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post #1 of 20
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I'd like to know if I should get Xfire over SLI at all (price, compatibility, drivers, and performance in mind), and if so, what is the best O/Cing Xfire mobo in the $150 price range. I was eyeing the Asus A8R32-MVP, but I'm sure there are better ones.

PS: I don't want AM2 or Conroe, just S939.
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I'd have to say the best one is the DFI CFX3200 me and a few friends have it and we all like it alot loads of bios options and whatnot,
link http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136009
Its not 150 but its close and definitally worth it
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post #3 of 20
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That one has an interesting socket placement! Also, would Xfire be worth it at all?
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post #4 of 20
I had the Asus A8R32 MVP Deluxe. Great board, overclocked my Opty 170 to 2.7GHz 100% stable and 2.9GHz for 3DMark benchies.

Ran it with Crossfire, and can highly recommend it. Together with the DFI mentioned before, it's the best one you can get. Knowing DFI, that board likely has more overclock settings. The A8R32 MVP Deluxe has a max VCore of 1.65V.

And yes, Crossfire is definately worth it. Here are some 3DMark scores with the socket 939 rig I had (A8R32 MVP Deluxe, Opty 170, 2GHz G.Skill HZ, X1900's Crossfire):
3DMark06: 10,098
3DMark05: 16,171
    
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Haha, with my 1 x1950 PRO, my 05 is still 2,000 less than your 06...
    
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3,500 you mean That was the score of my previous rig. Currently, my 3DMark06 is 11,569 (upgrade to Core 2 Duo; same X1900 Crossfire. Main reason for upgrade to Core 2 Duo was that the motherboard didn't like my screwdriver - oops..where did those caps go??? )
    
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post #7 of 20
crap... I'll never catch up...

Do you think 2 1950 PROs and an Opty 165 at 2.8 + could compete with you?

Sorry to hijack...
    
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post #8 of 20
No. The X1950PRO is inferior to the X1900XT and X1900 Crossfire edition.

Compare here:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814131005

The X1950PRO is similar to the X1900GT in specs (12 pipelines, 575MHz core, 256MB GDDR3), while the X1900's have better specs (16 pipelines, 625MHz core, 512MB GDDR3).

Note that I ran about 6,000 3DMark06 with a single X1900 an the Opty 170. Your 3DMark05 score seems a bit low for that card though.

Somewhat back on topic: I would not get a Crossfire set of cards right now. The ATI DX10 cards should be out in Q1 2007... Get a single one for now, and see what the future brings us.
    
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I'm hoping to OC it to 625, would that be a plausible goal? I haven't seriously OCed a Graphics Card before.

And an 8400 05 is low for a single-core processor and this card? Dang, I was really happy. Any chance it's the mobo sucking it up?
    
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post #10 of 20
625 should work... but then realize I pushed the X1900's to about 685 (I actually had a CPU bottleneck with the Opty 170!!)
    
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