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July 4, 2008 12:09:29 AM

I have two hd4850s in my hand....

I have a p5q deluxe, thus if I want to run this in crossfire I would have to sacrifice 16x speeds. With some games not taking advantage of crossfire I would assume those games in crossfire would actually be worse in performance than a single 4850. My question is how much of a hit would I take with games that do not take advantage of crossfire.

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July 4, 2008 12:11:27 AM

what resolution are you playing at first?

I know somebody posted the links to the sites that have reviewed this issue b4, i thought it was like less than 10-5%

Not a huge deal if you think about it....
July 4, 2008 12:22:31 AM

FrozenGpu said:
what resolution are you playing at first?

I know somebody posted the links to the sites that have reviewed this issue b4, i thought it was like less than 10-5%

Not a huge deal if you think about it....

its a 22 inch samsung native rez at 1680 x 1050.
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July 4, 2008 12:37:46 AM

fchowd0696 said:
its a 22 inch samsung native rez at 1680 x 1050.


if u search this forum for like P45 or something similar u will find those charts that show what i was talking about, unless of course u play FSX, and only really that then the frame rate loss is pretty small...

To be brutally honest, I wouldn't be bothered by it too much, b/c it doesn't have the impact say a 4x slot would have, which is quite noticeable, this is much less noticeable, so go ahead!
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July 4, 2008 4:21:23 AM

I think it's almost a total non- issue. Crossfire HD4850 would be even better, but look how 8800GTS 512MB SLI performs the same on a 750i SLI (8x/8x) as on 780i SLI (16x/16x):
http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/evga_nforce_750i_sl...

I researched this when buying a mobo for 8800GT SLI plans and found little to no difference in the reviews I could find. So I decided to save money and buy a 650i vs 680i at the time. Eventually this should change, but not sure if we are even really there yet with GTX 280 SLI in current games.
July 4, 2008 4:41:22 AM

If you've already got the cards and the board, don't sweat it. It looks like at worst it'll give you a 10%ish decrease in performance (compared to dual x16 links), but probably not for most instances. It shouldn't really perform worse than a single 4850 almost ever.
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July 4, 2008 4:43:23 AM

dirtmountain said:
Tweaktowns article on this
http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/1472/intel_p45_vs_x48...

I have a hard time believing there is such a difference (edit: just from 8x vs 16x) with crossfire 4850's when SLI shows zero difference at 19x12 4xaa even. Very strange yet interesting results I would like to explore this or see it explored in depth.


Here is the techspot 650i/680i comparison with 8800GTX SLI:
http://www.techspot.com/review/45-nvidia-nforce-650i-sl...
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July 4, 2008 4:57:26 AM

I agree with you Pauldh, it seemed a much bigger hit then it should take. I just can't find much more info on it though. My bet is that is will a very small effect.
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July 4, 2008 5:01:46 AM

Only other P45 vs X48 crossfire I have seen was HD3870's and low res..... nothing that could challenge techspots findings.


Imagine if it proves to be an accurate picture!!! If it is true, forget 8x/8x crossfire HD48x0 series.
July 4, 2008 5:32:33 AM

Also the P45 boards use second gen PCI-e which, in theory, have twice the bandwidth so you'll still, again in theory, be getting x16 first gen speeds on each port. Since the 4850 can't fully saturate a first gen PCI-e X16 slot I think it won't effect your performance.

Edit: At resolutions you can actually play at the 4850 can't saturate a first gen x16 port.
July 4, 2008 9:42:56 AM

JDocs said:
Also the P45 boards use second gen PCI-e which, in theory, have twice the bandwidth so you'll still, again in theory, be getting x16 first gen speeds on each port. Since the 4850 can't fully saturate a first gen PCI-e X16 slot I think it won't effect your performance.

Edit: At resolutions you can actually play at the 4850 can't saturate a first gen x16 port.


See that's the thing, it really doesn't saturate it as much as PCI-Express 1.0 did, well running 8x/8x mode as opposed to 16x/16x.
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