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Let's say if I buy an AMD based computer with an AM2+ or AM3 board and couple with a Phenom or Phenom II, would having an ATI graphics card be better than an Nvidia?

Normally, I'd say no, but I haven't been following up on AMD until the recent Phenom II hype that has been going on. Since AMD got ATI, I can assume that somehow their processor and ATI graphics can help to deliver better performance?

Also, I heard of this thing called "Fusion" not sure if it's a processor or some new technology. Can someone tell me what "fusion" is all about?
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In short, no, neither will be better, unless you want to run Crossfire/SLI.
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True, unless you're going to run X-fire, or SLI, it shouldn't matter.

Fusion is a few different things. Ultimately, fusion is going to be the integration of CPU and GPU (like a dual core CPU, combined with a dual core GPU). THere are more details floating around out there... but this one gives you a pretty good idea of what Im talking about (or just google AMD fusion).

Fusion is also a driver related thing. you can download it, and it will remove some background services, to get better FPS in games.

hope that helps out
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As far as which GPU(s) to pair with an AMD system, I do not reccomend SLi because SLi boards do not have the almighty SB750. Without the SB750, and no ACC, your overclocks will not be as high as with an AMD/ATi based 790GX or 790FX/SB750 motherboard.
Even considering, for a single card, go for an AMD/ATi based motherboard with SB750.

EDIT: Thank you Logan for helping out explaining fusion.
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Thanks guys for the responses

This will really help me if I pursue going Phenom II instead of i7
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Originally Posted by Kamikaze127 View Post
As far as which GPU(s) to pair with an AMD system, I do not reccomend SLi because SLi boards do not have the almighty SB750. Without the SB750, and no ACC, your overclocks will not be as high as with an AMD/ATi based 790GX or 790FX/SB750 motherboard.
Even considering, for a single card, go for an AMD/ATi based motherboard with SB750.

EDIT: Thank you Logan for helping out explaining fusion.


Actually, I think nVidia is coming out with a chipset that has the ACC feature.


790FX has four pci-e x16 2.0 slots that can all run at 8x for quad-fire. That means you can have four cards, each with the full bandwidth of pci-e x16 1.1.


I dunno how that compares to X48.
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I was in a hurry towards the end of my last post, so I forgot to get the link the AMD Fusion (the utility)... so HERE it is, if any of you are interested. Apparently its good for a few FPS, in games, and might help you reach that benchmark goal that you've been trying to hit.

Also, nice post Kamikaze127 +rep for the good info.
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