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I have this card...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814131335

I was thinking of trifiring and picking up another 5870 + EK plate --- anyone seeing significant results based on my set up? (lots of FPS gaming and a little MMO)

Is my current 5970 card basically 2x 5870 cpus and 2 gigs per cpu or is it 2 cpus 1 gig per?

should I pick up a 1 gig 5870 or a 2 gig .... or can I only pick up one or the other?

anyone selling anything send a PM.

thanks OCN
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a 5970 at stock is basically a 5970 (cypress chip) at 5850 speed. They downclocked them to get them under the power standard. If you OC the card to 900/1200, which shouldn't be hard with h2o, then you will have 2 5870 gpus. Each gpu has 1 gb of ram. 2 total for the entire card. If you add a 2 gb 5870, the extra ram will only be available to the 5870 gpu. If you're dead set on tri-fire, I'd say get the cheapest 5870 you can find- or one of the new 6 series... they're lookin pretty good.
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I have a 5970/5870 trifire setup and really like it. Great scaling.
I'd say go for it used 5870's are pretty cheap right now
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I have a 5970/5870 trifire setup and really like it. Great scaling.
I'd say go for it used 5870's are pretty cheap right now
cool so significantly better gaming performance versus just the 5970 card alone ? is $150 for a 1gig 5870 a good deal?
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cool so significantly better gaming performance versus just the 5970 card alone ? is $150 for a 1gig 5870 a good deal?
I think $150 is a great deal. The cheapest one I've seen sold for $200 on this forum.
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haha, be strange and get a 5850 it works well too
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