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ASUS EAH5870 CrossFire

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FINALLY. Thanks for your coverage of the 58xx series W1z! I go and take a physics test and poof, when I get back he already has all the reviews up!
 

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Here it is folks. Tests on HD 5850 CrossFire, power-draw, fan-noise, and HD 5870 Crossfire on PCI-E 2.0 x16 (electrical x8 2.0) are in progress, and will be added in a couple of hours.
 
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Thanks for the work reviewing! What I find hilarious is that two 5870's scale great in Call of Juarez 2, but the 4870X2 still doesn't work right. :p
 
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there must be a ton of bugs, it got beat by the 5850 in one test:wtf:

but it seems that 2 cards for the first time are a waste of money unless your are gaming on a very high res monitor or want to flaunt your fps around
 
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Thanks for tests :toast:
 
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So you are having the same sandwich heat issue I am. Im having to turn up fan speeds to max, but even in some games like Crysis or Clear sky, artifacting is inevitable after a while.

Clear sky especially beats the crap out of my computer. Im so curious on what it takes to max it out with directx10 AA...
 
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You couldn't possible add a bench of Oblivion with QTP3 by itself could you? XD
 

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Looks to be simply awesome, cannot wait for the 5870X2 to come out. Price though is a downer but only because we are accustomed to 300 bucks. I think it is not as bad as it could be.
 
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Yea good review. Crossfire is beast. Is the scaling worse than the 4k series though? Or maybe is it some bottleneck?
 
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o_0

this is initial drivers?.. dang.
 
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Considering you can spend up to $800 for a 295, granted fully custom/watercooled, team green is going to have a hard time selling them as cross fire 5870's stomp all over everything.

I don't know if ATI is going to do much more price cutting, but this is definitely going to cause Nvidia some hurting in the 'ol pocketbook.
 
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GREAT scaling with the crossfire. Crossfire was never this "capable" before.

Crossfire 5870 WINS against ASUS Mars at a much lower price.
 

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Wow, stunning!
 
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What is the recommended wattage for a crossfire setup on the 5870 and 5850? I see you used an 800. Whats the minimum?
 

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Yeah I'm so sad that doing two of these is crossfire is about on par with a GTX295. The two cards in xfire do perform much better at higher resolutions, but for the mainstream gamer here, it is not really worth it.
 

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Mainstream gamers don't buy 1920x1200/2560x1600 displays and spend $700+ on graphics anyway.
 
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Mainstream gamers don't buy 1920x1200/2560x1600 displays and spend $700+ on graphics anyway.
I'd have to disagree on the 1920x1200/1920x1080 displays, since they are so cheap nowdays, it it hard to find someone back home who is buying a new PC or replacing a monitor and isn't getting something like the Samsung 2333SW, but you're quite right on the GPU setups to go with that.
 
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Looks to be simply awesome, cannot wait for the 5870X2 to come out. Price though is a downer but only because we are accustomed to 300 bucks. I think it is not as bad as it could be.
Considering the single-GPU GTX 280 and 285 cost, what -- $450 when they came out? I'm not bummed out at all about $300, or even $375.
 
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#25
This is some serious performance man !

But I am sure that the future 5xxx X2 should be able to do even better in a single package card.

Personally I love the dual GPU's on a single PCB.