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    Single vs Dual?

    Do you prefer to get a single CPU, or split the money in half and buy 2?

    At the moment, im looking at getting a
    Sapphire 9650 ~ which cost around $290

    or i can get 2 lower spec one such as
    2x Sapphire Radeon HD 6770 - $135ea = $270

    also save $40 on a Display -> DVI link.. so the 2x Sapphire Radeon HD 6770 is $60 cheaper as the 9650 doesn't come with the cable

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    I think you need to do a better job proofreading your posts. I assume you mean GPU even though you said CPU? 9650 doesn't exist, I assume you meant 6950?

    Two 6770s are going to put you almost right at the performance of a single 6950. If you can stretch your budget a bit, I'd try going for 6850 or 6870 crossfire instead as that would have a commanding lead over any current single-GPU ati card.
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    Keep in mind that most of the benefits for dual-GPU depend on XFire profiles. If a game does not have a profile you'll be stuck with the performance of a single card (and single 5770/6770's are comparable in performance to a weaker 4870 with the addition of DX11). Additionally, you'd need to factor in the cost of a reasonably powerful PSU to run dual cards.
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    My general rule of thumb is to always go with the most powerful single GPU solution you can afford. While XFire might provide more immediate performance, you can get a single 6950 now and XFire later as an upgrade for monster performance.
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    6950, easy as pie, even without unlocked shaders, a good overclock and its as fast as a 6970, atleast my new 6950 i bought to replace my toasted 6970 is
    im at 900/1375 on stock voltage

    its running black ops at the same and greater fps than my 6970 did for 100$ less!!

    lol sorry had to get that out today was a great day!

    but yea its better to get a single gpu for now and upgrade to xfire later seeing as how high the increase is now i believe its in the 90+% area of gains?
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    Crossfire profiling is a big deal with games, single GPU's will give you the most consistent and stable performance. And as stated above, you could eventually crossfire two 6950's and have a heck of a machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grumperfish View Post
    Keep in mind that most of the benefits for dual-GPU depend on XFire profiles. If a game does not have a profile you'll be stuck with the performance of a single card
    It's really been a long time now since lack of Crossfire profiles were an issue. They now release crossfire profiles independently of the driver and release several per month. I can't honestly think of a single game that doesn't support at least 2-way crossfire. The latest CAP already contains a profile for Battlefield 3 lol.
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    ^^^
    I hadn't heard that but that's pretty cool.

    A second 6950 or 6970 is now in my (probably distant) future.
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