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graphics card prefixes, whats the difference?

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March 24, 2013 3:22:34 PM

what's the difference, e.g MSI ati 7770 and HIS 7770, are they the companies that make them and can you xfire two different ones or do they have to be exactly the same?

thanks in advance, sorry new to computer talk lol.
a b U Graphics card
March 24, 2013 3:28:58 PM

You can crossfire two different ones

They are made by different companies using the same AMD 7770 chips
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a b U Graphics card
March 24, 2013 3:29:29 PM

cavemantech said:
what's the difference, e.g MSI ati 7770 and HIS 7770, are they the companies that make them and can you xfire two different ones or do they have to be exactly the same?

thanks in advance, sorry new to computer talk lol.


The prefix is the company that makes the card.
The companies do not matter. You can crossfire 2 different companies 7770's.
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a b U Graphics card
March 24, 2013 3:32:42 PM

The number is what's important. If you want to crossfire (put two of them together) you will need 2 7770s. MSI, EVGA, POWERCOLOR, SAPPHIRE, GALAXY, these are all brands. It doesn't matter what brand it is, it just has to be 2 7770s.
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a b U Graphics card
March 24, 2013 3:32:50 PM

Those are just the name of the manufacturers. The actual prefixes of the cards currently for Nvidia are GT, GTX and for AMD are just HD. Anything else is irrelevant besides the actualy GPU Name, which would be 7770 in this case. So, while those cards are named as such, they are all HD 7770's.

Also: You CAN Crossfire two of the same GPU model (7770) from different manufacturers. As long as it is a type of 7770 it is compatible.

Here's a chart you might want to look at: http://sites.amd.com/PublishingImages/Public/Graphic_Il...

Lastly: If you plan on crossfire 7770's I would just spend more and get a single 7870 or 7950 (or an equivalent Nvidia card). Less of a hassle with just one card.
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March 24, 2013 3:36:48 PM

stickmansam said:
You can crossfire two different ones

They are made by different companies using the same AMD 7770 chips



can mix a 2gb and 1gb card aswell? and dont mean to backtrack sam but in my last question about the mobos you said look at a 990fx, i have but cant afford all the other components to make my own pc, so will the gigabyte prebuild i linked work fine for a crossfire even if its not as upto date? many thanks guys :) 
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a b U Graphics card
March 24, 2013 3:43:08 PM

cavemantech said:
stickmansam said:
You can crossfire two different ones

They are made by different companies using the same AMD 7770 chips



can mix a 2gb and 1gb card aswell? and dont mean to backtrack sam but in my last question about the mobos you said look at a 990fx, i have but cant afford all the other components to make my own pc, so will the gigabyte prebuild i linked work fine for a crossfire even if its not as upto date? many thanks guys :) 


You can use 1gb and 2gb cards but they will only use 1gb in CFX

Those two mb's are not reccomened for CFX as they only run pcie 2.0x4 on the second slot
With the 7770's it should not suffer too much of an impact though

I would get this build I linked you previously as it has the same mb as the gigabyte prebuilt but runs an 7850

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March 24, 2013 3:45:52 PM

mclovits said:
Those are just the name of the manufacturers. The actual prefixes of the cards currently for Nvidia are GT, GTX and for AMD are just HD. Anything else is irrelevant besides the actualy GPU Name, which would be 7770 in this case. So, while those cards are named as such, they are all HD 7770's.

Also: You CAN Crossfire two of the same GPU model (7770) from different manufacturers. As long as it is a type of 7770 it is compatible.

Here's a chart you might want to look at: http://sites.amd.com/PublishingImages/Public/Graphic_Il...

Lastly: If you plan on crossfire 7770's I would just spend more and get a single 7870 or 7950 (or an equivalent Nvidia card). Less of a hassle with just one card.


thanks for the extra bit of info :)  I would but im kinda budget bound atm, this is the prebuild im looking at as i dont have the skills to build my own pc from scratch:

http://www.freshtechsolutions.co.uk/custom-built-comput...


was just asking about crossfire as a cheap upgrade in the future, as 7770's seem to be cheap compared to everything else out atm and the motherboard says its xfire capable, so if i needed to upgrade in say 6 months or a year i could just go buy another 7770 for £60 or less. :) 
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March 24, 2013 3:48:26 PM

stickmansam said:
cavemantech said:
stickmansam said:
You can crossfire two different ones

They are made by different companies using the same AMD 7770 chips



can mix a 2gb and 1gb card aswell? and dont mean to backtrack sam but in my last question about the mobos you said look at a 990fx, i have but cant afford all the other components to make my own pc, so will the gigabyte prebuild i linked work fine for a crossfire even if its not as upto date? many thanks guys :) 


