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I may be crazy but with the price drop in R9 290s on newegg.com it is pretty tempting to want another R9 290. My only problem is the way I would be running these two cards. I have a M5A97 Evo 970 chip-set MB that only takes x16/x4 Crossfire. This alone I know would cause a bottleneck with two R9 290's especially since there is not bridge. But is it really that much more at all. On top of that I have Phenom 2 1090t. I personally think this processor still has a lot of life left as long as AMD isn't upgrading their FX line anytime soon. It is also overclocked to 4.0 GHz because I can.

I am also only playing at 1080p but I do enjoy high fps even if I only have a 60 Hz monitor (OC to 70Hz). This meaning I wouldn't be pushing through copious amounts of data due to high resolution display setups. Anyway should I not even bother or is it a viable option at all?
post #2 of 18
Your mother should have not any problems with CrossFireX, but I'm wondering what's your PSU brand and name.I think you might not need 2 cards, but you really should have a bridge.it makes everything go smoother.
post #3 of 18
Don't bother at 1080p 60 (or 70) Hz. Keep your money in your pocket and use it when you want to upgrade that mobo+cpu.
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I think you might not need 2 cards, but you really should have a bridge.it makes everything go smoother.

What do you mean? Crossfire with 290(x) is bridgeless...
Edited by TiezZ BE - 10/25/14 at 12:25pm
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I mean 2 GPUs are not that OP because the second GPU is not even working as hard as the first and worst of all VRAM doesn't stack.
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i hate my crossfire, amd drivers are terrible to this day unless it single gpu.
    
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2 high end gpu's combined with a decent cpu is very good for higher resolutions, just not for this resolution and mobo+cpu combination.
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i hate my crossfire, amd drivers are terrible to this day unless it single gpu.


i warned you about crossfiring with an i5.
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post #10 of 18
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Thanks for the replies guys. I will probably not go through with another R9 290 then. I have considered upgrading my motherboard in the past before. However, if I do I have to deal with the fact my Windows 7 Pro is an OEM edition. Numerous times I have heard you can't reinstall the OEM version onto another MB. I should probably make my next major computer purchase a decent 1440p monitor. That seems to be where this R9 290 really shines even against the 970 and 980 from the bench marks I have been seeing.
Edited by tristan3214 - 10/25/14 at 12:51pm
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