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Crossfire/SLI Motherboard

Tatey Avatar
9y, 6m agoPosted 9 years, 6 months ago
Im thinking of buying a new computer and obviously im wanting the most for my money so i've picked out all of the bit im wanting except for the graphics card as i have a little question for you's. The motherboard im wanting is the asus p5n-e ( http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/125082 ) which states that it is SLI ready, im wanting the motherboard to be SLI/Crossfire ready incase i have enough money to buy another graphics card at a later date.

The question i have is that if the motherboard states that it is SLI ready does that mean i could have 2 ATI card in crossfire mode or am i just limited to 2 nvidia cards in SLI?

Thanks
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9y, 6m agoPosted 9 years, 6 months ago
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#1
i just bought that, i think its brilliant, though you need good quality components to get the potential out of it, the only thing to be carefull is that if you are wanting to buy another hsf for you cpu, then you need to be careful when installing it as the northbridge heat sink takes up alot of space. Overclocking on this board is good too, I have a intel c2d E660 running @ 3.3Ghz and some PC6400 momory running @ 1140Mhz, i am unsure whether you can use ati cards in sli mode, i would also like to know this as i have an ati x1950pro in my system.
#2
By HSF for my cpu do you mean an aftermarket cpu fan (sorry i've just never heard anyone say HSF before). I was thinking of getting the following components:

Core 2 Duo - E6420 2.13Ghz 4mb cache (Supposed to be a good overclocker)
2GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2 667 CL4
ASUS P5N-E Motherboard (Supposed to be good at overclocking)
7950GT or 8600GT or x1950pro
250GB SATA Hard Drive
Hyper 580 Watt Modular PSU
HP Lightscribe DVD RW Drive

For a budget of £500. I already have a case and a sound card with a 22" monitor and 5.1 surround sound. Meaning that i should be all set for uni in a years time.
#3
No it's not Crossfire compatible so you're limited to NVIDIA if you want two cards I'm afraid.

Personally I'd go for a single ATI x2xxx or NVIDIA 8xxx series rather than dual anything cheaper for the DX10 compatibility if you're serious about games......which by the look of that spec you are.
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Tatey
By HSF for my cpu do you mean an aftermarket cpu fan (sorry i've just never heard anyone say HSF before).


HSF = Heat Sink Fan.

As for the rest, I'm pretty useless!
#5
I think i'll go with the 8600GTS then as it supports DX 10 and at the moment my budget doesnt allow for a card more expensive than around £150 which rules out the x2xxx cards.

Thanks for your help.
#6
Tatey
By HSF for my cpu do you mean an aftermarket cpu fan (sorry i've just never heard anyone say HSF before). I was thinking of getting the following components:

Core 2 Duo - E6420 2.13Ghz 4mb cache (Supposed to be a good overclocker)
2GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2 667 CL4
ASUS P5N-E Motherboard (Supposed to be good at overclocking)
7950GT or 8600GT or x1950pro
250GB SATA Hard Drive
Hyper 580 Watt Modular PSU
HP Lightscribe DVD RW Drive

For a budget of £500. I already have a case and a sound card with a 22" monitor and 5.1 surround sound. Meaning that i should be all set for uni in a years time.

Honestly you are better off withe the E660, the value: performance is a bit better and you are better off with DDR2 800 since your board can take it so you might as well not waste it and it isnt that much more expensive with @ least 2 gb and then u can run them in dual channel mode, i have the same PSU as that and im telling you that rthe fan is literally silent, i cant hear it at all. And also if you are doing teh google check out thing you might want to buy some things seperatly in 2 orders, i.e. you might want to buy your ram in 2 x 1gb orders.
#7
I've read quite a few reviews stating there is the tiniest performance difference between DDR2 667 and DDR2 800 meaning that the money you put into it just isnt justified for the upgrade. Also i can overclock the E6420 to the standard of the E6600 seeing how the E6420 has a 4mb cache the same as the E6600.
#8
Tatey
I've read quite a few reviews stating there is the tiniest performance difference between DDR2 667 and DDR2 800 meaning that the money you put into it just isnt justified for the upgrade. Also i can overclock the E6420 to the standard of the E6600 seeing how the E6420 has a 4mb cache the same as the E6600.


Well in the end its your money you can just spend it on what you want, i didnt realise that ebuyer had put the price up for the E660 again, but as for the memory, theres about £15 difference for 2gb between the 667 and 800, if you are going to run it @ stock then the 800 can clock to a 1:1 fsb:memory ratio so it "wont slow your computer down". With the c2d you would want memory which is running @ speeds of your fsb. but basically the ddr2 667 in dual channel mode can transfer aprrox 11 GB/s the ddr 800 can transfer aprrox 13 GB/s but if you clock 800 to around 1100Mhz then you can get around 18 Gb/s, if you plan on overclocking then you may as well spen a bit more on the memory, you really can see the difference in some applications and i dont just mean benchmarking ones, if you do get the 800 and clock it, you will see differences just like if you over clock your cpu, in some applications i.e. converting some videos into dvd, where the speed depends on memory bandwidth as well as cpu speed, i experienced a 10%(ish) decrease in time when i was converting.

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