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So my EVGA GTX 460 SE is having problems so I am RMAing it, in the meantime I am borrowing a friend's old pair of Sapphire ATI 4850s. My motherboard supports crossfire and I would like to run the cards in crossfire while I wait for the RMA process with EVGA.

I am clueless as how to do this at all as I have only run a single card set up with this motherboard. I am running Windows 7 Ultimate x64 with all the latest updates and patches. Can anyone here tell me how to set it up? I am assuming it is as simple as putting the cards in hooking up the two crossfire links, then booting up and installing drivers/catalyst control center, am I correct?

On another note will I see performance similar to my single GTX 460 with this setup?

thanks everyone
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Figured it out, but damn these 4850s run super hot and dish out really low framerates compared to my single GTX 460. I had to downclock these cards a ****load to keep them running cool without the fans hurting my ears. I hope EVGA's RMA is fast.
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Maybe those cards are just getting old because as far as I remember two 4850s should probabally outperform a single 460 by a fair amount.
    
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I thing if HD 4850s are 1GB they will be faster.
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Originally Posted by ZealotKi11er View Post

I thing if HD 4850s are 1GB they will be faster.

They are the 512MB versions, I am able to run Fallout 3 at max settings (the current game I am playing) and they should be fine for New Vegas (next game on the list), They should be fine until my 460 is RMAed and I am given a new card.

The 4850 that the display is connected to is idling at 80C with the fan on 50% and I reduced that clocks from 650 to 500 for the GPU and 933 to 700 for the memory. The other card is set up the same way but it is idling at 50C.
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turns out they are in fact 1GB Sapphire 4850s! I didn't know, my buddy said that they were 512MB ones but then I looked at the box. I pulled them out of my system and put the 460 back in, it run s cooler and performs far better than the crossfire. With the crossfire I was getting very choppy performance, and the card that the monitor was plugged into ran at 80 C whilest the other card ran at 53C. Those were Idle temps after I down clocked both cards from 650MHZ on the GPU and 933MHZ on the memory to 500MHZ and 700MHZ respectively.

The random crash issues I have been having with my 460 are not too bad, so I am going to continue to run it while I wait for EVGA to set up the RMA, once I send in my 460 I will go back to the 4850s until I receive my new 460. Any ideas on what I can do to maybe fix the 4850 that has been giving me trouble? I ahve no idea how long I am going to have to wait on EVGA for a replacement so I want to make the best of it.

EDIT:
Only one of the pair is a 1GB, the other is a 512MB version, the 512MB version was the one running hot. I pulled off the heatsink and the thermal paste needs to be reapplied. If I try this again should I have the 1GB card be the primary or should I just run one card?

EDIT2:
My bad they are both 512MB models, just the box for one of them says its a 1GB version
Edited by stratmaster458 - 11/30/11 at 11:07am
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