Two 4870's or one 4870 X2

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Aug 23, 2008

Two 4870's or one 4870 X2 by iffy525 at 10:49 AM (1,840 Views / 0 Likes) 18 replies

  1. iffy525
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    I am going to get a new pc soon and I was wondering if I should get two Radeon HD 4870's and crossfire them or should I get just one Radeon 4870 X2? I am looking for a pro/con sort of thing.

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  2. laminaatplaat

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    I'm not sure of this because I didn't check but anyway:

    -x2 is cheaper for the same performance as 2 4870's (just check some benchys and price checks)

    -with an x2 you can always go crossfire with 2x 4870X2 in the future

    -The x2 has more memory then 2 normal ones

    -only 1 heat source to take care of instead of 2

    sooo.... i would go for the X2 version
     
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    4870 X2 = 2 DVI outs
    2x 4870 = 4 DVI outs
     
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    I think someone who can afford a quad monitor setup can also afford to get dual 4870 X2s along with it.
     
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    Sure, lets just waste money for no reason.

    2x 4870X2, new PSU, more efficient mobo, oh, and don't forget the water cooling.

    What's another 800USD? You should get the diamond-encrusted case too.
     
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    The 4870x2.

    Heat will be an issue with the higher end cards and having a Crossfire setup means you have no room at all.
     
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    that's ridiculous!!!!! diamonds are gay. I'll bedazzle it for you! [​IMG]

    personally, I'm a heat freak because I have crap cooling, so I'd get the 4870x2. just one source of heat.... but I like my 8800GT [​IMG]
     
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    You're right, as always, Urza. [​IMG]

    But diamond is a bad conductor of heat .
     
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    Maybe he doesn't want four monitors eh
     
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    Yes, I do not want four monitors, but I am glad that Urza mentioned it. The more information the better.
     
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    Either way you are going to be sucking a lot of power, better off with a single card for heat purposes.
     
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    CrossFire can only output 2 monitors at once.
     
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    Which is why if you were running more than two monitors, you would have Crossfire disabled, obviously.
     
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    [​IMG]
    How do I disable crossfire?
     
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    Never mind, diamond is the best conductor of heat! So diamond studded case might be useful

    Imagine, a diamond heatsink.
     
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    You'll have to be extra secure with your PC, a thief would be surprised to find a piece of siamond inside your PC [​IMG]
     
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    That defeats the purpose of running 2 4870s.

    Unless you are F@H.
     
  18. Urza

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    Which is why you enable it while you're gaming.

    Its not rocket science.
     
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    While I am a worshipper at the church of many monitors (well I would be but I can not be bothered to resolder my motherboard right now so I only have two) you have the option of stuff like this:
    http://www.trustedreviews.com/displays/rev...ripleHead2Go/p1
    Not to mention the original way (back when 3dfx was a luxury item) was just to get another throwaway card.
    Sidenote software triple head (dual should be possible with drivers alone although having a line in the middle of the monitor....) which dodges an issue or three:
    http://www.kegetys.net/SoftTH/

    Back on topic game support for SLI/crossfire (bad phrasing as it is not the game that matters so much) type arrangements and driver issues (nothing fatal but occasionally waiting for an update of either the game* or the drivers and messing around with beta drivers). Couple this with the power, space and cooling issues and it gets to be a only if you want to put in the effort solution.
    *If you are considering such a setup modern games should be played or it is a complete waste of money as the older games will run great on slightly more affordable options.
     

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