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post #11 of 22
useful topic.... I'm also having the same Dilemma ( going 5850 CF or not ! ), but reading the comments here, I'm also convinced to get my second 5850 ^^.

I won't go eyefinity or anything, so 5850 CF is more than sufficient .
Edited by luches - 3/26/11 at 5:42pm
post #12 of 22
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I've heard it's amazing and gives great improvements over a single card.
NOOOOOO

Crossfire is nothing but a pain in the ass.

You thought ATI drivers were bad? Wait til you crossfire.

If you do want to crossfire, I'll gladly sell you my second 5850, which I've owned for less than three days.
post #13 of 22
you do realize that most CF issues people get are due their own lack of knowledge !! Bad driver installation plus lots of other newbish mistakes. I know tons of people who have gone CF with proper grasp over the setup and haven't encountered any problems . Blaming the CF for everything is unreasonable. CF is not perfect, but it's not as problematic as some make it sound !

I wanted to be sure about the scaling, and seems the improvments is substantial ( according to the comments).

It's common knowledge that CF or SLI have their own tweaks, and certainly harder to customize than single card setup.
Edited by luches - 3/27/11 at 4:25am
post #14 of 22
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You could get a 5850 but good luck with drivers
At least they don't cause the card to explode. But yeah I'd go xfire as the the 5000 series are hurting on the tessellation ( One of my favorite features) and it helps mitigate it on one screen.
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NOOOOOO

Crossfire is nothing but a pain in the ass.

You thought ATI drivers were bad? Wait til you crossfire.

If you do want to crossfire, I'll gladly sell you my second 5850, which I've owned for less than three days.
Neither AMD nor Nvidia drivers have been bad for me...I have owned two crossfire setups before this(and also have a second 6950 on its way for the third time of Crossfire), I am sorry for your troubles...but one time does not a trend make...if you had CONSISTENT issues, that would have more of a impact...I HAVE run CFed 5850s with no issues whatsoever...

Yes OP crossfire can deliver improvments in FPS performance... All depends if you think it is worth it in the long run
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Do pretty much all games take advantage of crossfire, or does it work on some games and not on others?
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post #18 of 22
Since you're playing that res, I suggest selling your existing card and using all the money to get a better single card setup. A 6950 would be a pretty good upgrade.
post #19 of 22
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Do pretty much all games take advantage of crossfire, or does it work on some games and not on others?
virtually all games support it except crysis 2.
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post #20 of 22
Crossfire your 5850. I whould say get a GTX560 or the like but it will not be as big of a boost as 2x 5850s.

Also, he isn't entirly wrong about drivers, ATI seem to have forgotten a bit about 5xxx, but the new 11.2/11.4 have been stable for 5xxx.

i'd say do it.
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