make use of my radiators.
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post #2 of 18
Just get a 7970 or 680, you get rid of microstutter, get more performance, no driver issues, more VRAM, and less heat...
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post #3 of 18
I think 680 actually uses more power (therefore more heat) but anyway the crossfire issues are not worth it.
Go with Nvidia and forget about issues.
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post #4 of 18
what about 7850 Cfx?
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Originally Posted by ZareliMan View Post

I think 680 actually uses more power (therefore more heat) but anyway the crossfire issues are not worth it.
Go with Nvidia and forget about issues.

Um, nvidia isn't issue free......
and in fact AMD has gotten better with their drivers and crossfire....
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post #6 of 18
Quote:
Um, nvidia isn't issue free......
and in fact AMD has gotten better with their drivers and crossfire....
Eh wrongggggggggg, amd have gotten much worse atm. Their 7 series drivers are terrible especially crossfire.
post #7 of 18
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Originally Posted by Projector View Post

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Um, nvidia isn't issue free......
and in fact AMD has gotten better with their drivers and crossfire....
Eh wrongggggggggg, amd have gotten much worse atm. Their 7 series drivers are terrible especially crossfire.

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Originally Posted by Projector View Post

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Um, nvidia isn't issue free......
and in fact AMD has gotten better with their drivers and crossfire....
Eh wrongggggggggg, amd have gotten much worse atm. Their 7 series drivers are terrible especially crossfire.

Show me proof..... AMD have improved and NVIDIA has their share of issues. it is a fact nvidia fanboys can't handle....
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post #9 of 18
Hope you not calling me a fanboy, my whole system is amd and has been for years thumb.gif
post #10 of 18
There's nothing wrong with either of the drivers. I would get a single card personally especially since you're comparing 28nm to 40nm CFX.
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