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OK for starters i am talking about my secondary gaming rig not my main in my sig but it is nearly identical all but PSU / Graphics ASUS sabertooth 990fx r2.0 motherboard / AMD FX 8350 OC'ed to 4.8ghz x8 / 4x 4gb 1866mhz ram / 128gb ocz vector ssd main drive / XFX ATI HD 6970 with OC of 950mhz core and 1450mhz ram and also i have a 1000w PC Power & Cooling Turbo 1KSWR PSU and i use 1920x1080 resolution on this setup.


The question is should i add a second ATI HD 6970 which i can get for around $150 or what should i do according to my research 2x HD 6970's are slightly faster than a single ATI HD 7970 HEAT and power draw are not an issue in my situation given i happen to have a second ATI HD 69xx waterblock already laying here that i can search for proper version it will fit.

I started this to get a general idea of the results given there really isn't allot of info about this.
Edited by rickcooperjr - 5/27/13 at 9:16am
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OK for starters i am talking about my secondary gaming rig not my main in my sig but it is nearly identical all but PSU / Graphics ASUS sabertooth 990fx r2.0 motherboard / AMD FX 8350 OC'ed to 4.8ghz x8 / 4x 4gb 1866mhz ram / 128gb ocz vector ssd main drive / XFX ATI HD 6970 with OC of 950mhz core and 1450mhz ram and also i have a 1000w PC Power & Cooling Turbo 1KSWR PSU.


The question is should i add a second ATI HD 6970 which i can get for around $150 or what should i do according to my research 2x HD 6970's are slightly faster than a single ATI HD 7970 HEAT and power draw are not an issue in my situation given i happen to have a second ATI HD 69xx waterblock already laying here that i can search for proper version it will fit.

I started this to get a general idea of the results given there really isn't allot of info about this.

Depends on what you need it for, how much can you spend on it and how unsatisfied you are with its performance.

In newer titles, the old gen high-end cards (6970/50, 580/70) struggle a bit more than current mid-range cards (7870, 660) but pull ahead in older games.

So if you play a lot of the newer games, it might be better to sell your 6970, add to that cash whatever you had for the 2nd 6970, & get a 7950 or a 660Ti/670.
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OK for starters i am talking about my secondary gaming rig not my main in my sig but it is nearly identical all but PSU / Graphics ASUS sabertooth 990fx r2.0 motherboard / AMD FX 8350 OC'ed to 4.8ghz x8 / 4x 4gb 1866mhz ram / 128gb ocz vector ssd main drive / XFX ATI HD 6970 with OC of 950mhz core and 1450mhz ram and also i have a 1000w PC Power & Cooling Turbo 1KSWR PSU.


The question is should i add a second ATI HD 6970 which i can get for around $150 or what should i do according to my research 2x HD 6970's are slightly faster than a single ATI HD 7970 HEAT and power draw are not an issue in my situation given i happen to have a second ATI HD 69xx waterblock already laying here that i can search for proper version it will fit.

I started this to get a general idea of the results given there really isn't allot of info about this.

Depends on what you need it for, how much can you spend on it and how unsatisfied you are with its performance.

In newer titles, the old gen high-end cards (6970/50, 580/70) struggle a bit more than current mid-range cards (7870, 660) but pull ahead in older games.

https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Mining_hardware_comparison look at this and figure in the 2x HD 6970's in crossfire @950mhz core and 1450mhz ram that would yeild around 820 mhash/s for only $150 but yes i understand where you are coming from also but i dont use this machine dedicated for gaming it is a backup or loaner ( never leaves its spot ) to friends when they come over to game if needed.

So if you play a lot of the newer games, it might be better to sell your 6970, add to that cash whatever you had for the 2nd 6970, & get a 7950 or a 660Ti/670.


well i kind of agree with that but remember this is just my secondary rig i am simply just trying to beef it up some more for those rare ocassions a friend comes by and want to play a game or something and keep in mind i also bitcoin mine some with this machine and ATI cards are the kings of bitcoin mining lol.

The 6970's in crossfire offer 820 mhash/s at bitcoin mining and 950mhz core and 1450mhz ram also this is not a dedicated gaming rig it is a backup / loaner for when friends come over.

I was mainly trying to get a estimate of how it would perform ingames like crysis 3 and such in crossfire and finding out if it should be able to max the games out pretty much or what. I come close to maxxing almost all gamesi have out now like farcry 3 / crysis 3 and 2 and many more i was just trying to get an idea of how much of a boost it would give on average the comparing it to the hd 7970 results isn't accurate according to my info i have found because the 2x hd 6970's in crossfire is more powerfull but you dont find the tests to back that up so i asked here.
Edited by rickcooperjr - 5/27/13 at 9:57am
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well i kind of agree with that but remember this is just my secondary rig i am simply just trying to beef it up some more for those rare ocassions a friend comes by and want to play a game or something and keep in mind i also bitcoin mine some with this machine and ATI cards are the kings of bitcoin mining lol.

The 6970's in crossfire offer 820 mhash/s at bitcoin mining and 950mhz core and 1450mhz ram also this is not a dedicated gaming rig it is a backup / loaner for when friends come over.

Lol, that's what my 2nd rig is used for most of the time (don't really like it when someone else is on my computer).

Looking around the reviews quickly, adding a second 6970 for 150$ will surely add a significant increase in FPS (sometimes perfect scaling) in most known titles. (don't know much about bitcoin though).

I say go for it thumb.gif
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You can get infracted for using .... "B**C*** M*n***" ... Use hashing next time tongue.gif
And yes 2 6970s = 2 7870s for gaming. Will pull a considerable lead over single 7970
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I wouldn't bother with 2x6970s, for gaming.

In my experience, a single 7950 offers a better experience than 6970 crossfire. This may change in a few months when AMD's frame metering drivers are well polished, but for now Crossfire just has too many performance issues for me to bother with.
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I was mainly trying to get a estimate of how it would perform ingames like crysis 3 and such in crossfire and finding out if it should be able to max the games out pretty much or what. I come close to maxxing almost all gamesi have out now like farcry 3 / crysis 3 and 2 and many more i was just trying to get an idea of how much of a boost it would give on average the comparing it to the hd 7970 results isn't accurate according to my info i have found because the 2x hd 6970's in crossfire is more powerfull but you dont find the tests to back that up so i asked here.

Didn't see this part.

Check out these charts which contain the 6990. keep in mind that your two 6970s are faster than a single 6990 (& 7970 most of the time).

Modern games GPU comparisons @ 1440p single monitor
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Oh jeebus christ. Not again.
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Performance graphs like that don't even come close to telling the whole story.

The numbers above are pretty accurate, but 6970 crossfire, and the 6990, are still going to give a piss poor experience in quite a few titles, even relative to a single card with lower average FPS.
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Performance graphs like that don't even come close to telling the whole story.

The numbers above are pretty accurate, but 6970 crossfire, and the 6990, are still going to give a piss poor experience in quite a few titles, even relative to a single card with lower average FPS.


Don't know about multi-screen setups, but on a single 1080p screen, its smooth most of the time in most games.

Because its a single screen, most of the time I'm pulling FPS in the triple digits and its sooo smooth with no screen tearing (oddly, I get heavy tearing when using V-Sync).

There are a few titles/levels where the FPS dips into the 70-80s and I notice the stutter. However, when it drops into the 40s, if feels exactly the same as doing 80FPS, not smooth at all.

Since its a backup rig for the OP used mainly by friends who don't want to be left out from the eye candy & decent FPS, I say its worth it (or they can bring their own damn laptops).
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