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What do you guys/girls think of running 2 HD6870 in crosfire. Allso if it is a good idear to run2 can my MoBo run it (Gigabyte GA-970A-D3).

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Hi Mate.

 

Now I asume you already have on 6870 and want to add another? I which case you can. Your board supports CrossFireX.

 

Though I question the value of doing this. Plus the 6870's are getting hard to come by. You might be better off simply upgrading to a faster single card solution.

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Well you can pick up a 6870 for under $160 (msy) and can get a rig that can put out some really good FPS on your games, even at 2560 x 1600. In CF they are very powerful and if you have a 6870 then I don't see why not get another and putting it in CF.

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1g gpu mem and a few problems from crossfire would be why i wouldnt bother with 6870 crossfire

but it would be able to almost double your fps in some games

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I own this rig, 2 6780's in crossfire and i find once in a blue moon an issue with them. I also would like to note i play a fair amount of different games. Now Dasa is right in saying the 1gig of memory on the cards is a limiting factor. This is especially noticeable on games with high detail textures such as BF3 as you will seem to have a high amount of frames then notice some thrashing as the memory has to load other stuff in. Thats about the only issue i have found for this set up but to be completely honest i love it and have got nothing really bad to say about it.

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1g gpu mem and a few problems from crossfire would be why i wouldnt bother with 6870 crossfire

The 1g gpu memory is a downer but there's not many problems I've heard from or seen from a couple of my mates that run them. CF 6870s imo is actually a pretty damn good idea seeing as they are basically sub $150 and with the power they put out, I can't honestly see why not, especially if you are strapped for cash (not saying you are, just saying that's even more of a reason to get it).

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I don't see why not as long as your PSU is up to the job. For under $160 that's a really good deal. In the long run it would be better to get a powerful single GPU card like a 7950/7970 or even an overclocked 7870 but if you want a nice FPS boost there is no reason not to get another card. Just remember that your PSU will be under more stress, it can get pretty noisy and there will be more heat.

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A semi decent bronze rated or better 750W which is from a good brand like Seasonic or Corsair is more than enough for 6870 crossfire. However if you have a crap 750W PSU that is inefficent then well no it's going to struggle with Crossfire.

 

What exact model PSU do you have?

 

Also look at this thead: http://forums.atomicmpc.com.au/index.php?showtopic=264

The maximum you will ever draw from the two cards combined is 292 watts. Add in another 100 - 175 watts for all the other parts like CPU and HDD etc and you will be around 470W although realisticly you would never really draw that much power.

Also use this tool to be sure: http://www.thermaltake.outervision.com/Power

 

Edit: WTF is brank I really need to learn to spell.

Edited by insertfunnyname

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My psu is a Thermaltake litepower. Would it be better to go out and buy a $300 card. Because soon i will be building a low end gaming pc for my mate and was thinking to sell him my old card and just buy a bigger card for my rig. But its hard to find a card around the $300 mark thats why i was thinking on going 2 6870s and if i do go 1 biger card what would be good around $300.

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Hmmm as Dasa said, you can pick up a 7870 for around $350 and that has the performance just shy of a gtx 580, so you won't be needing to upgrade anytime soon after that :P. If not, a 7850 has the performance of the 6970 and you can pick them up for $250, so its really up to you. Both are brilliant cards especially for their price point.

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Well you could run two 6870's off that PSU.

And as Dasa said you can get a 7870 which is a great card for the price. Personally I think the 7870 is the way to go as it will be cooler, quiter and draw less power. Also the 7870's overclock really well and you have 2GB VRAM which is plenty for a 1920x1080 resolution or lower.

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For an extra $100 get a 670 they are beast.

Also I have a Gigabyte SoC870 can I still CF it or would I need to find the exact match?

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