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As the title says really , is it worth it
I would want to fit a full cover water block at some point so im after good combo recommendations of card and block pls.
 
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Short answer no

Long answer noooooooooooooooooooooooo
 

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I have dual 5850's and if you can't play all your games like you want, then sure, upgrade but if your doing okay as it is, just wait.
 
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I have dual 5850's and if you can't play all your games like you want, then sure, upgrade but if your doing okay as it is, just wait.
I was doing ok untill farcry 3 and I prefer ultra I think crisis 3 might be the second game to overpower my gfxs due to vram but can one 7950 cut it and due to the variety of cards and water blocks id like some suggestions as atm im thinking xfx dd 7950 but what water block? Fits it?
 
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I got one and can get a stable oc 1100/1575 1200v temps same as when stock. my cpu/board lets me down in farcry3/crisis 3 but it still handles max serttings 50+ fps
 
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I have an asus apparently the vapour chamber on xfx or something was faulty?! I love my card for what its worth its decent and yea the five games ;)
 
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I have an asus apparently the vapour chamber on xfx or something was faulty?! I love my card for what its worth its decent and yea the five games ;)
Did you get the five with the asus and is it a reference pcb design sorry last ? :)
 
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well if ya apply at the same time to different bundles on separate pc's on amd and yea.. im just waiting for bioshock codes and release or something!

tbh im not sure if its a reference pcb, its got asus written all over it and looks different to others, even has vrm temp displays, voltages etc on hwinfo. someone else may know or google it
 
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well if ya apply at the same time to different bundles on separate pc's on amd and yea.. im just waiting for bioshock codes and release or something!

tbh im not sure if its a reference pcb, its got asus written all over it and looks different to others, even has vrm temp displays, voltages etc on hwinfo. someone else may know or google it
Google time. Ta mate
 

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I was doing ok untill farcry 3 and I prefer ultra I think crisis 3 might be the second game to overpower my gfxs due to vram but can one 7950 cut it and due to the variety of cards and water blocks id like some suggestions as atm im thinking xfx dd 7950 but what water block? Fits it?
When you ad a water block, I don't see the cost justifiable. I like pretty cases, clean interiors and water blocks sitting everywhere but the blocks are half the cost of the cards which then deems the $300 video card $450.

You could get 3 x 7950's for that price....

Im sure my opinion of watercooling the GPU won't effect the decision but if it was me, I would skip the water blocks and just get dual 7950s
 
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When you ad a water block, I don't see the cost justifiable. I like pretty cases, clean interiors and water blocks sitting everywhere but the blacks are half the cost of the cards which then deems the $300 video card $450.

You could get 3 x 7950's for that price....

Im sure my opinion of watercooling the GPU won't effect the decision but if it was me, I would skip the water blocks and just get dual 7950s
Its expensive I agree but oncw you add higher clocks in they last longer too, my two 5xxx have never been beyond sixty degrees and still work fine despite folding at 1ghz for two years and when they retire main rig duties will fold in a hpc hopefully prior to the Cc starting cash permitting.
All im saying is different strokes have you tried sitting in the same room as a pc when s flat out 24/7 water cooled is quiter then
I don't sell on and I don't upgrade often
 

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Its expensive I agree but oncw you add higher clocks in they last longer too, my two 5xxx have never been beyond sixty degrees and still work fine despite folding at 1ghz for two years and when they retire main rig duties will fold in a hpc hopefully prior to the Cc starting cash permitting.
All im saying is different strokes have you tried sitting in the same room as a pc when s flat out 24/7 water cooled is quiter then
I don't sell on and I don't upgrade often
Valid point. :)
 
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if you want to see if a 7950 is worth it, theres a few kicking about on the crisis 3 thread with their thoughts! I haven't seen mine hit 99% gpu usage in game tho :wtf:
 
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I honestly think two 5870's will out perform a single 7950, yes there will be less heat and less power but your getting more performance so it makes sense, and this micro stutter stuff? ive run crossfire for years and never seen it. (4870X2's and 7870's)

Its up to you i guess but i don't think its worth it unless you go two 7950's
 
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I honestly think two 5870's will out perform a single 7950, yes there will be less heat and less power but your getting more performance so it makes sense, and this micro stutter stuff? ive run crossfire for years and never seen it. (4870X2's and 7870's)

Its up to you i guess but i don't think its worth it unless you go two 7950's
Ill have to see what concessions I have to make to play crysis 3 hmn I should have tried the beta I think 5 series are pretty stable I see no micro stuttering
 

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Power wise your better off though:



http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/radeon_hd_5870_crossfirex_test_review,3.html

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Power consumption

The Radeon HD 5870 for what it is producing in terms of performance, is a card with a great power specification. Placing two cards in CrossfireX definitely doesn't require you to have a kilowatt PSU.

One of the better accomplishments of the series 5800 graphics cards is the enhancement in its power design, the implementation of voltage and clock regulation is very dynamic. So if we look purely at the Radeon HD 5870 now the maximum wattage consumed would be as follows:

GPU Radeon HD 5850 Radeon HD 5870
TDP 1 GPU 170W 188W
TDP 2 GPUs 340W 376W
TDP 3 GPUs 510W 564W
Now that's only the graphics card power requirement, you need to add the rest of your PC as well.

Radeon HD 5870
The card requires you to have a 500 Watt power supply unit at minimum if you use it in a high-end system. That power supply needs to have (in total accumulated) at least 40 Amps available on the +12 volt rails.

Radeon HD 5870 CrossfireX (2-way)
A second card requires you to add another 188 Watts. You need a 700+ Watt power supply unit if you use it in a high-end system. That power supply needs to have (in total accumulated) at least 55~60 Amps available on the +12 volt rails.
 
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that's kind of contradictory...
Placing two cards in CrossfireX definitely doesn't require you to have a kilowatt PSU.
then mentions 700+ for crossfire... and then you need the rest of the system.....plus 100w surplus for oc etc.... anyways depends what youre after and if youre xfire ready or want to update as well as upgrade?!
 
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I've been in the same conundrum... Still think the X2 5780's have another year left. I do like the idea of more vram but... I never play my mp games on ultra anyway... I want the frames.
 
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Yes, I would get a HD7950 & overclock the hell out of it, it will surpass a stock HD7970 with ease. You won't have to worry about VRAM limitations & crossfire support :toast:
 
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Yes, I would get a HD7950 & overclock the hell out of it, it will surpass a stock HD7970 with ease. You won't have to worry about VRAM limitations & crossfire support
mine does 1200v with 1100/1575 and temps stay the same as stock!