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So like many people recently I've decided to go down the route of getting another grapics card to boost my system in preparation for Battlefield 3 and Skyrim. I decided to add another 5850 because they can be had relatively cheap second hand and offer a nice performance boost. So I purchased a used card from ebay (after weeks of looking here for one >.<) an XFX reference model which I thought would go very nicely with my reference Gigabyte 5850 which had overclocked nicely (975-1175) and you can imagine I was looking forward to getting some nice oc's in crossfire too. well i'm afraid it wasn't I received my new/used card and decided to put into my system on its own to put it through its paces and make sure everything worked as it should. I was a bit dissappointed with it because it didnt really match up to my Gigabyte card and also ran hotter. But the card ran fine which was a relief. So right i though I'll put my Gigabyte back in as my primary as it runs cooler than the XFX. So got it all set up push the power button and I get no display on my monitor. It just went into to standy. Hmm I thought it must be crossfire causing the problems so I unplug the XFX card and try to start with the Gigabyte on its own, nothing...... my beloved Gigabyte was dead. So crossfire was on hold for 2 weeks while I sent the card in for RMA to Gigabyte and they sent me a 5850 OC non ref card as a replacement, not ideal but still. Also i'd like to say that Gigabytes RMA process is great and very fast. So I get my new replacement card and off I go. Everything works fine except that with crossfire enabled using any drivers past CAT 10.5 CoD 2 and CoD 4 will hard lock, weird, and I still havent figured out why. But I must say i'm very supirsed about the performance gains of crossfire after running a few benchmarks today I am mostly seeing an >%85 increase in performance when running crossfire compared to a single card. Here is the proof. https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?...thkey=COyTgbgP
I thought I would post this as I'm bored ^^ and I know a few people are probably thinking of going the same route. Which I would whole heartedly recommend.
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Very nice. It your CPU compliments it well. If I were you, though, I'd fight Gigabyte about getting a non-reference replacement.

Have fun with your new crossfire setup!
 
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Your post is funny because everything about what you said was negative until the last few sentences. I myself would love to CF with a reference Asus 5850. Can I asked how much did you pay for yours from ebay? Oh yeah and I would of complained about not getting a reference back from Gigabyte.
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I've been toying with the idea of going xfire as well. Did you notice micro stutter? I play BFBC2 and I've heard of a micro stutter caused by crossfire.
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Very nice. It your CPU compliments it well. If I were you, though, I'd fight Gigabyte about getting a non-reference replacement.

Have fun with your new crossfire setup!
Thanks I am I'm really not fussed about the reference card now. From what I've read its a pia to oc much in crossfire anyway and the performance they give with both card at 765Mhz core is great. Also this gigabyte card is a lot quieter than the old reference model so even though I've added a second card my system actually got quieter lol.

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Your post is funny because everything about what you said was negative until the last few sentences. I myself would love to CF with a reference Asus 5850. Can I asked how much did you pay for yours from ebay? Oh yeah and I would of complained about not getting a reference back from Gigabyte.
Ye believe me it was a very frustrating time, couldnt quite believe it but thats just the way these things seem to happen ^^ I paid £115 including shipping which tbh is probably a tenner more than I should have paid. As soon as I had bought the card a few cards popped up on here for sale lol also if you are in the UK www.overclockers.co.uk have some non ref 5850's coming in stock in April for £107.99 thats amazing value for a brand new card with warranty imho. http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=GX-259-SP

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I've been toying with the idea of going xfire as well. Did you notice micro stutter? I play BFBC2 and I've heard of a micro stutter caused by crossfire.
I have noticed zero micro stutter and BC2 runs like butter maxed settings 8xAA @ 1920x1080 never drops below 70 fps in mp. I might see if I can do a benchmark run too compare BC2 for you. Just difficult too get good consistent results when theres no proper benchmark tool for it.
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crossfirex for the win..... ummm no. lol

Oh and why fight with Gigabyte about a non reference, they will never give you one, they don't have them. Luck to have got a new board period. even more so if you was overclocking it and most likely your fault the card died
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What? Congrats you win the most retarded post of the day award. Where do I say I'm going to fight Gigabyte??? I actually say I'm not fussed and praise their RMA service. If you actually had the brain capacity to read a thread before posting you would have known all that. Also who knows why the card died it could have been me but I would highely doubt it as I never psuhed it to ridiculous levels and it never showed any signs of going bad before it just wouldn't display. Plus I'm not lucky to get a new board at all their cards are under warranty for 2 years and I'm sure if their technicians had reasonable doubts about how I had treated the card they would have refused an RMA. But they didnt so yeah..w/e
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post #8 of 13
He was just responding to some others that posted in reply to you. On of them said
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Very nice. It your CPU compliments it well. If I were you, though, I'd fight Gigabyte about getting a non-reference replacement.

Have fun with your new crossfire setup!
peace and chicken grease.
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Great to hear im also loving my tri fire 5970+5870 runs great havet notied any real problems and nice boost in games.
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Thanks I am I'm really not fussed about the reference card now. From what I've read its a pia to oc much in crossfire anyway and the performance they give with both card at 765Mhz core is great. Also this gigabyte card is a lot quieter than the old reference model so even though I've added a second card my system actually got quieter lol.



Ye believe me it was a very frustrating time, couldnt quite believe it but thats just the way these things seem to happen ^^ I paid £115 including shipping which tbh is probably a tenner more than I should have paid. As soon as I had bought the card a few cards popped up on here for sale lol also if you are in the UK www.overclockers.co.uk have some non ref 5850's coming in stock in April for £107.99 thats amazing value for a brand new card with warranty imho. http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=GX-259-SP



I have noticed zero micro stutter and BC2 runs like butter maxed settings 8xAA @ 1920x1080 never drops below 70 fps in mp. I might see if I can do a benchmark run too compare BC2 for you. Just difficult too get good consistent results when theres no proper benchmark tool for it.
Run high value target, fixed route.
Start the bench at the bridge save point, end it at the AA gun.

This is what I got on the 10.5 cats.
No doubt there's been improvements since then, that and I'm on a SB rig now.

Attachment 203311

Matter of fact here are all the games I've tested, I have no doubt that many of those have improved.

You know something I noticed, plenty of CFX users post their scaling results, why don't NV users do the same?

Edited by grunion - 4/1/11 at 8:08pm
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