I am getting ready to purchase all the components for my build and I have switched back to ATI because the prices of nVidia cards are not declining as much as I'd like them to.
But anywho, I was wondering if I could do 3 way Crossfire on this motherboard. It says 4 PCIe 2.0 x16 so that means it can handle 3 video cards right?
It says tri-cross fire @ x16 / x8 / x8, it wont be using all 16 lanes across the 2nd and 3rd boards, but x16 vs x8 some say is negligible. Crossfire is meant to work with 2, 3, or 4 boards. It should work as long as your PSU is strong enough.
There are no motherboards that will do Tri-Crossfire with all three cards running at X16. Anytime you go over two cards Crossfire will be cut back to X8 no matter which board you buy. The Asus board will run 3 or 4 cards in Crossfire but at X8.
w153r is completely correct. I use the board with two 4870's in Crossfire and it works great and does work with the Phemom and with BIOS 504 or 602 will work with the new Phenom II 940 or 920 and will also work with the Phenom II AM3 cpus when they come out as well but only with DDR2 memory. One point on this board, if you get one I suggest you DO NOT use Corsair memory on the board. It is listed on the Asus web site as fully supported by the board but many, many people are having problems getting it to work. You don't have to take my word for it, just go to the Asus support forum for the board and read the storys yourself. Some users are going thru 3 to 4 sets of memory before finding a set that will pass memtest on the board.
Sapphire has 2 years warranty. Asus has 3. Visiontech is supposed to be lifetime. I've heard visiontech doesn't always find a way to void that, but they try like hell. I would do Sapphire or Asus or even Powercolor for my next ATI card.