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I'm kinda torn between what to get for my next build, I plan to either go Q6600 or 9850BE, but either way, SLI compatible motherboard is out of my price range. So, I'm considering either getting the 9800GTX or the HD3870x2, both cards are comparable in price. But the HD3870X2 is basically just two 3870 in crossfire right? So does the games need to support Crossfire in order for it to run? So that means all Nvidia sponsored games are going to run badly on it? I know for sure that my X1950GT doesn't play well with Assassin's Creed and Race Driver: Grid. Are there any other games that have problems with it? For those who bought the HD3870X2, do you regret buying it or do you think it was a good purchase? Thanks.

Here's a vid I found showing the HD3870X2 not being able to run Grid smoothly. This is what I'm afraid of, did the newer drivers fixed it?

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Plays silky smooth for me, so not sure as I have never had an issue. I was running Cats 8.3 for the Demo for Grid but am running Cat 8.5's now. But of course I play it on 1680x1050.
Edited by rx7racer - 6/5/08 at 5:07am
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What kind of framerates you get with settings on Ultra and 4xMSAA at 1680x1050, especially when all 20 cars are ahead of you? Thanks for the reply.
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Well here at the moment I have just built a system with the 3870 X2 with the 8.5 Cats. It runs nice and smooth. I only played FEAR on it with MAX everything but it played smooth and looked great.
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Cool, that's good. Does the Nvidia sponsored games like Assassin's Creed and Grid still support Crossfire? I heard Crysis had to be hacked so it'll suppose Crossfire. I don't play that many fps, but if every game's like that it would suck.
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I have never heard of a game that will not support CF becuase it was sponsored by a rival company. Infact Crossfire is ATI hardware and Driver based. An application cannot refuse the method in which it is processed and put up on screen.

Or am I wrong ?
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I thought the game has to support Crossfire or SLi for it to run well. Otherwise adding the second card won't help? Sorry if I'm way off here, I always had single card setups only, so this is something new for me.
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I thought the game has to support Crossfire or SLi for it to run well. Otherwise adding the second card won't help? Sorry if I'm way off here, I always had single card setups only, so this is something new for me.
SLI and CF do have a slight better preformance in games. at 1680 resolution, I dont believe it made a difference (Currently running 2 x 9800GTX , I was playing CoD4 4x AA, All high Settings, geting 40fps on one card, 2 cards I get 60-70fps) , but if you are playing on a 24" 1920 resolution, yea SLI and CF will help cause of the resolution you are setting it as.

Games these days are now taking advantage of SLI and CF (But it DOES not have to be SLI/CF for games to run properly, Games these days require just a good GPU) , having better drivers and knowing if there is an SLI/CF setup it will take advantage of it, but all CF and SLI are controlled by their Drivers/Software
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I cant run COD4 on my Vista box, XP runs great though.
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I cant run COD4 on my Vista box, XP runs great though.
XP is great, and its ALOT faster, but Vista is the latest and Microsoft will stop supporting XP (besides Vista has DirectX10, unfortunately there are no games that are fully DX10 [Crysis? DX10?) , but soon will)

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But the HD3870X2 is basically just two 3870 in crossfire right? So does the games need to support Crossfire in order for it to run? So that means all Nvidia sponsored games are going to run badly on it?
The 3870 has two GPU Chips on one card. So mainly it is a CF setup on the card, and its a very good card aswell. No games NEEDS to be supported by Crossfire, but CF can work on any game and give double the performance.
    
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