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What should I upgrade to? (5850 CF to 7950 or 7970/280X?)

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I'm currently thinking of upgrading from a dual card setup to a single card. Crossfire is nice when it works out great, but I just end up playing most of my games in borderless fullscreen window mode. I'm unsure which card I should choose to upgrade to. Should going from a 5850 CF to a 7950 be a good marginal upgrade for the price or should I just shell out more money for a bigger performance gain and get a 7970/280X? redface.gif
Edited by NightHawK360 - 10/18/13 at 2:16pm
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I think this is a very good deal.

MSI R7970 TF 3GD5/OC BE $280
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127732

7950/ 7970/ 280X will perform about on par with CF 5850 in DX9/ 10 games, slightly better in DX11 heavy games and will provide smoother experience overall when compared to the crossfire setup.
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going for HD 7950 / HD 7970 from HD 5850 CF is an upgrade especially in DX11 games.

http://www.pcgameshardware.de/Battlefield-4-PC-238749/Tests/Battlefield-4-Beta-Test-Grafikkarten-Benchmarks-1090869/

1920 x 1080 Ultra 4x MSAA

HD 7970 Ghz - 55.3
HD 7950 boost - 47.1
HD 5870 - 19.1

CF scaling in best cases is 1.8 - 1.9x. moreover the average overclock on HD 7950 is 1100 - 1150 mhz. at those speeds performance matches HD 7970 Ghz. at the same clocks HD 7950 is 5 - 7% slower than HD 7970. if you can grab a HD 7950 for usd 200 - 220 its the best value for money. but there are some good HD 7970 cards for USD 300 - 310. the HIS HD 7970 Ghz is a fantastic card for USD 310. excellent cooler. unlocked voltage. card length is 311mm. should fit in your case if you remove the HDD cage.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161431
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Thanks guys, looks like i'll be leaning towards getting a 7970. thumb.gif
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