SLI and Crossfire

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  1. Repentinus

    Repentinus New Member

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    Where is a good place to go to check out the differences and capabilities for SLI and Crossfire motherboards? I'm starting to envision the next computer I want to build and it involves dual video cards. But before I can start planning on what to use I need to get more info on exactly what I will need.

    Thanks, :bigthumb:
     
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    Anandtech has one of the first reviews of ATi's crossfire design, but it looks pretty iffy to me still. A lot of basic measurements (like AA and AF) were not included in the test. But it's damn fast for the money, if ATi could ever get the drivers to work.
    The best bet right now would be NVIDIA because it's actually on the market and it works. Add to the fact that they have the fastest card on the market (7800GTX and 7800GT) with the best features, and the answer spells itself out.
     
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    1 7800GT card is better than either of the two card solutions for now and as cheap.
     
  4. lowfat

    lowfat 24/Mac/SciFi/PC Crew OT Supporter

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    FYI ATI's drivers are far better than nVidia's.
    I do also believe that crossfire will be a better dual videocard platform however, there videocards are a bit behind in the technology at the moment. So until the release of ATI's new lineup, I would have to say SLI.
     
  5. CyberBullets

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    the only reason SLI > Crossfire right now is cause NVidia bought out 3dfx who originally came up with the idea of SLI (Dual Voodoo 2's anyone?)

    Give ATI 6-8 months and they will easily be able to smoke NVidia again.
     
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    Well, the only advantage of Crossfire over SLI at the moment, is that you can mix and match cards.
     
  7. lowfat

    lowfat 24/Mac/SciFi/PC Crew OT Supporter

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    not entirely corret. both cards need to have to be the same for most parts. The only thing that can differ is manufacturers and the clocks of the card. If the Master card is a X850XT, the slave card has to be an X850XT.
     
  8. Repentinus

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    So basically Nvidia is making SLI and ATI is going to make Crossfire?

    Which means I can only use Nvidia cards in SLI and ATI cards in Crossfire, correct?
     
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    ATI's SLI is called Crossfire.. same logic though.
     
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    incorrect. while both dual card setups, crossfire and SLI do very little the same, see AFR.
     
  11. jag6984

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    Pretty much.

    The big reason why I support SLI is that it actually works and is on the market now. ATI is notorious for hyping a product and never fully delivering, or delivering with shitty drivers at launch. Besides, a 7800GT is the best bet in terms of high end performance right now.
     

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