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Quad-Crossfire, here we come

If waiting for R600 has you down, Sapphire has an upcoming alternative. Early this morning the company internally demonstrated its dual-GPU Radeon X1950 Pro board, dubbed The Godfather. The dual-slot GPU uses two 6-pin power connectors but still fits within the standard 9" riser-board dimensions.

Sapphire representatives tell us the performance of the single card is comparable to two Radeon X1950s in Crossfire mode. The card runs on a single x16 PCIe connector. Both dual-link DVI connectors can be utilized at the same time.

Previous Radeon X1950 Pro cards have a GPU core clock of around 575MHz with a memory clock of 700MHz. The clock frequencies for The Godfather were not revealed.

Also visible on the adaptor are the two interfaces needed for AMD Crossfire. We have confirmed that the upcoming adaptor does not need a Crossfire motherboard as well in single-card implementations. However, memos from the company reveal that the card can be put into Crossfire mode with another identical card on a Crossfire motherboard -- the upcoming implementation would be the first capable of Quad-Crossfire.

Like other X-series Radeon cards, The Godfather is also capable of physics processing via Havok or any other middleware capable of interfacing with the Radeon FPU for physics calculations.

Expect to see demonstrations and benchmarks of the card during the upcoming CES 2007. Sapphire claims the card will be available in Q1'07, well ahead of the R600 launch. Sapphire recently announced its AGP version of the Radeon X1950 Pro, but the company would not respond if The Godfather would be available in AGP versions.
http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=5436
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DAMNIT! I would totally pick up a dual slot x1950Pro, now I have to sell this one. Maybe I can win one at CES this year

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yay, my board is crossfire

i hope i have to money to try it
    
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This was obviously coming. 4x4 called for it.
 
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Man... Thats awesome! Think those things will wipe the floor with my OCed X1800XT?
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i wonder if the new 3pcix16 boards can have 3 of these

3gb of memory lol

technically 6 GPU's
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Originally Posted by johonm333 View Post
i wonder if the new 3pcix16 boards can have 3 of these

3gb of memory lol

technically 6 GPU's
I won't work because the last slot is 1x meant for a physics card. Also, the chipset would have to support it (none do currently) or there would have a be a very unique hacked driver.
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Will quad-crossfire be a serious competitor to the 8800 in SLI?
    
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Well it doesnt look like itts DX10, so it might be a little behind in that regard. But i bet if the drivers will support it, you'd be looking at some serious competition. I think it would score similarly in 3dMark tests.
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post #10 of 31
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Originally Posted by Cheetos316 View Post
Will quad-crossfire be a serious competitor to the 8800 in SLI?
I doubt it if they can only use X1950 Pros... that's more of a competitor with the 7900GT. If they quad-crossfire X1950XTXs, then maybe.
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