OK here's my issue. Right now I have a bfg 8800gts 640. My plan was that when I decided that one of these wasn't good enough I would pick up another. Problem now is that when I recently switched over to Intel my new board won't support SLI only crossfire. SO, I was going to throw this one up on eBay and pick up two 3870's but then during my searching I discovered the 3870x2. So after that I searched again and could not find or completely understand what I did find so here's the question. Can I run 2 3870x2's on a p35 crossfire only board? Its not a crossfireX board. Asus p5k premium wifi. Will my mb see 2 gpu's or will it only see one even though its a x2 on a single card?
or just buy 1 GTX and call it a day. in my recent build i have a EVGA 8800GTX and it performs like a champion with Crysis. 100% lag free in all aspects of the game.
Could you please explain to me then why I have problems running it on High settings? If by 100% lag free you mean at most an average of 35fps at my native resolution at High settings? Let's not even mention Very High which looks considerably better, but plays considerably worse.
That's an interesting question. ATI's coming out with the dual GPU card first quarter 2008. Whether it will be seen as quad Crossfire or simply Crossfire should depend on the drivers. I'd think ATI would learn from Nvidia's mistake with the quad SLI fiasco.
One of Nvidia's highest end cards might be better than 2 3870's but we can't say whether it would be better than 2 3870 x2's in Crossfire. The card's not out yet, and it might take a few months afterwards for the drivers to be tweaked.
Nvidia will probably come out with their newest cards before ATI comes out with the R700. You might just want to wait with one card that you have instead of going Crossfire in January. IMHO, Crossfire might supplant SLI as the true single standard for dual cards because Intel's using it. SLI fans will be stuck with AMD processors, which many people don't want, so SLI might just die off gradually.
I'd love to see a single standard for dual cards where you could use ATI or Nvidia in any board, and where, in fact, you could use an Nvidia and ATI card together, with cooperative drivers. Just don't hold your breath.
Me, I'm a budget gamer waiting for hybrid Crossfire to mature. A 2nd generation 780G board with power saving features that can give at least 10% performance with a 3850 would work for me. At launch, hybrid Crossfire will only work with an X2400 or 3400 class card with no power saving implemented.