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Posted by Chris Scott Barr on Jan 3, 2012

Radeon 7000 Series Sees Double FPS In Crossfire

When you’re looking to upgrade your PC for gaming, as long as you have a moder quad-core processor, you’re probably going to be looking at your GPU. The big question that always seems to come up is whether you should keep the one you have and add a second in Crossfire/SLI, or just toss it out and get a brand spankin new one from the latest series.

I’ve always had a hard time justifying buying a second card and running Crossfire. Sure, it does add a boost in speed, but it’s not as if we’re seeing double frame rates from two GPUs. And buying two top-of-the-line cards is rarely worth your money, for the same reason. But that all might be changing with the new Radeon 7000 series.

Over at Guru3D they’ve managed to get their hands on a pair of Radeon 7970’s, and put them to the test. During their tests of older DX9 and DX10 games, the performance was much as  you’d expect from a Crossfire setup. However, on nearly every DirectX 11 game, the Crossfire setup was getting almost double the FPS when compared to the single GPU. Just to give you an idea, here’s the results of their Battlefield 3 tests (all tests are ran on Ultra):

I have to say, I’m pretty excited for these new cards, even in a single configuration. However, it’s great to see that newer games are able to scale with the addition of a second card. It also gives you an idea of what the upcoming 7990 should be capable of.

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