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So quick question again. What would be better 2 pci-e x8 or 1 pci-e 16 and 1 pci-e 4 ?
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So quick question again. What would be better 2 pci-e x8 or 1 pci-e 16 and 1 pci-e 4 ?
x8 x8 would be my guess?
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So quick question again. What would be better 2 pci-e x8 or 1 pci-e 16 and 1 pci-e 4 ?

Good read here on that.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5458/the-radeon-hd-7970-reprise-pcie-bandwidth-overclocking-and-msaa
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I got what the article was saying but that pertains to the 7970 which is a PCI-e 3.0 card yhe 6870 are only PCI-E 2 and the sandy bridge chip still only does pci-e 2 even if I had a 7970. So I'm still wondering which would be better to crossfire 2 6870's with. pci-e x8 + pci-e x8 or pci-e 16 + pci-e x4?
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It say you would get a total of 10 gbps from x16 +x4 being 8 gbps + 2 gbps as opposed to 8 gbps from x8+x8 at 4gbps = 4 gbps. But I still don't see which would give better performance. I sorry if the quuestions don't make sense. Just wondering cause I replace a Z68 mobo with a Z77 then notice the Z68 is x8 X 2 and the Z77 is x16 + x4.
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Generally its 1-2% loss from x16 to x8 and a 4-5% loss from x16 to x4..So I would go with x8 + x8 a very small and even 1-2 % loss over both cards.I would try to keep the cards even to minimize the possibility of shutter.Im not saying it would cause a problem but givin the choice I wouldn't take the risk.Assuming you don't have any problems I think the difference is going to be very small . No more than 1 FPS difference between them.
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Generally its 1-2% loss from x16 to x8 and a 4-5% loss from x16 to x4..So I would go with x8 + x8 a very small and even 1-2 % loss over both cards.I would try to keep the cards even to minimize the possibility of shutter.Im not saying it would cause a problem but givin the choice I wouldn't take the risk.Assuming you don't have any problems I think the difference is going to be very small . No more than 1 FPS difference between them.
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/HD_5870_PCI-Express_Scaling/25.html

Thank You for the infro that was what I was looking for. If it's going to be under 5-10 fps I'm not going through the headache of swapping boards back out. Not worth it with all the water cooling and wire sleeving being cut to length. Even though I love tearing into my rig just not worth it. thumb.gif
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Can you believe that just adding that 140mm NZXT fan between my GPU's and front rad actually dropped my temps when gaming from low 80's to high 60's? I just played about and hour of MW3 everything set to as high as possible like I always do and the highest my GPU's got were 68 for the top card and 65 for the bottom. I'm real happy with that. I can't believe it. thumb.gif And that was running the fans at auto fan speed setting in CCC. Didn't really even hear them spool up half as much as the normally did before adding that fan. I can't wait to add the two universal water blocks to my loop. biggrin.gif

Here's a pic of the fan I'm talking about I just used the adjustable bracket that come with the top removable hd cage in the Phantom 410. All I did was screwed it into of the holes on the bottom of the 5.25" bays and tilted it a tiny bit to aim more at the gpu's.

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Can you believe that just adding that 140mm NZXT fan between my GPU's and front rad actually dropped my temps when gaming from low 80's to high 60's? I just played about and hour of MW3 everything set to as high as possible like I always do and the highest my GPU's got were 68 for the top card and 65 for the bottom. I'm real happy with that. I can't believe it. thumb.gif And that was running the fans at auto fan speed setting in CCC. Didn't really even hear them spool up half as much as the normally did before adding that fan. I can't wait to add the two universal water blocks to my loop. biggrin.gif
Here's a pic of the fan I'm talking about I just used the adjustable bracket that come with the top removable hd cage in the Phantom 410. All I did was screwed it into of the holes on the bottom of the 5.25" bays and tilted it a tiny bit to aim more at the gpu's.
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