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    So I have a Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 OC 2GB and I just picked up an Asus HD 7850 2GB. Tossed the new Asus in and added crossfire, enabled in Catalyst Control Center.
    I've noticed a little improvement, skin in Mass Effect 3 for instance looks slightly better, other games I don't notice anything at all (Ravaged comes to mind.. the weapons take a few seconds to fill in the weapon detail after changing what you're holding).

    Obviously this is not a top shelf gaming card, but it does pretty good. I'd like to see if there's a way to pull more performance out of these in Crossfire. Any tweak ideas?

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    Default Re: Crossfire with similar card and tuning

    Quote Originally Posted by Boomerang View Post
    So I have a Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 OC 2GB and I just picked up an Asus HD 7850 2GB. Tossed the new Asus in and added crossfire, enabled in Catalyst Control Center.
    I've noticed a little improvement, skin in Mass Effect 3 for instance looks slightly better, other games I don't notice anything at all (Ravaged comes to mind.. the weapons take a few seconds to fill in the weapon detail after changing what you're holding).

    Obviously this is not a top shelf gaming card, but it does pretty good. I'd like to see if there's a way to pull more performance out of these in Crossfire. Any tweak ideas?

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    Did you do a clean install with the newest CCC and drivers from AMD site? Or did you just slap in 2nd card and run with it? If so do a clean install. Used ATIMAN uninstaller then clean install.

    There are always tweaks. The easiest is to use the CCC to increase Core clock and memory a little. Dont get too happy because CCC is not very refined. I use Sapphire Trixx to OC GPUs.
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    Yep, fresh driver installs. had To.. CCC didn't even show crossfire as an option until the re-install.
    I usually inch up the clocks a bit and add +5% power or so.

    Maybe I should try a different GPU over clocking program

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    Default Re: Crossfire with similar card and tuning

    Quote Originally Posted by Boomerang View Post
    Yep, fresh driver installs. had To.. CCC didn't even show crossfire as an option until the re-install.
    I usually inch up the clocks a bit and add +5% power or so.

    Maybe I should try a different GPU over clocking program

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    Updated driver or one you had? I run the betas

    Maybe that games needs a bigger memory buffer at high res then the 2gb these cards have.
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    Default Re: Crossfire with similar card and tuning

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyberburnout View Post
    Updated driver or one you had? I run the betas

    Maybe that games needs a bigger memory buffer at high res then the 2gb these cards have.
    I installed the newest Beta driver for these, just out. I think that DID help. Does the two cards' 2GB memory equate to 4GB total or does it just stay at 2GB? Also, running at max 1920X1080 or so

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    Sadly it can only use the max of one card. so 2gb. Even if you used 3 of them your frame buffer would still be 2gb. I am shocked they havent found a way around that yet. Something like how AMD has the HSA on the new APUS.
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    That sucks! guess I should have ditched the 7850 and gone with a better card overall

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    Default Re: Crossfire with similar card and tuning

    Quote Originally Posted by Boomerang View Post
    That sucks! guess I should have ditched the 7850 and gone with a better card overall
    The 7850 isn't a TERRIBLE card, especially considering what you pay for them and what they will deliver. CrossFire or SLI sees typical performance increases of AROUND 50% or so, and overclocking will certainly net your configuration a nice increase even further. Have you tried using anything that allows you to see your games FPS to see if CrossFire is making a noticeable difference? Try using MSI Afterburner, I really like that overclocking tool. Also try out the one Sandy uses. I typically suggest Afterburner because it is incredibly stable, extremely user friendly, and also allows you to (in most cases) monitor gaming FPS during your session without intruding on performance (a-la Fraps).

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    Are there Crossfire game profiles that you can load like NVIDIA has?

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    Yes there are. They are in AMD site. They load automatically.
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    I sure wish that crossfire had worked with my two 7870s. IDK how to tell which one of them is bad, but I think that one of them has to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by realneil View Post
    I sure wish that crossfire had worked with my two 7870s. IDK how to tell which one of them is bad, but I think that one of them has to be.

    Contact VisionTek and RMA both. If they give you crap let me know. Get yo stuff fixed bro!
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    They're Diamond Cards. (7870PE52GV)

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    Quote Originally Posted by realneil View Post
    They're Diamond Cards. (7870PE52GV)
    Oh yeah duh! lol They looked like Visiontek cards in that pic. Same read shroud.

    Same thing. Try to rma them ****s. Stop waiting man! The sooner you do it the better chance you got to get them replaced
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    I had downloaded that Rapt program or whatever it is from AMD over the weekend and it seemed to cause issues so i got rid of it.
    Anyways, i'm considering taking back this $200 ASUS card now and pulling the Gigabyte and just installing a 3 or 4 GB card with a little better specs. I don't think I could get away with more than a $300 card this xmas.

    Any recommendations on a single replacement for (2) Radeon HD 7850 2GB in crossfire for $300 or less?

    I should mention this rig is 99% gaming, then photo editing and internet stuff.

    I have roughly 130 games through Steam and Origin, but mainly right now I'm playing Mass Effect 3 (not the best graphics), Battlefield 4, COD, Bioshock Infinite, Ravaged, Hitman and Borderlands. Most of my games are probably Indy types. The game i see the biggest graphics fail is Ravaged (I think it's free on Steam). When I change weapons they take a few seconds to load the weapon graphics/detail.

    Thanks for the input!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boomerang View Post
    I had downloaded that Rapt program or whatever it is from AMD over the weekend and it seemed to cause issues so i got rid of it.
    Anyways, i'm considering taking back this $200 ASUS card now and pulling the Gigabyte and just installing a 3 or 4 GB card with a little better specs. I don't think I could get away with more than a $300 card this xmas.

    Any recommendations on a single replacement for (2) Radeon HD 7850 2GB in crossfire for $300 or less?

    I should mention this rig is 99% gaming, then photo editing and internet stuff.

    I have roughly 130 games through Steam and Origin, but mainly right now I'm playing Mass Effect 3 (not the best graphics), Battlefield 4, COD, Bioshock Infinite, Ravaged, Hitman and Borderlands. Most of my games are probably Indy types. The game i see the biggest graphics fail is Ravaged (I think it's free on Steam). When I change weapons they take a few seconds to load the weapon graphics/detail.

    Thanks for the input!
    280x if you can find one around the normal 299 price tag. They are low on stock everywhere so prices have shot up to over 400!!
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