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Windows 7: Go Crossfire or Go New?


01 May 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium [64-Bit]
 
 
Go Crossfire or Go New?

Hi guys.
A VERY DIFFICULT CHOICE FOR ME lies ahead. I have saved up a little cash and I want to replace my Radeon HD 4850. I have the sapphire version, which is VGA and DVI but the 512 MB of memory are starting to loosen my performance up in terms of framerate and load times...

My only question is - do I crossfire another one or two 4850's into this one to boost up my FPS, or do I just screw that and get a new videocard? If you're for a new GPU, make sure you mention what you think will be good.Also, I'm not spending any more than 250-280 bucks on it, so if you're suggesting a new GPU keep it somewhere within that price range.

P.S.: My motherboard is GIGABYTE GA-G31M-S2C.


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01 May 2011   #2

 
 

Go new. Two 4850's is around the 4890/5770 speed area but 512MB simply doesn't cut it any more.

A GTX 560 ti or AMD 6950 should be around your price range.
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01 May 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium [64-Bit]
 
 

Thanks. The 6000 series sound good. Also, since I know little about bardware, does my motherboard fully support a GDDR5 or DDR5 gpu?
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01 May 2011   #4

 
 

Yep, not a problem at all.

The one thing I would double check is your Power Supply.

Quote:
500 Watt or greater power supply with two 75W 6-pin PCI Express® power connectors recommended - 30 AMPS on the 12v rail.
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01 May 2011   #5

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+1 on the power supply but also on the case dimensions at the intended PCi slot and please allow for the power connections as well.
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01 May 2011   #6

 
 

the 6 series power connections are on the side rather than the back end so it shouldn't be a factor unless his case is very very narrow, but be sure you have enough space for it to fit length ways.

the 6950 2gb is an amazing card, currently testing one at work in some quirky builds for custom work and they are amazing, the nvidia at the same price point just doesn't compare in any way.
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01 May 2011   #7

windows 7 professional x64
 
 

does your board only have one pci express slot as you would have to buy a new board for crossfire and so it would probably be worthwhile in the long run to upgrade, I was looking at buying the Sapphire ATI Radeon 6950 2GB, so would suggest that one to
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01 May 2011   #8

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For sure one card at this/your juncture.
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01 May 2011   #9

windows 7 professional x64
 
 

what you mean
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02 May 2011   #10

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Best to just stick with the one 6 series card and not to crossfire the 4 series.
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