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Well, I waisted 120 bucks upgrading my mobo so I could try and run my new gpu with my old 5830. Installed everything and it all went fine. I got Hydra on the board working wich allows a combination of any two gpus to work together. Here is a slight real world gaming benchmarks I have done to compare if it is what it says it is. The build used to test it is my sig build.

Without hydra only Radeon 6950:
Crysis at max settings - 60-80 FPS with avg of 70FPS
BFBC2/vietnam max settings- 95-110 (heavy fight 80FPS)
Starcraft 2 max settings - 60-70 FPS


WITH Hydra enabled and Radeon 6950 with a GTS 460/Radeon 5830
Crysis at max settings - 75-95 FPS with avg of 70FPS
BFBC2/vietnam max settings- 100-115 (heavy fight 70FPS)
Starcraft 2 max settings - 40-55 FPS

When I did the hydra tests I used a nvidia card then swapped it out for a different AMD card to give the test a fair chance and to test x-mode vs
a-mode. I also tried a combination of all different drivers old and new. I could tell imiedatly what is holding this technology back is new drivers always being released from the two gpu companies along with new gpus. Lucid Hydra struggles to keep up with new driver versions for hydra to keep it working and supporting latest games and gpu combos.

These are not the only games I tested, just the only ones I got to use both gpu's. Most games I played would only load and use one GPU, the 6950. They say it supports my gpu combos and games but my tests say different. I called tech support to see if the error was on my end and they said everything is done how it should and they dont know why I dont see more of a increase. That was MSI's tech I am still waiting reply from Lucid.

My conclusion is that the technology will be awsome if it ever gets past infancy stage needs lot more development. It took me forever to try all angles and when I finally got it wrking there is minamal increase in FPS not justifying the time I spent to setup. I am now disabling the hydra and sticking with my 6950. My advice is wait untill Lucid developes stronger drivers and tech, untill then spend that cash on a SLI/crossfire mobo. Hope this has helped some people. Will do review again in few months when better drivers come out.
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I'm not surprised you're losing performance with the two cards. The original Lucid Hydra was absolute bullcrap.
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