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HD 5850 crossfire or one HD 5970?

post #1 of 29
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Two HD 5850s are slightly cheaper than a single HD 5970 while two HD 5870s are much more expensive than one HD 5970. Since the HD 5970 has a dual GPU there is the problem with micro stutter and I would need to invest in a big tower to fit that huge card in. I really can't decide.

So either Two HD 5850 in crossfire or a single HD 5970 or maybe even a single HD 5870 and add a cheaper priced one later?

The computer will be a build around a core i7 920 with at least 6gb RAM.

Thanks.
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post #2 of 29
If you can afford it, I'd go for 1 5970 now and another next year.
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post #3 of 29
Wouldn't 2 5850s have microstutter too
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post #4 of 29
My vote goes for the 5970, it's right smack in the middle of 2x 5850's and 2x 5870's in terms of performance. Fastest card in the world son.....hell yeah

Also micro stutter would be a problem any time you have a multi-gpu setup, regardless of whether or not its all on one pcb (card) or two pcb's
post #5 of 29
Two 5850s, in my opinion.

You don't need more power than that for ANY game.
    
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post #7 of 29
hd5970 is the best choise
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post #8 of 29
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Isn't the micro stutter a significant problem with the HD 5970?
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post #9 of 29
no, its just a minor problem with all multi-gpu setups. its not simply limited to the 5970
post #10 of 29
5970, as "microstuddering" would be less, than with 2 5850s.
 
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