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Ok so I got a Gigabyte Z77-D3H. Im not going to upgrade it as I have just got it. The first PCIE lane runs at X16 while the second PCIE lane runs at X4. I have seen a few benchmarks and the performance is not much of a drop since I will be running it with VSync on anyway. Should I buy a second 6950 ?

Is my board any good for Crossfire ? and would it be worth it ?

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Honestly, I probably wouldn't. I'm pretty sure with uneven bandwidth on both cards you will probably experience alot of framerate inconsistancy, meaning your framerates will vary alot from one second to the next. This is tough to see when looking at a single benchmark average, you need to look at graphs that monitor framerate over the whole benchmark. I would recommend you buy a single highend card like a 7970 or GTX680 and sell your current 6950 to help cover the upgrade expense. You will end up spending a little more, but you will get consistantly better performance and if your 6950 was the 1gb version (cant tell from sig) you will get more vram as well.
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Originally Posted by BinaryDemon View Post

Honestly, I probably wouldn't. I'm pretty sure with uneven bandwidth on both cards you will probably experience alot of framerate inconsistancy, meaning your framerates will vary alot from one second to the next. This is tough to see when looking at a single benchmark average, you need to look at graphs that monitor framerate over the whole benchmark. I would recommend you buy a single highend card like a 7970 or GTX680 and sell your current 6950 to help cover the upgrade expense. You will end up spending a little more, but you will get consistantly better performance and if your 6950 was the 1gb version (cant tell from sig) you will get more vram as well.

Its the 2GB Version by the way.
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Intel i5 2500K 4.7GHz [24/7] Gigabyte Z77 ATI Radeon 6950 (XFX) Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600MHz  
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2x 500GB HDD's [RAID 0]  A Non-Branded DVD-DL Burner Zalman CNPSX 10 Performa Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
2x iiyama Prolite E2407HDS Razer Tarantula 600W OCZ NZXT Tempest 410 Elite 
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Logitech G500 Wooden Desk - LOL 
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Intel i5 2500K 4.7GHz [24/7] Gigabyte Z77 ATI Radeon 6950 (XFX) Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600MHz  
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2x 500GB HDD's [RAID 0]  A Non-Branded DVD-DL Burner Zalman CNPSX 10 Performa Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
2x iiyama Prolite E2407HDS Razer Tarantula 600W OCZ NZXT Tempest 410 Elite 
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Logitech G500 Wooden Desk - LOL 
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