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Upgrading to CROSSFIRE, Do I actually NEED too?


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#1 IdahoBiker

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Posted 17 January 2011 - 07:47 PM

Just wanted to Find out if Going From the Present XFX Radeon HD 5770 (HD577A-ZNFC Juniper) to an Actual CROSSFIRE setup is really NEEDED??
I have the Option of another Matching Card for $115...I'm a Mild Gamer (Never Have Overclocked), I play WoW, and Diablo2-LOD Online, and going to Add Final Fantasy XI Online, Plus adding 1 - 27" LCD HDMI w/1ms Response Time Gaming Monitor(2-Monitors seem Pretty Rad but One is Plenty "I Think")...Don't even Know IF the New MB(Gigabyte GA-790FXTA-UD5) will Handle 2 of these Cards Side x Side(They seem Fairly Large Installed, and what about Cooling??
Actually waiting for the New Diablo 3 to come Out, that's the Game for me, lol...

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Posted 17 January 2011 - 08:18 PM

The games you mentioned will work fine with the current graphics card. The motherboard should be fine with 2 graphics card side by side.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 17 January 2011 - 10:27 PM

Probably not with those games, though it couldnt hurt. I personally love my crossfire setup, can't say as I really needed it though. . .

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Media Center: Motherboard: Gigabyte mp61p-S3, Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+, Memory: 6 gigs Patriot DDR2 800, Video: Gigabyte GeForce GT730, Storage: 500 gig Hitachi, PSU: Seasonic M1211 620W full modular, OS: Windows 10.

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 07:33 PM

With those games you're probably good as is. The benefits of Crossfire come in if you upgrade using high-end graphics cards. One really powerful card by itself is often a better idea before going to a multi-GPU setup. The 5770 is currently a low-end model. If you Crossfire two 5770's, assuming the game can utilize both cards at 100%, which doesn't happen, you would theoretically have the same performance as that found in a Radeon 6950. Real world performance would probably be closer to a Radeon 6870.

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Posted 22 January 2011 - 05:35 PM

it depends i have two gigabyte 5770s in crosfire and oc both. pc is faster but as for frames should be about the same if u oc or not. but as for 2 5770s if u have a at least a 3ghz cpu and like3gb of ram. you should be good with out going to crossfire.

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Posted 22 January 2011 - 10:15 PM

Another thing to keep in mind is that, if you use multiple GPU's, the information contained one GPU must be identical in all other GPU's. Therefore, the amount of memory can become important, especially at higher resolutions. Given that most non-HTPC use 1GB or more of RAM, it isn't much of an issue nowadays.

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Posted 22 January 2011 - 10:54 PM

I'm running a AMD Phenom II x 4 Black Edition 955 CPU, and 4GB (2 x 2GB) of G. Skill RipJaws DDR3-1333, think that should handle it?

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Posted 22 January 2011 - 11:04 PM

Easily handle the game yes. If your asking whether you can handle crossfire or not, that is dependant on your motherboard and PSU.

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Media Center: Motherboard: Gigabyte mp61p-S3, Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+, Memory: 6 gigs Patriot DDR2 800, Video: Gigabyte GeForce GT730, Storage: 500 gig Hitachi, PSU: Seasonic M1211 620W full modular, OS: Windows 10.

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Posted 23 January 2011 - 03:28 PM

Easily handle the game yes. If your asking whether you can handle crossfire or not, that is dependant on your motherboard and PSU.


Well My Motherboard (MB) is a Gigabyte GA-790FXTA-UD5, and my PSU is a Thermaltake 850W Black Widow,
and running 3 x 1TB F3 Spinpoint (Samsung) Hard-Drives in a RAID 0//Striped Format (thinking about going to "Parity"// RAID 5)
Was going to Use Acronis True Image for Back-Up on the 3rd HDD (Not Installed)
NOTE: The 3-4 HDD Issue is another Topic That I made a Question about. (Which means I will Have to Reformat, when I change to Parity)

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Posted 23 January 2011 - 04:11 PM

Then the answer to both is yes-a single video card will handle your games just fine with no issues with that system, but you can crossfire another card or 2 (if I got the right motherboard, it supports 3-way crossfire) if you were to so choose.

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Media Center: Motherboard: Gigabyte mp61p-S3, Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+, Memory: 6 gigs Patriot DDR2 800, Video: Gigabyte GeForce GT730, Storage: 500 gig Hitachi, PSU: Seasonic M1211 620W full modular, OS: Windows 10.

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Posted 28 January 2011 - 07:19 PM

Then the answer to both is yes-a single video card will handle your games just fine with no issues with that system, but you can crossfire another card or 2 (if I got the right motherboard, it supports 3-way crossfire) if you were to so choose.


THANK YOU, got me straightened out and LESS Confused:blink:
Have any Suggestions That I may want to consider on this Set-Up?

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Posted 29 January 2011 - 11:23 AM

How much can you spend?

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Posted 29 January 2011 - 01:09 PM

Well, as is I see no problems with said setup, looks like it will run fine to me.

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Primary system: Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3, Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 945, Memory: 16 gigs of Patriot G2 DDR3 1600, Video: AMD Sapphire Nitro R9 380, Storage: 1 WD 500 gig HD, 1 Hitachi 500 gig HD, and Power supply: Coolermaster 750 watt, OS: Windows 10 64 bit. 

Media Center: Motherboard: Gigabyte mp61p-S3, Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+, Memory: 6 gigs Patriot DDR2 800, Video: Gigabyte GeForce GT730, Storage: 500 gig Hitachi, PSU: Seasonic M1211 620W full modular, OS: Windows 10.

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Posted 29 January 2011 - 03:16 PM

How much can you spend?


Guess that depends on what You have in Mind, I'm at about $1K on this machine (Total) so trying to keep it all within reason....

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Posted 29 January 2011 - 04:22 PM

The rule of thumb I follow, is if the machine you got does everything you need to and more theres no need to spend more money on it. Nothing wrong with upgrading it for future proof, but theres no need to, especially with that system-its fairly high end, plenty of room for future expansion no real need to keep upgrading.

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Primary system: Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3, Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 945, Memory: 16 gigs of Patriot G2 DDR3 1600, Video: AMD Sapphire Nitro R9 380, Storage: 1 WD 500 gig HD, 1 Hitachi 500 gig HD, and Power supply: Coolermaster 750 watt, OS: Windows 10 64 bit. 

Media Center: Motherboard: Gigabyte mp61p-S3, Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+, Memory: 6 gigs Patriot DDR2 800, Video: Gigabyte GeForce GT730, Storage: 500 gig Hitachi, PSU: Seasonic M1211 620W full modular, OS: Windows 10.

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