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What is CFX like in 2013? Still like back in the day or worth a punt now for a cheap upgrade?

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I'm looking to upgrade my 5870 but I have a few options and dilemmas that control these options.....

I was going to get a 7970 and massively regret not picking up an Asus 7970 Matrix platinum GHz edition for $499 when I had the chance in the US, it's something like £550 over here....

Anyway I'm wondering now if I should go for an £80 upgrade in the form of another 5870 just to keep me happy until the 8xxx start to surface. There are a lot of this type of threads around as I HAVE been googleing it but they are all from 1 or 2 years ago. My question now is how do the 5xxx cards perform in crossfire with the latest drivers? Did they get a massive step up in line with the newer gen cards?

There are hints around saying that they scale a lot better than 1 and 2 years ago and various CFX common issues are becoming a thing of the past. If we were to benchmark 2 x 5870 now would they score higher than when they came out?

So to summarise, £80 for near 7970 performance with unknown (to me) driver issues. Or £250+ for a 7970 after selling the 5870?

I only game at 1080p so the VRAM won't be as bigger issue as in some cases, although I am aware that newer titles are becoming more VRAM hungry. But this is really only a stop gap upgrade to last me until Q4 when I can get the next gen cards to choose from.

I think I am set to loose less money by spending less on the second 5870.

So whats the deal with 5xxx CFX? And what games will see no rise in FPS due to incompatibility, did I read somewhere that Skyrim won't benefit at all?

Thanks for any input thumb.gif
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Depends on the games you play. Some scale, some don't. CFX generally hasn't changed much since.

I wouldn't bother with CFX.

You can get a 7950 for like 200 pounds; you get free games, no CFX issues, and you can still sell your card for some quick cash.
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Certainly a possibility as I should get about £80 for my 5870 I also have a full cover water block that I may get £20 for too....... Maybe I should do it....... however I have a thing about wanting the best, a 5850 wasn't an option before when the 5870 was king, so a 7970ghz edition may be the only way...... I just don't know though.....
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ell ur card n consider what u can afford u can also do 2x tahiti le or just 1 hella good card ether way ull be happy over ur current card
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