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AMD 7870 GHz CrossfireX or AMD R9 280x

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The question is basically that. Benchmarks and reviews show that the crossfire of two 7870GHz editions ($280 total) is still consistently faster than the R9 280x(7970 approx),

Yes I do realize stuttering possibility, some games unsupport for CF, VRAM mirroring, and another chance of failure in the long run.

But what do you guys think?
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If you've got the PSU and airflow in your case for it, go with Crossfired Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHZ OC 2 GB.

You will definitely have more horsepower with that setup vs. a single Radeon R9 280X.
Edited by BYOGamingPC - 11/21/13 at 11:38am
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Agreed - assuming a resolution of 1080p, for games that require that much horsepower, you'll have it and likely the driver support. For games that are more likely to have driver issues etc, you're more likely to be able to get away with just 1 card, overclocked. There may be a minute few exceptions.

Go crossfire mate!
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I've heard of CF having quite a few frame problems though

Do you guys run CF setups? How do you feel about stutter or tearing or the compatability of games with CF?
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I have the 7870 Devil X-Fired with a R9 270x Devil. I love it, I have had 0 issues with in games with the newest beta driver. I also got a nice graphics score in 3DMark as well as other bench's, (see below). It's my 1st X-Fire experience so I was considering waiting for a non- ref. 290 but I could not seem to get myself to sell the Devil down the river.



Here is what I found later, my set-up beat the Titan in 3Dmark 11 and Heaven 4.0. The game I am playing now Battlefield 3 get's 130 FPS average.

You might not be will to spend $400 to get there but it gives you and idea of what a 7870 or 270x X-Fire set-up can do.
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OP if you already have a HD 7870 sell it for USD 150. spend another 250 bucks and get a R9 290. wait for custom R9 290 cards to launch in the 2nd week of dec. around 2x the perf of HD 7870. never have we seen price increase linearly with performance especially with high end GPUs as is the case with R9 290. R9 290 is easily the best bang for buck card and the card to get.

http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1791552
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OP if you have a 7870, and play at 1080p then get a second 7870. micro stutter is pretty much done. I also run crossfire 7870s and its awsome. for the games that dont support crossfire chances are they dont need it anyway in my experience. Turn off a card and a 7870 is plenty powerful enough to max most games at nice playable Frame rates. save yourself the hassle of trying to sell your graphics card for a 290.
either way its 2560 stream processors and unless you have a need for a 4gb frame buffer then its wasted tech. 1080p i doubt will require 4gb anytime soon. Hope this helps good luck whatever you decide:)


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The AMD 7870 GHz Edition is on sale for $108 right now. I'll be picking two up. At $220, this is amazing.
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