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So I've been torn over this decision recently after finding out that it wouldn't be possible to just link up a 7990 and a 7970 with watercooling, and that certain games can have problems with three cores running. So I've been considering a crossfire, water cooled 7970 configuration which would be able to use what I want (a crystal link configuration) to link the two... But should I run the 7970+7990, a two way 7970 crossfire, or a three way 7970 crossfire configuration? I'm going to wait of course until the driver update/ fix is released, and see how it performs on the games I play!

Thoughts, and benchmarks on games appreciated smile.gif
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finding out that it wouldn't be possible to just link up a 7990 and a 7970 with watercooling


Usually if you get blocks from the same manufacturer they will maintain one set of ports in alignment. You only need one set to go serial cuz parallel obviously won't work with two dissimilar blocks. And even if they weren't in alignment, plumbing issues with just two blocks is easy. It's not a battle with something like a quad gpu setup.
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Usually if you get blocks from the same manufacturer they will maintain one set of ports in alignment. You only need one set to go serial cuz parallel obviously won't work with two dissimilar blocks. And even if they weren't in alignment, plumbing issues with just two blocks is easy. It's not a battle with something like a quad gpu setup.

Besides that, it would look funny with an all CSQ design with one plain block with no CSQ backplate, but EK couldn't give me a definite answer about the port alignment. I wanna do parallel anyways with the blocks, I've been considering getting the EK Parallel link
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Usually if you get blocks from the same manufacturer they will maintain one set of ports in alignment. You only need one set to go serial cuz parallel obviously won't work with two dissimilar blocks. And even if they weren't in alignment, plumbing issues with just two blocks is easy. It's not a battle with something like a quad gpu setup.

Besides that, it would look funny with an all CSQ design with one plain block with no CSQ backplate, but EK couldn't give me a definite answer about the port alignment. I wanna do parallel anyways with the blocks, I've been considering getting the EK Parallel link


You can't do parallel with two different blocks (7990+7970)! Well, I suppose you could but you'd be better off just giving me that money and you would have better performance with a the squirrel cage coolers. If you mean the 7970+7970 that this question is moot.
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You can't do parallel with two different blocks (7990+7970)! Well, I suppose you could but you'd be better off just giving me that money and you would have better performance with a the squirrel cage coolers. If you mean the 7970+7970 that this question is moot.

doh.gif I meant to say parallel with the 7970 blocks tongue.gif
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The 7990+7970 will be the best setup due to the ultra rare port configuration of the 7990. That is the BIG deal with the 7990. I mean putting aside that they did some miracle work on its TDP and PLX chip, but that stuff is really 2nd fiddle to the 4 mDP ports.
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I guess I'll look into spacing the cards out if I can, and using some magical fittings to adjust the difference if the ports aren't in alignment thumb.gif
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Quick question regarding topic, hope you wont mind?

7990 + 7970 on RIVE would run @x16 speed when CF is enabled? Is this correct? I haven't seen many users running this configuration. rolleyes.gif
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Yes, it runs x16 all GPUs if positioned correctly.
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Old style EK does not line up with new CSQ style trust me mad.gif
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