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btw since you've been mentioning issues with linux i'd just like to say that ubuntu and fedora absolutely hate my gtx 580 and my i7. My netbook with it's atom processor loads both unbuntu and fedora faster than my i7 with an ssd. Don't get me wrong they are both stable, but very very slow and inconvenient. I don't know if maybe the issues you've been having could be stemming from your phenom x6. Linux isn't exactly known to support the latest and greatest hardware since the bulk of people using linux are using it on very old laptops.
    
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Thanks for your feedback, but slowness isn't my issue with the 5850 and Linux. In fact, I'm a technology professional and I build my own custom kernels. Linux does have support for most modern hardware including the X6, TRIM, SSDs, etc. My problem is the proprietary fglrx (ATI/AMD) driver is buggy, they do not use kernel hooks properly or keep up with new kernels, and the Catalyst Control Center is also not polished. I often find myself trying to track down their problems and create workarounds. There are even kernel patches designed to work around ATI driver bugs. Hardware accelerated video decoding has been broken for ATI in Ubuntu Natty partly due to ATI's problems. I also have found very annoying driver bugs in Windows when overclocking. I never had those issues on my nvidia machines.

If you are still experiencing problems and slowness on Linux, are you by chance running the open source ATI driver (which is the default for new installations)? Those issues are common and there is a lag for new hardware support. The OS driver has come a long way for sure, but the proprietary fglrx driver is still faster and better if you can deal with some headaches. If you are just using a stock install and not pushing the system much, you probably won't notice any problems with it.
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Whew! I got two "almost new" ASUS GTX 480s for SLI - $400 including everything. I couldn't pass it up.
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Whew! I got two "almost new" ASUS GTX 480s for SLI - $400 including everything. I couldn't pass it up.
that is an amazing deal!!

i've actually got a gtx 580, and my issue was mainly that everything just loads very slowly in linux. i think it may need some tuning out of the box for my SSD and my i7. It could possibly be my board since my friend has the same i7 and an SSD and his ubuntu system runs beautifully.

Good luck with everything linux related! i'm getting more and more into it for cyber defense purposes and competitions!

EDIT: btw, since you seem to know plenty about operating systems, maybe you can reply to my thread here: http://www.overclock.net/operating-s...-hardware.html

if you don't know anything about it, it's cool. I'd really appreciate it. thanks!
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I just thought of something... will my X6 bottleneck two GTX 480s in SLI? I barely have enough power too!
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I just thought of something... will my X6 bottleneck two GTX 480s in SLI? I barely have enough power too!
I don't think so, that six-core AMD chip at over 4000 should be good.
I think your psu is also fine, it's a good psu, and a hundred watts more than I'm running mine at.

Great deal on those 480's. Enjoy
    
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At that speed your X6 should be fine with those cards at 1920x1080+
    
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GTX 560Ti Hawk for sure. You definitely won't have any issues with Afterburner...
this. i use afterburner and im not even using a MSI card.

and the 560 Ti is a beast. it is a fantastic card.
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Whew! I got two "almost new" ASUS GTX 480s for SLI - $400 including everything. I couldn't pass it up.
good deal. well played, good sir. screw my 560 recommendation. lol
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I just thought of something... will my X6 bottleneck two GTX 480s in SLI? I barely have enough power too!
Depends on your res/number of screens...

But typically yes, however you'll get playable frames in probably everything.

However moar upgrades is always a bonus of other upgrades

Consider bulldozer or an SB/IB chip on 1155
    
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