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I'm currently running a visiontek 6870 and am looking to upgrade or Xfire. My backup card is a 5870 2GB E6. I want my setup to last at least 1 year before i have to upgrade. What are my options for best value/performance?

Keep the 6870. Don't upgrade
Keep the 5870, Sell the 6870. Don't upgrade
Buy another visiontek 6870 and Xfire
Sell the 6870 and 5870 and get a single 69xx to 7xxx card?
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I went from single 4890 to xfire 4890 to xfire6850. After my personal experience dealing with xfire scaling and driver anxiety. I would suggest you sell both cards and get a 7 series single card. Less hassle in general. Crossfire is great and cheap when it works, but having to wait weeks sometimes month for the proper drivers and caps will be a huge pain in the ass. Now that all the drivers are working for my games spending 200 bucks on 2 6850s feels pretty good value vs performance wise. However when I was struggling to get a stable fps on BF3 and artifact free on Skyrim due to stupid drivers, I really really wished that I had gone with a single card.

So in the end, I would say if you don't mind tinkering with your drivers all the time (and waiting weeks for driver releases) when new games come out, go ahead and pickup a second card. It will be cheaper and you will get a nice performance boost.

If you want a rig that just works as it should with minimal maintenance then sell both cards and get yourself a nice 7950.
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+rep that was one of my concerns for crossfire. Seems like the prices are dropping on the 7 series. The only reason I was leaning towards the crossfire was the price but seems like the headache is not worth it. What's a good 7950, I saw only a few on newegg with not too many reviews. Also any major difference between the 2gb and 3gb versions?
Edited by ali7up - 4/24/12 at 3:07am
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the most economical solution is to xfire or tri-fire with your existing 6870

the 6870 is a very decent card, and prices has dropped dramatically for the 6000 series, so it's a good time to pick a couple of them up

you'll probably find them for $130 a piece

i just got 3 for myself it was on sale
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Get HD 7870 and selll 6870 and 5870
Edited by PontiacGTX - 4/25/12 at 12:48pm
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he wont get more than $50 ~ $60 combined selling those 2 cards

they are worth next to nothing now, when brand new 6870 are only $130 ish
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Originally Posted by AllGamer View Post

the most economical solution is to xfire or tri-fire with your existing 6870
the 6870 is a very decent card, and prices has dropped dramatically for the 6000 series, so it's a good time to pick a couple of them up
you'll probably find them for $130 a piece
i just got 3 for myself it was on sale

6870's can only run in crossfire x..... impossible to run more than 2 of them together....

I say buy another 6870... I'm running 2 of them and theyre awesome!
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yup! you'r right it only has 1 tab for Xfire 500

i got 3 hoping to do a tri-fire with them

oh well all is not lost biggrin.gif the original intent of those cards were to replace an old one from a HTPC, another for an old XP gaming rig, for games that don't play well on Win7 and another one for an old Rampage II + i7 setup
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CMU32GX4M2C3200C16R CMU32GX4M2A2666C16 OCZ Vertex 4 Seagate ST8000NM0055 
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QD3-MSG4-BK QD3-FSG4-BK EK-CoolStream PE 240 (Dual) EK-CoolStream XE 360 (Triple) 
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EK-XTOP Revo D5 PWM - Plexi (incl. pump) EK-Supremacy EVO - Nickel EK-FC Terminal TRIPLE Parallel - Plexi EK-FC Terminal BLANK Parallel 
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The only downside of crossfire is the limited 1gb VRAM, I just need something to last me at least 1 year.
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Samsung 840EVO XSPC Rasa 750 RX360 Windows 7 HP x64 Samsung 2494SW 24" 
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Samsung 840EVO XSPC Rasa 750 RX360 Windows 7 HP x64 Samsung 2494SW 24" 
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Samsung P2770HD 27" NZXT 1000W HAF 932 
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