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OK, I'll be getting a second Gigabyte 5870 very soon, and I wanted to know what the procedure was for setting up CrossFire. I will also be getting a new motherboard, RAM, i5 2500k, and SSD. I'm not at home, so I can't see exactly what BIOS my current 5870 has, but I assume you need to have both cards having the same BIOS?

I was thinking I'd find out what BIOS I have on my current card, then swap cards while I'm still on my old rig, and then update that new card's BIOS to the same. But when I build my new SB rig, how do I set it up? I'm totally new to multiple GPU's so be gentle.
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First off, congratz on your first time crossfire build. As for the procedure for setting them up, it is really easy. Plug in both cards, connect them to the psu, connect them together using a crossfire bridge, and start up the computer. Then just go into ccc, make sure the crossfire setting is enabled and configure your display settings to taste. Its just that simple. You might want to update drivers as well.

As for matching bios, it doesn't matter. Actually, they don't even need to be the same cards. You can crossfire any 5000 series cards together regardless of clocks or bios. For example I could crossfire together a 5850 and a 5970 or a 5870 clocked to 800 and another 5870 clocked to 900. As long as they are 5000 series, it will work. I hope this helps. Have fun with your crossfire 5870s. I know I love them.
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First off, congratz on your first time crossfire build. As for the procedure for setting them up, it is really easy. Plug in both cards, connect them to the psu, connect them together using a crossfire bridge, and start up the computer. Then just go into ccc, make sure the crossfire setting is enabled and configure your display settings to taste. Its just that simple. You might want to update drivers as well.

As for matching bios, it doesn't matter. Actually, they don't even need to be the same cards. You can crossfire any 5000 series cards together regardless of clocks or bios. For example I could crossfire together a 5850 and a 5970 or a 5870 clocked to 800 and another 5870 clocked to 900. As long as they are 5000 series, it will work. I hope this helps. Have fun with your crossfire 5870s. I know I love them.
And then do I connect my displays to the uppermost card? I know this sounds incredibly noobish, but I'm new to it.
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And then do I connect my displays to the uppermost card? I know this sounds incredibly noobish, but I'm new to it.
Yes connect all your displays to one card... and what omnius said is overall true...however he should have stated that anything in the 5800 series of GPUs(which includes the 5970, stupid product marketing idea) will Crossfire with your gpu..the 5700, and 5500 series will not... just have to be in the same series...The only thing that will allow GPU load sharing across series and even between gpu makers(nvidia and AMD) would be a motherboard with a lucid hydra chipset...
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