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Well today I sold my 8800GTX because I don't game to the extreme. I play WoW and a little Supreme Commander and Titan Quest every few days.

I play at 1600x1200. Just picked up a x1950Pro 512MB.

I have a couple questions:

1. What card will I need to run this thing in CF in a week or two?

2. Do I need a CF connector of some type like SLI?

3. Any extra tips you can through at me. My last ATI card was a X800Pro.

Thanks!
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Unlike Nvidia, Ati doesn't need the bridge. There's a crossfire option in CCC. Just buy another 1950 pro for corssfire.
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With your computer's setup I would've mistaken you for a gamer. Guess not... Either way, that's a fairly good card, apparently not a great overclocker though.
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With your computer's setup I would've mistaken you for a gamer. Guess not... Either way, that's a fairly good card, apparently not a great overclocker though.
Yeah... that's why I had to part ways with the GTX. I'm crying right now but it's getting me closer to my quad. I just am more CPU intensive than GPU. I wanna get into heavy folding and yada yada yada.

So another card just like I bought will allow for CF? That's cool.
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Unlike Nvidia, Ati doesn't need the bridge. There's a crossfire option in CCC. Just buy another 1950 pro for corssfire.
Unlike what you suggested 2 X1950Pros do need a bridge
The x1950Pro's feature Ati's new crossfire method using 2 ribbon bridge connectors called native crossfire.

With every X1950Pro you buy you get one of these connectors so buying 2 gives you the 2 connectors needed to crossfire the cards.

Put the cards in, put the 2 connectors on them, enable Crossfire in CCC and you are good to go.

Must reads for X1950Pro crossfire owners:
Overal info and benchies: http://www.legitreviews.com/article/406/2/
Benchies: http://www.digital-daily.com/video/x...ire/index3.htm
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wait, you bought a 8800gtx, sold it, bought a x1950 and now you want to go crossfire ?

could you waste anymore money lol

should of stuck with the 8800gtx
    
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Meh, 2 X1950 Pros are still cheaper than 1 GTX. I might get flamed for saying this, but they may also outperform a single GTX, they just won't have DX10. I have the X1950Pro except it's 256MB. I love this card, it runs almost anything perfectly, with little to no lag, the only issue I have is due to the fact that my CPU is choking the life out of it.

As far as tips for owning ATI again.

1.DON'T install Catalyst Control Center, just install the driver, if you wan't to tweak use ATI Tray Tools.
2.ATI's RMA is great, they get it back to you in fast and in working condition, God forbid you need to use it, just something good to know.
3.And, as mentioned above, they don't OC well, in fact that may of been how I killed a pixel pipe in mine, not sure, but I RMA'd it and got a new one, so win-win.
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yay! another ATi switcher *evil laughs*
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yeh they beat it slightly! a few fps more, big deal, there not cheaper and they will use way more power and create more heat.

there's no upside to downgrading in this case
    
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Uhh, how aren't they cheaper...2 X1950 Pro's for 440, while a GTX is still about $550?

X1950Pro 512 MB for 179.99

Compared to 8800GTX 579.99

That actually makes the crossfire X1950Pro setup 359.98

You are saving 220 bucks. If you don't gave EXTREMELY heavily and you aren't real anxious for DX10 than it's actally quite a smart move.
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