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Posted · Original PosterOP

Well I'm planning my build to begin around Xmas time, I really can't decide to go for a Asus gtx970 or 2 amd cards ie 2 r9 280x.... Thing is once the build is done won't have much spare cash to change anything.......


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Crossfire is poop


 

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Is crossfire that bad?


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Is crossfire that bad?

Its not really any worse than SLI, but a single more powerful card is better than multiple card configs. 


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Its not really any worse than SLI, but a single more powerful card is better than multiple card configs. 

 

unless you want a bazillion displays

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unless you want a bazillion displays

If you're using a "bazillion" displays (so more than 4) then your cards aren't going to be working together....soooo not SLI/XFIRE. 


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Well I'm planning my build to begin around Xmas time, I really can't decide to go for a Asus gtx970 or 2 amd cards ie 2 r9 280x.... Thing is once the build is done won't have much spare cash to change anything.......

The 2 r9 280x in crossfire would perform better.

But for future upgrade the single Gtx 970 would be better.

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I'll be using at most 2 1080p displays :)


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Is crossfire that bad?

no it isn't, that's just green-side extremist propaganda. Its just as good as SLI these days. You will get more performance out of 2x280x than with a single 970. The question is if you're willing to settle fir that or if you want to possibly upgrade to dual 970s in the future. For now, dual 280Xs would be very powerful, but in the future you could have dual 970 which would be beastly. I'd personally go for the 970 now and upgrade later, unless you need the extra "oomph" right now. What resolution are you going to be playing at?

 

I'll be using at most 2 1080p displays  :)

In that case your gaming at 1080p and a single 970 will be more than enough. Trust me, I game at 1080p with an R9 290 (similar to a 970 in terms of performance) and it is already overkill for that resolution.


      

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no it isn't, that's just green-side extremist propaganda. Its just as good as SLI these days. You will get more performance out of 2x280x than with a single 970. The question is if you're willing to settle fir that or if you want to possibly upgrade to dual 970s in the future. For now, dual 280Xs would be very powerful, but in the future you could have dual 970 which would be beastly. I'd personally go for the 970 now and upgrade later, unless you need the extra "oomph" right now. What resolution are you going to be playing at?

I'll be playing on 1 1080p display and then 1 for Web pages etc


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I'll be playing on 1 1080p display and then 1 for Web pages etc

doesn't make a difference for gaming, since the GPU will only be pushing one 1080p panel. You can't really game on two.

 

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Get a single ASUS GTX 970 STRIX http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NJ9BJ8G. You will get better all around performance, less power consumption, produce less heat, and no micro-stutter issues from Xfire.


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doesn't make a difference for gaming, since the GPU will only be pushing one 1080p panel. You can't really game on two.

 

nice bike, btw ;)

Thanks it's changing for a fireblade next year ;)

I think the 970 is probably the best option to go for...


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Thanks it's changing for a fireblade next year ;)

I think the 970 is probably the best option to go for...

Awww yeah, fireblade... <3 I'm thinking of selling my monster 900 and getting a cbr600rr for next season, I don't want to let go of the old girl though... :(

 

And yeah, the 970 is definitely the better option for now. You can get a second one later, if you ever want to step up to 1440p or anything.


      

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Can't be a good old Honda I have a Honda 600 hornet for Winter :)

Is there much see able detail difference between 1080p and 1440p?


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Can't be a good old Honda I have a Honda 600 hornet for Winter :)

Is there much see able detail difference between 1080p and 1440p?

I dunno, I've never tried 1440p... but since its almost twice the amount of pixels as 1080p, I'd assume there is a pretty significant difference.


      

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If you're using a "bazillion" displays (so more than 4) then your cards aren't going to be working together....soooo not SLI/XFIRE. 

 

but you have the option to disable and enable monitors card set-ups as you see fit :P

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the 970 would be better in my opinion. with the new Maxwell architecture proving to be super power efficient and a great performer compared to Kepler it is a clear choice especially with most of AMD having a new lineup with old GPU's just re branded.

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