Hi All first time poster in Toms, long time reader.
I have a question for all the Hardware experts.
Here is my current setup:
Asus A8N-SLI Premium
AMD 4000 @ 2.64
2 gigs Corsair XMS CL2
Dual 7800 GTX (Non-SLI) run for 3 monitors during Flightsim
(these get split 8x 8x)
PC Power 510 @650 Peak
Dell 24 inch widescreen at 1920*1200
Dual Samsung 19' LCD's at 1280*1024
Dual Maxtor in Raid-0 Single Caviar as swap drive... http://home.comcast.net/~psolk/3monitorsa.html
Now, I have in front of me the A8N32-SLI Deluxe. Basically the same specs, same FSB BUT it would push my dual 7800 GTX, to be replaced with a 7900GTX/7800GTX combination as soon as NewEgg gets them in to a true 16x/16x.
I also have two gigs of the Corsair XMS 3500LL CL2 @433 to put in whichever board I decide to run. Both will support it.
So my question is this. Is it worth the upgrade? Not from a cost perspective but from a performance perspective. Is running both cards at 16X going to be a big difference? Especially considering I run 1920*1200?
I am assuming this would be a complete format of the array which would suck but if it is worth it I am more than willing. I doubt the drivers from one A8N NF4 mobo to another would work. I think the dual x16 boards use different drivers. I run dual boot with two seperate instances for XP one for FS completely modified with no services and one vanilla so I would have to reinstall XP 2x.
Looking forward to the advice.
Thanks in advance,
Thanks for the reply,
Yeah, I have been seeing that and wondering if it is still relevant to me if I do not run SLI. I am basically asking if a single PCIE 16x card is being throttled by running it at 8x or am I still getting enough bandwidth to it. The key is this isn't SLI so it is basically single PCIE 8x vs PCIE-16x. The second card is a mute point...
Also, any issues running the 3500LL at 1T on the A8N-SLI-Premium mobo?
Ugh, I wish I saw that before wasting your time. If it was November of 05 I would not have missed it but November of 04 only way I could have read it was on a plane for work
Well I know where someone can pick up an A8N32-SLI Deluxe and 2 gigs of Corsair XMS TwinX3200C2 for $200 I can even do another 2 gigs if someone needs... Half price if anyone wants em still in the box and then I can get my 700/1800 7900GTX if I can find it anywhere...