- Apr 28, 2007
Radeon HD 5870.
There was something magical about that card. AMD/ATI had just found their footing again with the HD 4870, and then they decided to clobber Nvidia on the performance front with the HD 5870. It took Nvidia 6 months to answer with Fermi "Jensen Grillin" GTX 480. Seriously, that HD 5870 was an amazing card, especially priced under $400.
I went for the magic approach at the same time as trialling Crossfire with 2x 5770 to give approximately the same performance as the 5870 for 2/3 the price.
How wrong was I !
Dirt 2 worked well in crossfire, it was absolutely wonderful, exactly what I wanted.
But absolutely nothing else was good enough, either didnt work with 2 cards, gave very little gain and/or was very jittery.
And the drivers were disgraceful, so bad I used modded drivers from a Guru3D member who was equally appalled, without which, even single card was a bad experience.
And single card wasnt quick, Xfire was quite a waste of money for 1 game.
/rant, I learned my lesson and can smile now