To go crossfire/multi GPU or not

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  1. KGB ate my bread

    KGB ate my bread Made you look.

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    obviously more arguments to be made for going with the Nvidia Physx card they're starting to, but I was curious as to whether or not it's worth putting a 2nd 48XX series card in my system

    I currently have a 512mb 4870, would getting a 1gb 4890 give me significant enough gains to consider dropping the coin?
     
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    lowfat 24/Mac/SciFi/PC Crew OT Supporter

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    Depends on the resolution you run and what games you are playing.
     
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    lowfat 24/Mac/SciFi/PC Crew OT Supporter

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    And you want cards to be the same. Crossfiring different cards is a bit inefficient.
     
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    For pure geekery factor, multi-GPU is cool. It has its drawbacks too - power draw, noise, scaling inefficiency. It would almost certainly be a better idea to get a 5xxx-series card (5770 or higher) and sell the 4870 to recoup some of the cost.
     
  5. OniMinion

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    I wouldn't bother, as many games don't support it (i.e., WoW). It's benefits are no so large as it wouldn't be worth the price. I would look to a Solid State Hard Drive for a far superior upgrade.
     
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    Don't bother. You can improve your system performance more by putting a badass RAID controller in that second card slot, and hooking up 2-3 hard drives to it in a RAID array.
     
  7. KGB ate my bread

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    1920 x 1200; I've mostly played MW2 and TF2 lately. I've got a few games I play (GTA4, Farcry 2, Red Faction Guerilla, Company of Heroes, Batman Arkham Asylum, etc) less often that would benefit from having a 2nd card.

    As for people saying I need to keep the same card, it only has to be the same series. I can clock my 4870s memory to the 4890s speed and it'll work just fine.
     

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