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Not very optimal going dual cards on a 4x PCIE lane.That leaves AMD Eyefinity-an unlockable 6950 or 6970 will do it just fine unless you expect to max out Metro2033.
Why wouldn't it be optimal?

What's the difference from other motherboards?

And if I get the 6950 and don't unlock it, would it still be a decent card? I don't want to get involved with artifacts, etc.
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After looking at a bunch of reviews, it looks like the 6950 is worthless unless I luckily get a good card and flash it to a 6970.

So I'm deciding between the GTX 570 and the HD 6970 right now.

Which one should I get? With my mobo, if I get the GTX 570, I can't decide to SLI it later. But with the 6970, I can crossfire it later, right? Is that possible with my motherboard?

Or should I just get a 5870 to crossfire with my 5850? Reviews show that its not even too far behind the 570 and 6970.
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Chance to unlock shaders is extremely high.
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post #14 of 20
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Does my motherboard even support hybrid crossfire? I can't tell.
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I am in the same boat as you, my 5850 is not enough so I need to upgrade. After days of thinking and forum stalking I've realized that most people that have a dual GPU setup wish they had stayed with a single GPU setup. Yes on paper dual GPU setups sound awesome but I'm hearing too many stories of micro-stuttering, driver issues, games not supporting multiple GPUs, and other issues to even bother with it now. I have my mind set on getting a 580 since it's the most powerful single GPU card out now, I don't care for any particular side (green vs. red) I just go where the performance is. Personally I think it all comes down to how much money you are willing to shell out on a card, and if you think the money is worth the power you'll get out of the card. We all want the best performance but the only limiting factor is money... think about it, if you were a millionaire I'm sure you would build yourself a $50,000+ rig because you have the funds to do so. Just stick to your budget and get the best performing card you can afford. When I built my rig a few months ago I had a limited budget so I could only afford the 5850, because it was the best card I could get within my budget... yes I wish I could have gotten a more powerful card but money was the limiting factor. Now it's tax season an I'm getting back a hefty return so 580 here I come!! If a 580 is within your buget then by all means get it because it would be a huge upgrade from a 5850. Here are some benches to help you out. Plus you can compair any GPU you want with this tool.
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Unless you're literally a multi-millionaire, I don't see how you can justify buying a 580. Its real world performance gain over the 570 or 6970 is very little and its several hundreds more.

Anyway, could anyone tell me if my motherboard supports hybrid crossfire? It doesn't specifically say.
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Wanting the best is justification enough for me.
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Unless you're literally a multi-millionaire, I don't see how you can justify buying a 580. Its real world performance gain over the 570 or 6970 is very little and its several hundreds more.

Anyway, could anyone tell me if my motherboard supports hybrid crossfire? It doesn't specifically say.
No, just normal crossfire but 2nd pcie slot is x4 so not really recommended.
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I just picked up a HD 6950 2GB for $260 (mail in rebate) - I think it is best bang for the buck IMO besides the GTX 560. I felt like going red this time after being green all along. So far I am having a blast. I got a 9800 GTX+ if I feel like some physx - although highly doubt it. And, my card is completely stock.
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post #20 of 20
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No, just normal crossfire but 2nd pcie slot is x4 so not really recommended.
Does that mean the card on the x4 slot would be severely crippled in performance?
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