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Yeah, like the title says, would i be able to run games 1248x1024 maxed out and never drop below 75fps?

To do so i need:

Sapphire x1900GT 256mb $150
DFI LanParty UT RDX200 $50 (if someone has one and would like to trade for a Ultra-D with the SLi-D mod, gimme a PM)

I wanted to go sli, there was so much hype about SLi with 7600GT's when really just one outdid both in real world stuff. The numbers were great, 5100 3dmarks in 06. but at 1248x1024 it did not make much of a difference.

Plz do not link to crossfire setups & 3dmark. Only real world games.

Oh and the box says i need a crossfire edition graphics card. Does crossfire still need a ****ing $700 master card and that damned cable?
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It does for cards before the X1950Pro. That has the crossfire controller on every card, so you don't need a master card. All you need is 2 crossfire bridges that connect the two cards - internally.
    
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x1300's i thought? Mine does not have the dongles inside, but the box says it's crossfire ready and has the crossfire cert/guide on it
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Well all I know is that for cards manufactured before the X1950Pro, including the x1900GT, you need a master and a slave edition and they connect up externally.
    
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Hmm the x1950pro uses kinda the same PCB as mine but it's a R570 and mines a R580
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Yeah it's all about the chip. The crossfire controller is built in to the RV570 chips, but with other chips the crossfire controller has to be on a seperate chip on the PCB.
    
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Usually Crossfire isnt worth it unless 2 reasons

1.) You want the most bleeding edge tech you can get at the time
2.) You buy a cheaper card like an X1900GT becuase your on a budget, then later on you buy another to get performance close to a 250 card by only paying maybe 140 a few months later.
post #8 of 16
Crossfire is worth it if you want great graphics at a high resolution. If you only game at 1248x1024, crossfire is not for you.
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Well all I know is that for cards manufactured before the X1950Pro, including the x1900GT, you need a master and a slave edition and they connect up externally.
Wrong. You can do dongleless crossfire with the X1900GT Rev. 2.
 
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post #10 of 16
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I want crossfire AA 16x AF with no hit on FPS and i have one card already.
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