You can use 1gb and 2gb cards but they will only use 1gb in CFX

Can you refresh my memory? :p 


http://www.freshtechsolutions.co.uk/custom-built-comput...


thanks mate, not used to friendly forums like this lol, too much time spent on console multiplayer hate forums xD
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a b U Graphics card
March 24, 2013 3:53:40 PM

cavemantech said:
mclovits said:
Those are just the name of the manufacturers. The actual prefixes of the cards currently for Nvidia are GT, GTX and for AMD are just HD. Anything else is irrelevant besides the actualy GPU Name, which would be 7770 in this case. So, while those cards are named as such, they are all HD 7770's.

Also: You CAN Crossfire two of the same GPU model (7770) from different manufacturers. As long as it is a type of 7770 it is compatible.

Here's a chart you might want to look at: http://sites.amd.com/PublishingImages/Public/Graphic_Il...

Lastly: If you plan on crossfire 7770's I would just spend more and get a single 7870 or 7950 (or an equivalent Nvidia card). Less of a hassle with just one card.


thanks for the extra bit of info :)  I would but im kinda budget bound atm, this is the prebuild im looking at as i dont have the skills to build my own pc from scratch:

http://www.freshtechsolutions.co.uk/custom-built-comput...


was just asking about crossfire as a cheap upgrade in the future, as 7770's seem to be cheap compared to everything else out atm and the motherboard says its xfire capable, so if i needed to upgrade in say 6 months or a year i could just go buy another 7770 for £60 or less. :) 


I understand. For the record though. Build it yourself. You'll gain the experience as you go. In fact, it's quite easy, and after just 5 builds I can do it in a matter of hours (probably faster if I wasn't such a perfectionist haha). I would highly recommend it, the people on these forums enjoy helping new builders out, you could PM me if you really wanted to.
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a b U Graphics card
March 24, 2013 4:01:18 PM

NCIX has their people build a system to near perfection in 24-30 mins :p 

DIY is totally fun though :) 
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March 24, 2013 4:03:43 PM

mclovits said:
cavemantech said:
mclovits said:
Those are just the name of the manufacturers. The actual prefixes of the cards currently for Nvidia are GT, GTX and for AMD are just HD. Anything else is irrelevant besides the actualy GPU Name, which would be 7770 in this case. So, while those cards are named as such, they are all HD 7770's.

Also: You CAN Crossfire two of the same GPU model (7770) from different manufacturers. As long as it is a type of 7770 it is compatible.

Here's a chart you might want to look at: http://sites.amd.com/PublishingImages/Public/Graphic_Il...

Lastly: If you plan on crossfire 7770's I would just spend more and get a single 7870 or 7950 (or an equivalent Nvidia card). Less of a hassle with just one card.


thanks for the extra bit of info :)  I would but im kinda budget bound atm, this is the prebuild im looking at as i dont have the skills to build my own pc from scratch:

http://www.freshtechsolutions.co.uk/custom-built-comput...


was just asking about crossfire as a cheap upgrade in the future, as 7770's seem to be cheap compared to everything else out atm and the motherboard says its xfire capable, so if i needed to upgrade in say 6 months or a year i could just go buy another 7770 for £60 or less. :) 


I understand. For the record though. Build it yourself. You'll gain the experience as you go. In fact, it's quite easy, and after just 5 builds I can do it in a matter of hours (probably faster if I wasn't such a perfectionist haha). I would highly recommend it, the people on these forums enjoy helping new builders out, you could PM me if you really wanted to.

I think ill buy a prebuild and then make a better one when i have some more money just in case I mess up haha, its just i hear you can mess components up really easy like static and things, i wouldnt mind if it was cheaper, but if i bust a processor worth a couple hundred it wouldn't be too great, what does it involve anyway? soldering or just clip ins and connections?, and ill be sure to pm you if and when i build one :) , also if im going too off topic can someone just say, i know some forums and stuff hate the topic going from one to another and asking too many questions. :) 
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a b U Graphics card
March 24, 2013 4:26:52 PM

cavemantech said:
stickmansam said:
Just basically clip in's and slot in's

here is an short guide

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2011/04/how-to-build-you...


thanks again :)  im feeling like i want to try it now lol



I can respect that, I'm just saying, building one will be faster and it's really easy. And static does nothing, as you are in contact with the case a majority of the time, it's just a precautionary thing. But it's your choice.
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