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Hey everyone. Looking at the current BF4 Alpha Benchmarks, it looks like a single 7950 won't net 60+ at maximum settings at 1080p. I know that the performance is definitely going to change, but I'm still thinking about adding another 7950 since I can get 25% off items on Amazon.com at any time. I just had a few questions since I've never done a CF/SLI setup before. Along with going to play BF4, I mainly play ArmA 2/3.

1) Will 2 7950's bottleneck my 2500k @ ~4.5 Ghz?
2) Is the current state of drivers good for CF? In the past I've read a lot about crossfire being unstable/unusable/not worth it compared to SLI.
3) Should I wait until AMD's next lineup is released for possible price drops? I was debating getting a brand new single card when the next gen hits, however I'm not as confident I can resell my 7950 at ~$200 when this happens to break even. I previously sold my 570 for enough to get an even exchange on my 7950 when they first hit shelves.
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i think you should just wait till the game is finally released and play it. decide after.
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you should wait for the HD 7950 CF driver on july 31. wait for reviews of the driver and then decide. if the 25% off on amazon is going to be available in oct then you could wait for HD 9970 release and then decide.
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1) Will 2 7950's bottleneck my 2500k @ ~4.5 Ghz?
2) Is the current state of drivers good for CF? In the past I've read a lot about crossfire being unstable/unusable/not worth it compared to SLI.
3) Should I wait until AMD's next lineup is released for possible price drops? I was debating getting a brand new single card when the next gen hits, however I'm not as confident I can resell my 7950 at ~$200 when this happens to break even. I previously sold my 570 for enough to get an even exchange on my 7950 when they first hit shelves.

1) I doubt it. Generally speaking, you'll need either a low resolution or 3+ cards before a CPU bottleneck starts being a problem.
2) Yes. The driver coming out on the 31st just adds significant improvements to frame pacing. That's not to say it's totally unplayable right now. I honestly barely notice any stuttering with my two 7970's. The new driver will just null it down even more.
3) All we have right now is an assumption that the new lineup will hit in October, not a confirmation. If you can snag a great deal on a 7950 right now, you might want to just go for that. The performance results you'll get will probably exceed what you'll get with just one new card. It's a risk either way. If I were in your situation, I'd probably just go for a second 7950 now rather than wait.
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How do you get 25% off on Amazon?
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Thanks for the responses guys. That was my main worry was that what I've heard about about crossfire were true. I think I'll definitely wait until October when the new series is rumored to be released, as well as when BF4 launches. Hopefully by then things are well on their way to being 100% with CF and hopefully some price drops with the 7 series. The 25% from off comes from me being able to purchase Amazon Kindle cards from where I work at 25% off using in store discounts and my employee discount. Once a year I load up on Amazon gift cards and purchase them at ~46% off. I'm currently building my buddy a $3200 PC and only paying $2400 for it using this system by strictly using Amazon.
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