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post #1 of 4
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Hi all,


I need some advice!

I'm curretly running two xfx HD 4870x2 in crossfire on a ASUS Rampage II extreme. performance wise I am very happy....but the problem I have is cooling as to maintain the PCIEx16 the cards sit very close together in the first two slots (the 3rd one defaults to x8).

Now i've looked into 3rd party bolt on cooling (not enough space) and also water cooling both GPU's (expensive).

So i'm considering selling the two 4870x2 and getting one high end card (+£400 budget)

My questions are:

How much could i expect to get for both cards?
Will a new single DX11 card perform as well if not better?

Thanks for any advice!!!
post #2 of 4
Dont really know about the performance of crossfired 4870x2s, but I am sure that a single gtx580 or a pair of hd6950s will perform better in newer games. Look into these setups and get the one you prefer. Both will fit your budget once you have sold your current cards. Personally I would have picked up a gtx580.
    
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post #3 of 4
CF 4870x2 (quad crossfire) is still a fairly powerful setup. Depending what DX11 card you consider, you might actually look at a downgrade in performance from your current setup.

Have you tried the 8x slot and tested performance? Most figures I've seen are ~1-3% performance loss if even that. You might be even able to get it back if the better temps allows a higher clock.
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Thanks Guys, some good advice! Will try the bottom PCIE slot and see how that changes performance, it will make the card close to the PSU but it's worth a try!!
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