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Old 07-10-2009, 07:18 PM   #11 (permalink)
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it depends, in a year or two, or even less time, a single 4870 might not cut it anymore. this way he can just add another one in the future when they will cost even less than what they do now, and crossfired will be able to max out pretty much any game, instead of spending the same amount or more again in the future on another single gpu.

it would allow for future gpu expansion. and its not like going from a x4 to a x3 is a huge downstep in performance. they will pretty much give the same performance in gameplay.
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Yeah, but a fourth core is more useful than two x16 slots... You can still crossfire with 8x perfectly fine, I read a few articles and comparison reviews about it before I purchased my mobo/cpu. The difference is hardly noticeable at all with ati cards, nvidia cards will show a small increase with high levels of anti-aliasing.

If you're going with a 4870 or ati cards there is no reasonable gain in performance with two x16 slots. If it was a higher end build build with a bigger budget, then x16 would be a good choice. Budget builds are meant to give you bang for your buck. An extra $20 for no noticeable difference in general gaming doesn't seem like buck saving to me.
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ah, i think we are discussing two different things here >.<

the combo i suggested has the 720 triple core and the asus mobo which has two x16 lanes which would allow for crossfire.

the mobo in the combo with the 940 quad and the biostar mobo only has 1 x16 slot, thus, no crossfire.

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i fully get what you mean, and i know that there is no real noticable diff between xfireing in x16 and x8 except for the loss of a few fps. but that wasent what i was getting at.

all i was saying was that the biostar mobo with the 940 quad only has one x16 lane, whereas the 720 with the asus i suggested has 2, which would give the possibility of xfiring another 4870 down the road.
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Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100225L Radeon HD 3870 512MB 256-bit GDDR4 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards - SAPPHIRE 100225L Radeon HD 3870 512MB 256-bit GDDR4 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail - 60 bucks after rebate. better hurry!!!!!
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Oh yeah noticed that now, it looks exactly like the one I bought, it came with a 940 in a combo. Figured it would be the same on .ca and .com. Just looked at the chipset numbers and assumed it was the same. I was thinking of this one Newegg.ca - BIOSTAR TFORCE TA790GX 128M AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards

That x3 combo is definitely better then. My mistake, gotta read more and rely less on pictures Sorry for any confusion I've caused.
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Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100225L Radeon HD 3870 512MB 256-bit GDDR4 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards - SAPPHIRE 100225L Radeon HD 3870 512MB 256-bit GDDR4 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail - 60 bucks after rebate. better hurry!!!!!
that card is not up to scratch for this build, its not that good for the price anyway.
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get these instead

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ok thanks!!
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