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So I bought this motherboard for my first system build, with the intention of keeping it for multiple upgrade cycles. Now that I am on my first one, I want to buy a second 6870.

When I bought the board, I knew that Crossfire would make the cards run at x4, but I had heard that the 6870's only lose a few fps in x16 x4 compared to x8 x8 setups.

Now, however, I realize that the biggest problem is that I chose a directcu graphics card, and on this motherboard if I were to crossfire the cards the top one would be heated up by the bottom one.

So now I need advice:

Should I:
a) try to sell the motherboard and upgrade it as WELL as buying a second 6870
b) buy the exact same Asus 6870dcu and run them in x16 x4 and hope for the best
c) buy a reference 6870 to put on the bottom so that it doesn't exhaust quite as much heat

or

d) try to sell the 6870 and just go for broke with a single slot, high quality gpu like a 6970 or a 570/80

Any advice would be appreciated
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post #2 of 8
Sell, get the pro version and then a 6870
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post #3 of 8
this card?



you can fit 2 of those cards in pcie slot 1 & 2 just fine
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yes, that card. I've heard that they get too hot in xfire, but if you think they don't, then I'll consider it. On the flip side, would running them on my motherboard be that bad?
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You could try it. It'll prob work but the x4 would limit. Id rather have x8/x8 tho
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I wouldn't sell the motherboard, I'd sell the video card. Sell it and just get a faster single card.
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Originally Posted by mostowizard View Post
yes, that card. I've heard that they get too hot in xfire, but if you think they don't, then I'll consider it. On the flip side, would running them on my motherboard be that bad?
it gets hotter than a single card obviously but it works fine.. in fact that is how most people with are set up..

i have the p8p67 EVO, same pcie spacing as yours, with plenty space in between even for the DirectCU protruding back fins..


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well just to see the results, I'm going to post an appraisal thread and see what kind of numbers I'm looking at. If I can sell or trade the card up for something like a 6970, 6950 2GB, or equivalent nVidia card for a reasonable price, I will probably do it.

EDIT: Nvm the 35 rep point rule is stupid
Edited by mostowizard - 7/31/11 at 2:03pm
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