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How many people are able to successfully crossfire 58xx cards?

Poll Results: Have you been able to successfully crossfire your 58xx cards?

 
  • 80% (24)
    Yes
  • 6% (2)
    Had problems in the beginning, but resolved them.
  • 13% (4)
    No
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post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
So I am seriously considering getting a second 5850 and running it in crossfire, but I have read so many horror stories that it is making me nervous. I have a reference XFX 5850, and was looking to pick up a second. Both cards will be water cooled, so temps will not be an issue. So is it worth the risk, or should I hold off on upgrading for a while?
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post #2 of 27
Go for it im very happy with mine see sig for cards
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post #3 of 27
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Do you ever take a performance hit in any games? I will mostly be playing COD, Shogun 2, and BF3, when it comes out.
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post #4 of 27
Are you not satisfied with a single HD 5850 atm?
You shouldn't have any problem using crossfire if you set them up correctly.

Remember, you can crossfire any of the 58xx series cards with each other.
If you just need a small amount more of graphics processing power, perhaps save money and invest into an HD 5830.
    
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post #5 of 27
WAIT.

Do NOT get a second 5850. Get a new monitor. The one you are currently using is actually BOTTLENECKING your video card. You will be able to run COD, Shotgun 2 and BF3, all on max with over 60FPS on a single 5850. Please upgrade your monitor.
    
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post #6 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by lilmanmgf;12450321 
Do you ever take a performance hit in any games? I will mostly be playing COD, Shogun 2, and BF3, when it comes out.

Some games don't support crossfire, so it won't matter if you have 2 cards or just 1. Just an FYI.

I noticed stuttering in a few games with dual 5770's, while a single one never gave me a problem.
    
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post #7 of 27
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lostintyme;12450359 
WAIT.

Do NOT get a second 5850. Get a new monitor. The one you are currently using is actually BOTTLENECKING your video card. You will be able to run COD, Shotgun 2 and BF3, all on max with over 60FPS on a single 5850. Please upgrade your monitor.

I never updated my sig, but I currently have a Samsung P2450. The question is will I be able to run BF3 maxed out with AA? And when it comes two Total War games they seem to heavily tax any card.
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post #8 of 27
COD and Shotgun 2 should be running with optimal FPS right now on the P2450 with a single 5850 at 950/1200. You should wait until BF3 comes out, and it will probably* run fine with AA(It can run BFBC2 medium without AA on 5760x1080 on stock clocks)

*Disclaimer: The minimum specs for BC3 are not out yet so take my opinion with a grain of salt.
    
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post #9 of 27
Thread Starter 
Currently I am able to run all games I play with max graphics and 8x AA at 1080 without any issues. I'm considering getting a second 5850 to boost the longevity of this rig. I do not plan on purchasing another $400 video card for at least another year and a half. In most benchmark websites 5850s in crossfire seem to perform as well a 5970. If a used 5850 is enough to keep running games on high for another two years then it would be worth it. However if I am just going to experience headaches it wont be.
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post #10 of 27
I know bad company 2 with my setup runs butter smooth with everything maxed out, including AA.
    
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