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I was thinking about grabbing a second 7950 in the coming month or so, wherever my paychecks let me, as the prices have gone down to NORMAL rates, about 200 bucks, which is very good. The extra performance on my 1440p would be much loved. Yes I know about the issues of 2 cards, but im willing to use it.

With all this talk on dx12, should I wait for dx12 cards to come out, and invest in a single dx12 card? I know my 7950 could take advantage of SOME of the features of dx12, but the new hardware will be built around it.

Recommendations? I love graphics, and having to put crysis 3 at high / med settings makes me sad panda
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You're going to be waiting a while for cards that offer full DX12 support, I'd say late Q1 2015 at the earliest.

So just grab another 7950 for the moment.
 

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You're going to be waiting a while for cards that offer full DX12 support, I'd say late Q1 2015 at the earliest.

So just grab another 7950 for the moment.
Well, I may even be willing to wait if it's worth it. How you you think the adoption rate would be? Seeing as it took 3, almost 4 years for dx11 to be fully adopted by mainstream. If dx12 is game changing, how much you think a pair of 7950's would go at auction?
 

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As far as I can tell, DX12 is more an optimisation of DX11 that will still run on DX11 cards, albeit possibly not as well, which should help a lot with adoption by devs as it will benefit everybody. Plus the Xbone can use DX12.

Personally the whole idea of xfire seems wasteful to me, with the dropped frames, bad frame time etc. You could sell your current 7950 for around £140 and get a single 290x cheaper overall, might be less total FPS but it should look smoother and give you less hassle.

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Most DX11 cards will 'support' DX12 but they have already stated you won't get full functionality. We don't know what this functionality is yet though.

I can second the 290/290X suggestion though. Crossfire has improved a lot recently but I would still always go for the better single card.
 

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Most DX11 cards will 'support' DX12 but they have already stated you won't get full functionality. We don't know what this functionality is yet though.

I can second the 290/290X suggestion though. Crossfire has improved a lot recently but I would still always go for the better single card.
What I mostly meant by DX11 cards supporting DX12 is that regardless of lower functionality it gives devs no real reason to choose DX11 over DX12 in order to support the majority of the market with originally DX11 cards.
 

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OP the next gen 20nm GPUs are atleast 6 - 9 months away. I agree with the others that a single GPU is the best option for consistent performance. sell the HD 7950 and get a R9 290 and overclock it. you should be able to play 1440p at very high settings without MSAA and probably 2x MSAA.

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/65741-xfx-r9-290-double-dissipation-review-8.html
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/65172-sapphire-r9-290-4gb-tri-x-oc-review-8.html
 
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