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ECS P45T-A Black Series, SLI and CrossFire???

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October 19, 2008 3:26:41 PM

The mobo I am looking at is the ECS P45T-A. It has 2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots. I am still not sure if I want to crossfire two his iceq4 hd 4850 turbo or evga 9800gtx+. While reading some of the comments on newegg, I was that someone used this mobo to sli 9800gx2. I thought this mobo was only crossfire compatible. Can someone clarify. Also if you use it to crossfire (or maybe sli) does it run the two lanes at x8?

I am trying to find a mobo that I can crossfire two hd 4850's with the both lanes at x16 and still be as cheap as the ASUS P5N-D nForce 750i or the EVGA nForce 750i FTW which run both lanes at x16 in sli I believe. The price on the nforce 750i sli mobos is around $150.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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October 19, 2008 4:06:00 PM

It's only crossfire compatible. It will be able to run the 9800gx2, but not sli it. When in crossfire, it will put both slots at x8 instead of x16. This won't make a difference though, because 1) x8 2.0 is the equivalent of x16 because 2.0 has double the bandwidth and... 2) You won't see any difference in performance running x16 instead of x16 2.0. The only card that might be limited by bandwidth would be the 4870x2. The P45 is a good chipset, but I'd recommend getting one from a different company.
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October 19, 2008 4:51:31 PM

Yes, the P5Q Pro is a good choice.
October 20, 2008 2:57:33 AM

What is better 9800gtx+ sli on ASUS P5N-D nForce 750i (which I believe has both lanes at x16 even when in sli, correct me if I am wrong) or his iceq4 turbo hd 4850 crossfire on ASUS P5Q Pro(x8/x8)? I mean gaming performance wise. I think the P5Q Pro might remove any performance advantage the hd 4850 might have in crossfire over the 9800gtx+ in sli.

750i
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

P5Q Pro
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 9800gtx+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HIS Iceq4 hd 4850 turbo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Note: The HIS hd 4850 turbo I listed is not the same as the turboX. The only difference is the turboX has an overclock while the turbo sticks to stock speeds. Both the 9800gtx+ and the hd 4850 are $160 after rebates but even if the prices change I want the focus to be on performance.
October 20, 2008 8:02:29 PM

What games are you going to be playing? One might be better than the other based on what games you're playing.
October 20, 2008 9:49:30 PM

FPS and RTS. Examples Crysis, Far Cry 2 when it comes out, World in Conflict, Empire Total War when it comes out, etc.

But my question is more general. Wouldn't the 750i be more similar to the x48 or x38 with its pci-e 2.0 x16 in both lanes even in sli (please correct me if I am wrong)? So on average the sli build would be better.

LOL. Newegg changed the hd 4850 to a overclocked version and increased the price but still kept the same html. But lets still talk about it as if it was at stock speeds. HD 4850 crossfire on p45 vs. 9800gtx+ sli on 750i.
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