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Poll Results: Are you satisfied with CrossFire?

 
  • 75% (27)
    Yes, it was a good investment and I don't regret it.
  • 16% (6)
    It's okay.
  • 8% (3)
    No, I should have spent the money on something else.
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post #11 of 15
I've had:

2 - 4850's
2 - 4870's
2 - 4890's
2 - 4870X2's
2 - 5850's
2 - 5870's
2 - 5970's
2 - 6870's (most recently)

As you can, see from my sig, I'm now running a single GTX580...

Crossfire has always been hit or miss for me. Definitely provides higher maximum frame rates and definitely has less micro-stutter than the various SLI configs I have had (yes, many...).

However, I have seen many issues come and go with various driver releases over the years, some of which drove me near crazy (for example with the two 6870's, flickering black screen in BC2 as well as graphic distortion of scenery).

Also, worth noting is minimum FPS. I have found that a single fast card, in some cases provides better minimum FPS than a pair of cards (although it typically gets killed in the max FPS department). Frankly, I consider minimum FPS more important than max (anything north of 100 FPS really doesn't matter much...).

I had a pair of 6970's pre-ordered but instead went with a GTX580. It would be very difficult at this point to convince me to ge back to Crossfire (or SLI for that matter).
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post #12 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by Robilar View Post
I've had:

2 - 4850's
2 - 4870's
2 - 4890's
2 - 4870X2's
2 - 5850's
2 - 5870's
2 - 5970's
2 - 6870's (most recently)

As you can, see from my sig, I'm now running a single GTX580...

Crossfire has always been hit or miss for me. Definitely provides higher maximum frame rates and definitely has less micro-stutter than the various SLI configs I have had (yes, many...).

However, I have seen many issues come and go with various driver releases over the years, some of which drove me near crazy (for example with the two 6870's, flickering black screen in BC2 as well as graphic distortion of scenery).

Also, worth noting is minimum FPS. I have found that a single fast card, in some cases provides better minimum FPS than a pair of cards (although it typically gets killed in the max FPS department). Frankly, I consider minimum FPS more important than max (anything north of 100 FPS really doesn't matter much...).

I had a pair of 6970's pre-ordered but instead went with a GTX580. It would be very difficult at this point to convince me to ge back to Crossfire (or SLI for that matter).
I agree with Roblinar for the most part, and we have tried out the same titles before, I found that Microstutter was far worse for me.

Microstutter was improved slightly by disabling HPET for me. For others though it made Microstutter disappear all together.

Microstutter can make 300 FPS on a benchmark feel like a low 30. I also was a victim of terrible driver support and was required to flash a variety of BIOS's from my Vendor to help compensate ATI's snafu in Driver, 2D Clocks, BSOD, GSOD, and Artifacting in games or Aero Desktop.

My cards were the 5870s, I had one reference, and two non-reference cards, and there was no real combination (other than a single card) solution that I didn't have low FPS in games. If it wasn't low FPS it was bizarre graphical glitches in every other game.

I am constantly infuriated by people who say there were no issues with the drivers but then I have to learn patience when dealing with children. Even then with a single card, I often received various BSOD or CTDs with ATIKMDAG/ATIKMAP drivers failing. There were months where ATi forums flooded with complaints and worst of all it isn't even monitored by ATi employees at all (so no support.)

For every game I got it to work well with, and it does work great when it decides to not crash, I broke two more games with settings/tweaks/drivers.

I personally will never buy another ATi/AMD card again for that simple fact. I am not rooting for all things nVidia, but I wasn't really left with much of choice of manufacturers. At first I didn't have any intention of going SLi, after my CrossfireX snafu, but after how clean and easy one card seemed to work and a great deal on two DangerDen waterblocks for 580s, I decided why not. My experience has been much better, but there are still a few hiccups here and there and most games do NOT require two of the beasts so essentially its overkill, even for 120 Hz monitor or 3D Gaming.

I would recommend a SINGLE GPU solution every single time and go powerful. The only time I really think you need the multi-cards for ATi would be Eyefinity at max resolution and max AA. I personally think a single 6990 would be a much better solution than two physical single cards, however I remember the 5970s right there next to me, suffering thousands of different problems too.

Judging by the new generation of cards and the 68xx refreshes, it looks like they cleaned house and are finally pulling there heads out of their rear for driver support. I don't personally think its as bad of choice as when I did it, but you really do add a level of headache just for higher FPS on top of already high numbers already (save Crysis and Metro of course.)

Roblinar hit on the head, stick with one powerful GPU, and you will not be unhappy.
Edited by RagingCain - 1/29/11 at 11:46am
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Overall for the price I paid ($320 after MIBs), I'm greatful I made this choice. These cards make my rig look like pure sex. They give me more performance than 5970 and GTX 580 in most applications, all while not having to sell one of my organs to afford it. Only complaints I have are in BC2:

Quote:
Originally Posted by Robilar View Post
However, I have seen many issues come and go with various driver releases over the years, some of which drove me near crazy (for example with the two 6870's, flickering black screen in BC2 as well as graphic distortion of scenery).

Also, worth noting is minimum FPS. I have found that a single fast card, in some cases provides better minimum FPS than a pair of cards (although it typically gets killed in the max FPS department). Frankly, I consider minimum FPS more important than max (anything north of 100 FPS really doesn't matter much...).
I know what your saying man, I've dealt with these exact same issues in BC2 that you are having. Low min fps, black flickering, and scenery distortion, good to know I'm not the only one. As for other games, they all run smoothly.. I hope AMD takes care of these BC2 issues soon.
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post #14 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by kiwiasian View Post
Any negative comments on crossfire?
Some games don't support Crossfire.

With that being said, I'm loving my 5870's.
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What about microstutter?
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