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hey guys , this is one thing ive always wanted to try was cf! Right now I have my ref sapphire hd5870 on water at 1010/1320. If I were to buy another sapphire hd5870 and left it on air and then brought my clocks down on my h2o card to whatever the air card can clock too, would I be alright with this until I decided to purchase another block? I know this is kinda of a backwards way of doing things, but for now it will have to do,
 
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No reason it wont work :)

You could get lucky and your new 5870 might match your existing clocks.
 

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IMO i would personally wait until 69xx series release and then sell your current 5870 for a 6970 or 6950
 

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yes I see there are a few new cards out like the 6870 6850 etc. Ive not realy been up on all the new stuff happining lately, When approx do you think the 6970 will be out?. Cf has been on my mind for a long time and I thought I would give it a try, while I still can, but anyways thanx for your advice guys and its sure nice to see some old faces on here, :)
 

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Well from what i gather, crossfire doesnt scale well anyways so you would kinda be wasting a card when you can get a single card/newer card that would do alot better with lower power consumption
 
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by the way u can't go with same clocks with crossfire, with multi GPU overclock will be limit
 

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yeah that didnt make sense, i assume he means you cant have each card running at different clocks
 

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yeah thats what i gathered as well.
 
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Peronally, I'd prefer a single card solution over CF, seems the high end 6*** are coming soon, so that might be the better option. Didn't you have some probs with CF a while back? I don't quite seem to remember, it was 2 5850's I think? Hell yeah, nice to see you around again ;)
 

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nope never did try cf but always wanted too, nice to see you as well assaulter!actualy been doing abit better last few weeks, so thought i would check back in too see whats new. Alot has changed with the new ati cards etc. so Iam kinda behind the times abit lol. been doing some reading here to try and catch up.seems like the way to go would be to wait for the 69 series. but still have cf my 5870 itching in me lol. voklskier4452 here has a asus 5870 already on water that iam looking at , but mine is a sapphire shouldnt be no issues with different cards???? thanx for your help guys, its always appreciated
 
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nope never did try cf but always wanted too, nice to see you as well assaulter!actualy been doing abit better last few weeks, so thought i would check back in too see whats new. Alot has changed with the new ati cards etc. so Iam kinda behind the times abit lol. been doing some reading here to try and catch up.seems like the way to go would be to wait for the 69 series. but still have cf my 5870 itching in me lol. voklskier4452 here has a asus 5870 already on water that iam looking at , but mine is a sapphire shouldnt be no issues with different cards???? thanx for your help guys, its always appreciated
Different brands are OK, its different clocks that are the issue, since the highest one will donwclock to the lowest clocks (I dunno if that makes sense, but you got the idea)

And yeah, a lot of stuff has come and gone the last few months! If you can get a 5870 used at a bargain price, it would be ok I guess, since you want to try, but with Ati's latest cards, CF has improved vastly.
 

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ok if I go about this totaly different ,and decide to go with a single top end card,how long till the 6970 come out? any ideas as to a price? Also I was looking at the gtx580 cards, (nvidia I know) Iam thinking ahead as to what will be good for a few years. is my current cpu good enough for a 6970 or gtx580? (q9650 @4.1 on water) or will it be a bad bottleneck?
 
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Well from a previous thread, from our newsman :laugh:

$349, $449, $649 for HD 6950, 6970, 6990 sound realistic.
Yeah don't worry. These cards nowadays are overkill. Your cpu will hold up, they are still good chips, and since its clocked at 4 ghz...
 

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