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I've been wondering what would be a good upgrade from 5870cf? Say 7870cf?

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Sure, but the cost may out weigh the performance gained.
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Sure, but the cost may out weigh the performance gained.
Any upgrade or just the one I mentioned?

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To see any type of actual improvement, you would have to go with dual 7970's. See this chart here: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-7.html
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5870 to 7850 is about the same as 5870 to 6950 upgrade

so yes you will have some improvement, but it won't be earth shattering.

5870 crossfire is still plenty for most games at 1080p thumb.gif

a single 7970 should perform about the same without the crossfire problems that sometimes crop up
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Any upgrade or just the one I mentioned?
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With my 460 SLI and it's OC it's basically slightly faster than a stock 5870 CF( I had one eyefinity 6 and one Asus 5870, they were on diff PC's only put them together to bench and test vs 460's) . My friend has a 7970 I borrowed when he moved and wouldn't have internet for a week (thanks TWC) and I've used a 7870 CF system where the main diff was CPU, my SB vs their IVY i5, and Sammy 830 vs my Intel 520. The 7870's are an upgrade no doubt about it with a nice OC, but for the cost there is ZERO chance I would ever recommend anyone go from a 5870 CF to a 7870CF when it puts you in a bind for further upgrades. The only choices for a 5870CF owner IMHO would be a 7950/7970/GTX670 and while their performance might be a slight side grade at least you leave yourself open to getting a second down the line.


But yeah I say it's useless to go to a SLI/CF when the performance upgrade is minimal and you can get the almost the same level of performance for the same cost without CF/SLI drivers, profiles, and hotfixes to worry about.

Plus with all the deals recently on GPUs you can get powerful GPUs for 360 or less.

http://slickdeals.net/f/5277710-269-99-AR-XFX-Double-D-Radeon-HD-7950-3GB-384-bit-GDDR5-PCI-Express-3-0-x16-Free-Sleeping-Dogs-Game (not the greatest cooler since it runs hot but good price and you can just spend a bit more for a nicer cooler but then it defeats the purpose of getting the best deal)

http://slickdeals.net/f/5246502-EVGA-GeForce-GTX-670-2GB-GDDR5-PCIe-3-0-w-Borderlands-2-Bundle-339-AC-shipped

http://slickdeals.net/permadeal/80596/amazon.com-diamond-radeon-hd-7970-3gb-384bit-gddr5-pci-express-3.0-video-card-7970pe53g

PLEASE NOTE Only the 7950 is still active, the others are just examples or recent deals a week or so old.
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Great info guys!
I might be willing to do 7970 then go cf again with a better monitor. Keep the info coming!

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Quote:
Originally Posted by txzar View Post

Great info guys!
I might be willing to do 7970 then go cf again with a better monitor. Keep the info coming!
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I forgot to point out that in my case I was using a 2560x1440 monitor where the vram(2GB vs 3GB) and wider bus (256 vs 384) of the 7970 made them closer than they would actually be in a 1080 setup. During my tests I would say I was getting about 25-30% better performance in general with the CF 7870s vs the 7970 but I know that in the lower resolutions that will probably jump upwards of 50% better performance.

I guess I was too harsh on my stance against the 7870s since in lower resolutions the bang for buck is really exceptional but I still feel that locking yourself in to no upgrade path is just not something I'd recommend. I would advise against 7870s @$400 in favor or a single 7950@$300 with the possibly of a second 7950 down the road in a year or so for probably $180-230 especially if you're considering moving o up to higher resolutions.

Anyways, good luck on your decision! thumb.gif
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Great info guys!
I might be willing to do 7970 then go cf again with a better monitor. Keep the info coming!
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I'd get your monitor first, then make your decision based on your total resolution. Two HD 5870s is still very awesome.
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Great info guys!
I might be willing to do 7970 then go cf again with a better monitor. Keep the info coming!
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You could also consider HD 7950 OC. clock for clock HD 7950 is 3 - 5% slower than HD 7970. HD 7950 cards overclock to 1.15 Ghz and are faster than HD 5870 CF . provide amuch more consistent gaming experience without any multi GPU issues like microsttutering. draws less power and runs cooler than HD 5870 CF. a single HD 7950 is enough even for 1440p monitor.

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/08/23/galaxy_gtx_660_ti_gc_oc_vs_670_hd_7950/2
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