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Thread Starter 
So here are a few key points to my dilemma

I own a I7 860 processor

I just bought a second XfX reference 6950 flashed to 6970 speeds

I have a gigabyte mobo which i don't believe has dual x16 lanes (can check later once at home). I say this because when i installed the second card for crossfire, my perfomance was worse with dual cards.

My dilemma is, I don't want to invest a lot of money if i don't need to. With that said, maybe some suggestions as to how to get the most out of of the equipment i have now.


1. Suggest a replacement motherboard that I can still find that will give me the perfomance boost with my two video cards.
2. Find a single replacement video card that isn't going to be the equivalent in cost of a whole laptop.
3. Find a new mobo/cpu replacement
4. IDK.

I haven't been on the site in a LONG time so i'm out of the hardware loop and am just getting back in the swing. Oh, one of the last things i would like to find is a suggestion to get the most out of my SSD drive (agility 3). My max speeds on my mobo are approx. 250 r/w

Thanks in advance for any help and suggestions.

***EDIT*** Motherboard is P55A-UD3 Rev.11
Edited by la4ours - 9/6/13 at 6:28pm
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post #2 of 7
your motherboard's 2nd slot only runs at 4x. I want to suggest the 7970 or gtx 770, but hard to say without knowing your budget.
Edited by Xiphos - 9/7/13 at 12:38am
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Thread Starter 
Yeah. I did some research on my mobo a couple of days after i posted this thread and no replies. Along with learning this, i realized that i had to turn off both sata 3 and usb 3.0 to achieve a true x16 bus speed. I've been running crippled this whole time. I"m probably sure that this time if i install that second card, i'm not going to have that same stuttering effect i was having prior, as well, have some performance boost, even a 25% gain is probably noticable.

I'm really just looking into a new mobo, cpu setup at this point. I'm going to do some research on the amd side since i've been running this 860. I don't think i'm going to find a suitable mobo replacement for this chip that will allow me to run everything at full speed with this 1156 socket.
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post #5 of 7
FWIW I have a p7p55dD-E PRO I'm not very attached to.Check the specs and see if that will work for you biggrin.gif
It'll be going for a LOT less than that tpower that's been on the egg forever.
PS:I know it's gone out and come back yessir.gif: So..it's not new..
Edited by Schmuckley - 9/11/13 at 12:37pm
 
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post #6 of 7
Problem with that 4x slot is also that it runs off the PCH, so is even worse than 16x/4x would normally imply. It's a PCI-E 1.1 slot, with added latency relative to the primary 2.0 slot. Higher latency + only 1/8th the bandwidth is a disaster for Crossfire/SLI.

Anyway, there is little point in investing more in an LGA-1156 setup, which is three generations old at this point, but a different motherboard would solve your current issue. 8x/8x PCI-E 2.0 with nothing shared does exist on many 1156 boards, and would be plenty to support your GPUs.

If you do decide to replace the CPU and board, you are probably looking at a Haswell setup. AMD, quite frankly, doesn't have anything I'd consider a sufficient upgrade from an i7 860 to justify getting one for gaming purposes.
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I have to agree with Blameless on the Haswell/not AMD thing for gaming.i7 860 OC'd is still a heavy hitter;Smoother than an overclocked Deneb,which is no slouch.
 
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