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If you get a newer crossfire motherboard, you don't need a Crossfire edition mastercard. You can get 2 x1800xt or 2 1900's on the new 3200 chipsets. Crossfire cards are a thing of the past.
Im assuming the Asus P5WD2-Premium doesnt fit the bill ?
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Originally Posted by Atlas101
Im assuming the Asus P5WD2-Premium doesnt fit the bill ?
I'm not familiar with that motherboard, but just look at the chipset. If it's Xpress 3200, then it's fine.

"However, with ATI's release of the new Motherboard Chipset named "Xpress 3200", the 'master' card is no longer required. With the Xpress 3200, two normal cards can be run in a Crossfire setup. This was a very smart move from ATI, because the Crossfire Master cards were not only expensive, but also under very high demand. The new setup also gives better performance, alot better stability due to major bug fixes, and extreme overclockability."
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These are the Crossfire boards. They run $200 or so. But in the long run if you plan on running Crossfire you would be better off with one of those boards.
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I'm not familiar with that motherboard, but just look at the chipset. If it's Xpress 3200, then it's fine.

"However, with ATI's release of the new Motherboard Chipset named "Xpress 3200", the 'master' card is no longer required. With the Xpress 3200, two normal cards can be run in a Crossfire setup. This was a very smart move from ATI, because the Crossfire Master cards were not only expensive, but also under very high demand. The new setup also gives better performance, alot better stability due to major bug fixes, and extreme overclockability."
Thanks for the info SCCR...

Heres a link to the board Im purchasing: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131589

Doesnt look like it fits the bill. Maybe I should get 1 excellent card then? I was really looking forward to 2 GPU's.
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Thanks for the info SCCR...

Heres a link to the board Im purchasing: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131589

Doesnt look like it fits the bill. Maybe I should get 1 excellent card then? I was really looking forward to 2 GPU's.
It doesn't look like there are any Intel boards with the Xpress 3200 chipset. If you want to run Crossfire, you might have to get a master card. I'll see if I can find any intel chipsets that don't need a master card. It wouldn't surprise me if there are some since there's been a lot of driver progress with Crossfire.
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A single X1900XTX will give you incredibly amazing performance. Dual X1800s wouldn't be a whole lot better than one X1900, but there will be a small difference. The only way you could do crossfire without a crossfire master card is if you stick with AMD and get one of the boards from the link I posted above.
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Agreed. Get a motherboard with the ATI Radeon xPress 3200 chipset. They're a bit pricy, but high-end, dual x16 Crossfire.

An example is the ASUS A8R32-MVP board (just got mine!! need to build now : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131004

EDIT: Sorry Sam, overlooked your link

I do believe, however, that it only will work correctly after the release of Catalyst 6.5.
    
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Originally Posted by sccr64472
It doesn't look like there are any Intel boards with the Xpress 3200 chipset. If you want to run Crossfire, you might have to get a master card. I'll see if I can find any intel chipsets that don't need a master card. It wouldn't surprise me if there are some since there's been a lot of driver progress with Crossfire.
I really appreciate the help. Being that Intel has the more attractive prices, it's why I'm leaning towards building my 1st rig with them as the core.

Options do look limited though. The x1600's in a pair..would that even be fun?
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Dual X1600s would get less performance than a single X1800 or X1900, i believe.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Sam The Overclocker
Dual X1600s would get less performance than a single X1800 or X1900, i believe.
Well The dual X1600 will come close to a x1800 remember you can always OC.
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