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I need some advice.

Currently, I am running a X1600 Crossfire setup, and am very underwhelmed in the performance I am seeing. With a 3602 3dMark06 score, I was hoping for much higher. After doing a bit of research that I should have done when I purchased the cards, I see that each card has only 4 pixel pipes, which makes me a sad panda.

So, after a bit of browsing, I found a HIS Hightech Radeon X1950PRO 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 for sale on newegg.com for a meer $190 ($170 after rebate). Now, I REALLY don't want to make the same mistake twice, which is why I haven't purchased the card yet. So, I was wondering if it would be more beneficial for me to purchase this card, and run it solo (and most likely OC it) or, OC my current Crossfire setup. Which, is still pretty damn depressing. As this new card has GDDR3, at 3x the speed of my current cards. Not to mention 8 more pipes than I currently am using (with no way to unlock more).
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If its in your budget, I'd try your hardest to squeeze it in....Look inot the 8800GTS 320MB.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130082

Its soo much more powerful than the x1950. My friends with a x2 3800 is pulling 7k 3dmarks with everything stock
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Oh yeah, the 8800GTX 320MB is great and full of wonders lol, everyone has been astonished by its performance!
    
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Aye, however that's an nVidia card. A damn nice one, but still nVidia. As my entire system is AMD/ATI, I'd prefer to keep it that way for in the future, I can go crossfire if I needed. What's the ATI equivalent of that, any idea?
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Aye, however that's an nVidia card. A damn nice one, but still nVidia. As my entire system is AMD/ATI, I'd prefer to keep it that way for in the future, I can go crossfire if I needed. What's the ATI equivalent of that, any idea?
So your fanboyism will keep you from buying a superior card? I'm sorry thats pathetic. This $259 card is miles beyond anything ATI has to offer for the price, miles beyond. Stop being immature and get what gives you the most bang for your buck.


I can pull 11k 3dmark 06 with this thing.


Take a look at this link and tell me if you see something interesting about the video cards.....
http://www.overclock.net/benchmarkin...chmarking.html
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Aye, however that's an nVidia card. A damn nice one, but still nVidia. As my entire system is AMD/ATI, I'd prefer to keep it that way for in the future, I can go crossfire if I needed. What's the ATI equivalent of that, any idea?
If you prefer brand loyalty then that really isn't "the pursuit of performance"......

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So your fanboyism will keep you from buying a superior card? I'm sorry thats pathetic. This $259 card is miles beyond anything ATI has to offer for the price, miles beyond. Stop being immature and get what gives you the most bang for your buck.
Chill out dude, brand loyalty doesn't mean immaturity.
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A 3dMark 06 score in the 3000's seems to be ridiculously low if you are running a true crossfire setup. I think there is something else at play here. I would look into how well both cards are working by benching them one at a time.
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So your fanboyism will keep you from buying a superior card? I'm sorry thats pathetic. This $259 card is miles beyond anything ATI has to offer for the price, miles beyond. Stop being immature and get what gives you the most bang for your buck.
ouch?

No, I was not being an ATI fanboi, I was told that (which may be wrong) my Mobo is a Crossfire/ATI board, which could cause problems. Not only that, if I ever needed to add another card, I'd be SOL, because nVidia cards are not able to use the ATI Crossfire boards to accomplish such a task.
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ouch?

No, I was not being an ATI fanboi, I was told that (which may be wrong) my Mobo is a Crossfire/ATI board, which could cause problems. Not only that, if I ever needed to add another card, I'd be SOL, because nVidia cards are not able to use the ATI Crossfire boards to accomplish such a task.
Then why dont you crossfire 2 ATI cards and beat my single 8800GTS? You go try to do that without spending more than 600 bucks.

Really, you said the pursuit of performance......



I'm not trying to be a prick here, just being realistic. If you want bang for the buck, the 8800GTS 320 is leaps and bounds better than ANYTHING else on the market.
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ouch?

No, I was not being an ATI fanboi, I was told that (which may be wrong) my Mobo is a Crossfire/ATI board, which could cause problems. Not only that, if I ever needed to add another card, I'd be SOL, because nVidia cards are not able to use the ATI Crossfire boards to accomplish such a task.
My QuadGT is a CrossFire board and look at my video card.

The chipset affects CPU overclocking much more than anything related to the GPU, it basically tells you if you can run 2 cards, that's all.

And Intervention you seriously need to take a chill pill lol. You sound angry as hell.
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