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Just as the thread asks, can I run crossfire with an Asus P5B Deluxe? I do know that the second PCI slot is only 4x, but I was under the understanding that most cards now don't even use all 16/8/whatever X to begin with. I may get a second X1950 pro for free and I was just wondering if it could be used. Any help would be great, thx guys. Oh and one more thing, if it can work, do I need hacked drivers or something or should it run right off the bat?

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Unfortunately, I don't believe so.

The P5B-D is not set up for dual cards. I have read that with some hacked drivers, you can. But... it will run @ x16 / x4

oops... and with SLI only ???

Can someone verify the veracity of that statement, please?
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You could do CrossFire with the P5B Deluxe but I wouldn't recommend it because of the PCI lanes, you have 16 in the first one and 4 in the 2nd one.

Performance wise you may not loose a lot but it would considerably be far less than what a P5W-DH Deluxe would give you.

IMO. an 8800 GTX should be more than enough and better than any current SLI or CrossFire set up.

BTW, Syrillian; ATI allowed the P965 to run CrossFire.
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Thanks Nasgul, good to know.
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Its pretty sucky how ASUS boasts "Crossfire ready" on the P5B page but its really just a cop-out implementation.
    
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IMO. an 8800 GTX should be more than enough and better than any current SLI or CrossFire set.
I know that is true, but that wasn't really my question. I already have a X1950pro, and I could get a second for free. I was wondering if it was even worth the trouble of... well nothing since it would be free. Hmm.. this is annoying, I had no idea I'd have the chance to get the free card so I didn't even consider buying the P5B-D or whatever, I had just planned on using the X1950pro until the next gen cards became affordable.
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i might be confused but i thought that for crossfire one of the cards has to be a crossfire edition. like u could have a 1950 pro with a 1950 crossfire but not 2 pros like u can in sli
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If it is for free, then give it a go.

Sorry, not trying to iritate you, but if it was a no-go, then sell both of them and get a "you know what".
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i might be confused but i thought that for crossfire one of the cards has to be a crossfire edition. like u could have a 1950 pro with a 1950 crossfire but not 2 pros like u can in sli
The X1950 Pro is special, it doesnt need to have a special card, you just use two of the same kind and a small bridge thing EXACTLY like the SLI one
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If it is for free, then give it a go.

Sorry, not trying to iritate you, but if it was a no-go, then sell both of them and get a "you know what".
If it gives me only like a 10 fps increase though I really don't want it (OMG ITS FREE AND YOU DON'T WANT IT?!?!?! that is correct) because technically it isnt free, I just remembered my birthday is tomorrow and my parents offered to get me something, something not too expensive, and the sapphire one that i already have is going for 180ish on newegg. I really don't want to make my parents buy it for me if it isn't worth their money.
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