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7870 CF vs 9950

Poll Results: What should I do?

 
  • 62% (5)
    Be Nice
  • 37% (3)
    Be Selfish
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post #1 of 5
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I already have a 7870. Since AMD improved their CF, is it best for me to try to get a second 7870 for $150-ish, or go for a 9950?

Going for the 9950 will obviously cost me more than twice the price of a used 7870 and use less power. My friend will also be happy if I give him my 7870 and go for the 9950.

On the other hand, the second 7870 will be so much cheaper, and I think crossfire will look kinda cool.


Should I be selfish or should I burn a hole in my wallet?

Edit: Don't worry about my motherboard's specs.
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post #2 of 5
I would wait to see the performance and the price of the 9950 and then i would decide, You ll benefit from waiting since you may get the 7870 even cheaper then. But i know i would get the latest gfx offer available, plus i dont like crossfire/sli setups.
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post #3 of 5
OP without knowing the performance of HD 9950 its difficult to say. if the HD 9950 is closer to GTX 780 and has lot of OC headroom , then HD 9950 is the better option. also whats your budget for the upgrade. right now there are too many unknowns wrt HD 9950. price , perf, OC headroom.

imo a single GPU is always better than multi GPU. for eg: Company of Heroes 2 , a recent game does not support multi GPU at all. most modern games have good support for multi GPU. but multi GPU perf scaling can vary from game to game.also there is lesser power consumption, heat and noise with single GPU.

I suggest you wait till HD 9950 launch and then decide based on price and perf. Oct seems to be the month when these cards will launch. hang on.
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post #4 of 5
Considering the 9950 is 10% faster than a 7970 it is not a bad choice and no CF scaling problems.
post #5 of 5
I have xfired 7870s and love it. I enjoy it more than when I had a 7970. Single GPU does come in handy for many instances though.

I will personally be switching back to a single GPU once 20nm is released. But until then, at 1080p, I can handle anything thrown at me on ultra setting and will for a while.
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