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I have a single 8800GTS now, which outperforms a pair of X1900's in Crossfire that I used to have. Clearly, the 8800GTX will outperform the Crossfired X1950's.

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Originally Posted by Chozart View Post
I have a single 8800GTS now, which outperforms a pair of X1900's in Crossfire that I used to have.


In very few benchmarks that I've seen, the GTS beats a x1900 Crossfire setup. Othwise, the x1900s are typically on top. Unfortunately Toms Hardware doesn't have x1900 CF as an option anymore. They used to though.
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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
Please don't spew senseless crap. The X1950PRO uses 66w at load. Two would be 132 watts. A single 8800GTX uses 146 watts at load. 14 watts in savings with the two X1950PROs. Less power, over two cards will mean less heat.

Now, I don't believe that the framerate will be higher with two X1950PROs over a single 8800GTX. The 8800GTX beats two X1950XT's in a lot of cases, so how could two lower cards beat it?

In terms of price, the the X1950PRO is $150 shipped. The 8800GTX is $560 shipped. I picked the lowest price of both before any rebates.

Power usage source.

In short, you would have been MUCH better off with a single X1950XT for $170 shipped from the egg. It's probably about as powerful as two PROs in CF.
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Yeah, but the X1950XT for $170 is only 256MB, he's going with 512MB. Which is something that you really need these days it seems. The little bit of lag I get in BF2 at max is mostly due to not having quite enough texture memory at 1600X1200 res.

All though, 2 X1950XTX's ring in at approximately 480 for the pair, so that's not such a bad idea either, but going up that high you might as well get the 8800GTX.
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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!
Uh, er, why do you need a quad again? Please click the bottleneck link in my sig. I alaso suggest a single 1950XT... but the 512MB version.
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Yeah, but the X1950XT for $170 is only 256MB, he's going with 512MB. Which is something that you really need these days it seems. The little bit of lag I get in BF2 at max is mostly due to not having quite enough texture memory at 1600X1200 res.

All though, 2 X1950XTX's ring in at approximately 480 for the pair, so that's not such a bad idea either, but going up that high you might as well get the 8800GTX.
Ok, $215 after rebate and shipping. X1950XT 512MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102082

$265 after rebate and shipping. 8800GTS 320MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814122022

Using two cards is rarely a good thing. It's only useful in high end setups where the single most powerful card is not strong enough. I would suggest returning the X1950PRO and getting either a X1950XT (the 512mb version helps for over 1600x1200, but is not necesary) or the 8800GTS 320mb. Either one will save you $200-300 over the 8800GTX and still give you more than enough performance.
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Ok, $215 after rebate and shipping. X1950XT 512MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102082

$265 after rebate and shipping. 8800GTS 320MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814122022

Using two cards is rarely a good thing. It's only useful in high end setups where the single most powerful card is not strong enough. I would suggest returning the X1950PRO and getting either a X1950XT (the 512mb version helps for over 1600x1200, but is not necesary) or the 8800GTS 320mb. Either one will save you $200-300 over the 8800GTX and still give you more than enough performance.
Agreed.
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don't you need a crossfire edition card to run cross fire?
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don't you need a crossfire edition card to run cross fire?
Not anymore, with the newer cards you just need two of them.
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here's a question, is it more cost effective to run two ati cards in cross fire or to just run 1 good ati card
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