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SAPPHIRE PC-A9RD480Adv Socket 939 ATI Radeon Xpress 200 CrossFire ATX AMD CrossFire Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16813154007R


Okay I wanted a new motherboard because my Sata ports are bad on my current board. So I was looking a newegg.com(o've course) and found this one.

2 things
What do you think about the board and
I will have only one GFX card ""Do I need a shadow card""!!!

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It will run fine with 1 card. That board is OK, but not the best. Not sure how it would OC, but the opportunity for CF is always a plus.
    
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I am new at crossfire(Not new a computers) and I heard that you need a shadow card for some Abit motherboard. Just wandering if one is needed for this board.

PS.. Sapphire Web site not helpfull.
    
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I've never heard anything about a shadow card. I have a crossfire mobo and 1 card and have had no issues whatsoever. I think that shadow card thing is just gibberish they're telling you to sell you more stuff
    
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Okay I trust your advise. Off subject...

Do you have after market cooling on your CPU. If so what is your overclock settings about. Trying to get my cpu higher. But when i go above 2.5 it will randomly restart?
    
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I'm not 100% sure about this, but if I remember correctly shadow cards were part of the early generation of nForce 4 SLI motherboards. I know Abit provided one on my KN8 SLI. Basically it's a circuit board you put in the second PCI-E graphics slot instead of a second graphics card to enable the board to run in non-SLI mode.

I don't think Crossfire boards need the shadow card, but I could be totally wrong on this.
    
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Hey thanxs for the info. That would make sence from what I have heard.
    
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