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You know with crossfireX now, you can use say, a 3870 and a 3850 and they will each run at their respective speeds? thats my impression, anyway.. correct me if im wrong.

Does nvidia have plans to counter attack this? I would love to use my 8800gts 320 when i get a new card as well, instead of letting it go to waste.
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I'm guessing they're working hard on it as we speak. ATI has a real advantage over nVidia by doing something like this.
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Isn't nVidia's answer that hybrid SLI they're developing?
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I'm not sure, but it really makes me want to go ATI knowing i can re-use so to speak, my old video cards once i get new ones... it seems like a good way to save money and get a little extra performance. Although right now i have nvidia, always have thus far. Wouldn't mind keeping my card and continuing to use it with a new one....
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Regardless, you're not going to want to put a 320mb card together with a 512/760/1gb card.

Due to the structure of Crossfire/SLI, the other card could only use up to 320mb of Vram, which would severely hurt a card in resolutions 1600x1200 and above.

If you want SLI, go for another 320mb 8800gts (for 190 at newegg, it's a steal), Or, if crossfirex type drivers DO come out for SLI, pair it up with an 8800gs with 384mb ram for only 140$ 0_o

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130332

Of course just getting a new card and finding another use for the 8800 320 wouldn't be a bad idea, 320mb ram really isn't that much these days.
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Originally Posted by Penicilyn View Post
Isn't nVidia's answer that hybrid SLI they're developing?
Nope... Hybrid SLI is a Mobo With Integrated GFX, then you add your own Nvidia Card and Use The Integrated GPU and the Physical Card in SLi If I remeber Correctly... that is Nvidia's Anwser to Hybrid Crossfire
    
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Before nVidia works on SLI with dissimilar GPUs, I want them to make normal SLI work with non-nVidia chipsets :\\
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They could just ... oh I dunno actually get the current SLI to work the way its supposed to?

I still feel like going 2x SLI is like having a spare tire in the trunk of your car...
    
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I doubt you can mix a 3870 and a 3850 in crossfire. You might be able to, but last I heard they will just run like 2 x 3850's.

In SLI you can mix any card as long as they have the same core (8800GTS 320 + 640 would yield 2 x 320's) but they will run at the lowest speeds, and lowest RAM amount as the lowest card.
    
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I doubt you can mix a 3870 and a 3850 in crossfire. You might be able to, but last I heard they will just run like 2 x 3850's.

In SLI you can mix any card as long as they have the same core (8800GTS 320 + 640 would yield 2 x 320's) but they will run at the lowest speeds, and lowest RAM amount as the lowest card.
Nope, Crossfire x allows mixing any 3-series cards, a 3850 and a 3870 in crossfire outperforms two 3850's in crossfire, this is really nice since people that own a single 3850 can just grab a 3870 and see a fairly large boost in performance.
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