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Default 2nd GPU or new GPU? - 11-15-2013, 17:09 | posts: 1,090 | Location: North Wales

I have a 7870 Tahiti LE card atm. And after xmas I think I might get a 2nd one (only 130) and going crossfire.

Or is it worth selling this card and getting a 270X or something? Since 1 card is going to give less issues vs dual gpu.
   
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Default 11-15-2013, 17:39 | posts: 4,281 | Location: MI, USA

Well, if you buy a second one you'll have to deal with the inherent crossfire/sli issues. If you were to buy a single new card, I'd suggest the 280x instead of the 270x because looking in the review, the 270x is only a few fps ahead of the 7870.
   
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Default 11-15-2013, 17:40 | posts: 1,600 | Location: Unknown

7870 XT is roughly equal to 270X. So getting a 270X makes no sense at all. Either get a second 7870 XT or sell current and get a single fast card.
   
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Default 11-15-2013, 17:43 | posts: 7,811

If I was upgrading to a single card from a 7870 I'd at the very least aim for a 290.
   
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Default 11-15-2013, 17:44 | posts: 9,164 | Location: Toledo

Yeah, get a 280X. Worthwhile upgrade.
   
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Default 11-15-2013, 18:19 | posts: 26,671 | Location: Hampshire, UK

280x or (ideally) 290 custom cooler.
   
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Default 11-15-2013, 20:46 | posts: 1,090 | Location: North Wales

Might go for a 280x then me thinks.

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Default 11-15-2013, 21:01 | posts: 26,671 | Location: Hampshire, UK

See? You should've just bought a 7950 a few months ago
   
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Default 11-15-2013, 21:30 | posts: 3,317 | Location: Lebanon

I don't think 7870 LE to 280X is a worthwhile upgrade.
   
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Default 11-15-2013, 21:39 | posts: 2,019 | Location: Estonia

Me neither, 290 at least. It will be more of a sidegrade. Sure you get a lil more fps but.. not worth it.

So either 290 or another 7870 XT. +OC the crap outta em both. I'd go single 290 route I think. Will serve you a tad better I think. Wait for custom cards perhaps?

I'm sure the first custom cards will be out by December.. I hope? (Damn it's already almost 2014.. wtf)
   
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Default 11-15-2013, 21:43 | posts: 16,605 | Location: US East Coast

Why a 280X? Not really a huge increase over a Tahiti LE based 7870. 280X is Tahiti..... Would make more sense to get a 290...


   
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Default 11-15-2013, 21:43 | posts: 9,164 | Location: Toledo

Oh I didn't see he had a 7870 LE. Hmm, I would step up to a 290 then. More worth for sure.
   
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Default 11-15-2013, 21:48 | posts: 2,019 | Location: Estonia

Yeah, indeed..
   
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Default 11-15-2013, 21:53 | posts: 7,811

Especially not with his OC. That's why I said 290 minimum tbh.
   
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Default 11-15-2013, 21:58 | posts: 3,317 | Location: Lebanon

OP, you basically have a 7930, you see.
   
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Default 11-15-2013, 22:11 | posts: 1,245 | Location: New Zealand

290 minimum, wait for custom coolers too if you prefer to do your baking in the kitchen. No sence in buying a 280x as its just a 7970. When you upgrade, go for the newest gpus you can - these also over time will bring extra performance via amd drivers - a 7970/280x must be near maxed out by now.
   
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Default 11-15-2013, 22:20 | posts: 2,019 | Location: Estonia

Yeah.. pretty much. Damn talking about all these things gives me an upgrade itch. XD
   
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Default 11-15-2013, 22:22 | posts: 1,245 | Location: New Zealand

know what you mean, I kinda want to find a good clocking 3770k to replace my 3570K since it seems bf4 is actually making use of the hyper threading which will be handy for me now that I have a new monitor lol
   
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Default 11-15-2013, 22:37 | posts: 2,019 | Location: Estonia

Ah nice, what monitor?
   
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Default 11-15-2013, 22:45 | posts: 1,245 | Location: New Zealand

QNIX 2710. its a 27" Korean monitor 2560x1440p and overclocked to 110hz atm. ended up costing only $550NZD. So stoked

anyway sorry for the off topic guys. OP, consider the 290 if possible, you'll thank us later but please do also consider waiting for custom coolers
   
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Default 11-16-2013, 01:12 | posts: 1,090 | Location: North Wales

Id love a 290 but its to much

Looks like a 2nd 7870 is the better option for the time being.

Then I can save up and maybe get the 290 next summer.
   
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Default 11-16-2013, 01:59 | posts: 16,605 | Location: US East Coast

Quote:
Originally Posted by Deathchild View Post
Yeah.. pretty much. Damn talking about all these things gives me an upgrade itch. XD
Glad I don't have that problem....lol. I'm perfectly satisfied with what I have.

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Id love a 290 but its to much

Looks like a 2nd 7870 is the better option for the time being.

Then I can save up and maybe get the 290 next summer.
In games where Crossfire scales properly, you should get better performance from (Tahiti LE based) 7870 Crossfire than a single 290


   
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Default 11-16-2013, 02:12 | posts: 9,164 | Location: Toledo

Quote:
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Yeah.. pretty much. Damn talking about all these things gives me an upgrade itch. XD
I know them feels.
   
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Default 11-16-2013, 02:40 | posts: 24,251 | Location: NZ

I don't think CF with 2GB vram is a very good idea......or rather - why go CF if you still can't run high res or AA due to lack of vram...?

Kinda defeats the purpose of adding an extra GPU imho..

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Default 11-16-2013, 02:46 | posts: 1,090 | Location: North Wales

I never use crazy high AA anyway.. and on top of that, even with ghosts and BF4 maxed out, included AA settings my VRAM usages tops out at around 1.3gb so still got plenty of vram to go.
   
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