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post #11 of 57
In general: Good work!!!

I also like the Graphics Card Ranking link (It does apply to single card setups, right? They may have SLi or CF in one card, but eventually it's al about 1 card, no?)
   
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post #12 of 57
Thread Starter 
Thanks dood smile.gif

The ranking link appears to apply to every single setup possible. Quad cards, tri cards, dual cards and single cards. Not sure what you mean by eventually it's all about 1 card... I mean the 'weakest' card is what determines how functional CF/SLi is, if that's what you meant.
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post #13 of 57
What I mean is:
It's all about PHYSICLY one card, nothing to do with 2/3/4 cards.
(2-in-1-cards like the GTX590 is also counted as 1 physicly card)

But nvm tongue.gif I can't explain in English... Do you speak Dutch? it would help me out here hehe wink.gif
   
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Oh my god, this is THE MOST USEFUL THREAD I HAVE EVER READ ON OVERCLOCK!!

That flowchart is very useful. You just showed me that the range of graphics cards I was looking at is exactly what I need, and it would be pointless for me to get anything stronger. smile.gif

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post #15 of 57
SO if I CF my 6870 1GB with a 6870 2GB I would only have 1GB effective? There is a way to make the 2GB the primary right?
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Originally Posted by Sumatra;15356326 
SO if I CF my 6870 1GB with a 6870 2GB I would only have 1GB effective? There is a way to make the 2GB the primary right?

Actually, there's not. Because of the way Crossfire works, the stronger graphics card has to dumb itself down to the specs of the weaker graphics card. That's the bottom line. If the faster card was going full-out, the slower card couldn't catch up, and it would cause all kinds of issues. And the memory is a part of that.
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Originally Posted by ShadowDragoon;15356389 
Actually, there's not. Because of the way Crossfire works, the stronger graphics card has to dumb itself down to the specs of the weaker graphics card. That's the bottom line. If the faster card was going full-out, the slower card couldn't catch up, and it would cause all kinds of issues. And the memory is a part of that.

So I'm stuck with a single card setup?confused.gif
post #18 of 57
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Originally Posted by Sumatra;15356326 
SO if I CF my 6870 1GB with a 6870 2GB I would only have 1GB effective? There is a way to make the 2GB the primary right?

I am afraid that would not be possible, at least not for now. In crossfire configuration, each GPU is allocating the same amount of VRAM as its siblings.

You can actually see in GPU-Z 0.55 and Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta7 onward, the actual amount of memory utilized. If you crossfire 2 x 6970 2GB, the max effective in GPU-Z and Afterburner is 4GB.

The max in Quad 6970 or 2 x 6990 is 8GB, but it doesn't mean the effective memory is 8GB. The actual reading is 8GB divided by number of GPUs, 8/4 = 2 GB.
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Originally Posted by Ken1649;15356457 
I am afraid that would not be possible, at least not for now. In crossfire configuration, each GPU is allocating the same amount of VRAM as its siblings.

You can actually see in GPU-Z 0.55 and Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta7 onward, the actual amount of memory utilized. If you crossfire 2 x 6970 2GB, the max effective in GPU-Z and Afterburner is 4GB.

The max in Quad 6970 or 2 x 6990 is 8GB, but it doesn't mean the effective memory is 8GB. The actual reading is 8GB divided by number of GPUs, 8/4 = 2 GB.

Dang Glad I asked... I was about to buy another card.
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Great post!!! +rep
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