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hey guys,

im currently at a cross-roads here. i use an X1950 Master card with a Gigabyte Ds3P motherboard which supports Crossfire. i really wanna move into the crossfire scenario, but am wondering, how would XTX Crossfire'd compare to say a single HD 2900? i realise the HD can do dx10 and all that, but im talkin about now, and in directx9 games.

i havnt heard anywhere confirming the R650 or 65nm HD 2900 so im not really willing to wait and see what happens there. prolly wont be out til christmas anyway. and im from australia, so newegg isnt a go and i cant get me a 1gb hd 2900 anywhere here.

what do you think? Crossfire the X1950's or get a HD 2900. by the time i can afford HD 2900 Crossfire, the new cards would be out so theres no point in Crossfiring them yet.

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which is cheaper for you
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x2900xt will do better (according to a member here who had 2x 1950pros and switched to a x2900).

Now the pro is cheaper but you will need to upgrade when DX 10 is mainstreme
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i've been patiently waiting for the HD2950XTX to come out later this year, but i just recently started getting the CrossFire bug. i keep checking E-Bay for CF Master Cards, and i'm probably going to end up buying another 1900 before the 2950s come out.

anyway, you're in a better boat than me. buying a regular 1950 is a lot easier than looking for a cheap master card like i'm doing right now.

honestly, it's probably smarter to hold out for the 2950's.
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post #5 of 26
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which is cheaper for you
to be honest, moneys not really the issue here, performance for dollar is. i am willing to spend whatever to move up to a single HD 2900 if im gonna get more out of it now then Crossfire X1950's. by the time games like Crysis and all that come out, i believe we will have better GPU options.

i love my X1950. would love to Crossfire them. but not if its still gonna be beind a single HD 2900 in everything it does.
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x2900xt will do better (according to a member here who had 2x 1950pros and switched to a x2900).

Now the pro is cheaper but you will need to upgrade when DX 10 is mainstreme
yeah im kool to upgrade when its time. i can get my 2nd XTX for about $350.00 AUD. Since i already got the X1950 master its easy. just whether its worth it
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i'll buy your master card off you if you'll ship it to California for free
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I would go with the single 2900XT, as you may be limited by your chipset in 16x/4x mode. I am in mine, which has the same setup in that aspect. Apparently the next few ATI drivers may fix this, but ATM I get terrible performance compared to my older AMD board with 16x/16x.
Another thing is that the X38 based motherboards will be out soon, so if you are planning on upgrading in a month or so you could buy an X38 with that second card for a true 16x/16x Crossfire setup.

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I can tell you that I am not getting anthing remarkable from thee 2900XT and I was able to get just under 10K witth my X1950pro CF setup.

If I were ou I would stick with CF X1950pro.

This is from someone who has both on hand right now and is not too impressed with the 2900XT...
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I would go with the single 2900XT, as you may be limited by your chipset in 16x/4x mode. I am in mine, which has the same setup in that aspect. Apparently the next few ATI drivers may fix this, but ATM I get terrible performance compared to my older AMD board with 16x/16x.
Another thing is that the X38 based motherboards will be out soon, so if you are planning on upgrading in a month or so you could buy an X38 with that second card for a true 16x/16x Crossfire setup.


@ that!
yeah good point about the 16x/4x...so that would definitely hinder the performance enough to justify a move to single HD 2900?

and no lol, i've been to california, awesome place. no way in hell im shipping there for free hahaha nice thought tho. maybe if u can arrange for me to buy a 1gb hd2900 from you we can work soemthin out, since i cant use newegg?
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