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April 15, 2009 9:41:23 AM

What is the best combo for multiple GFX?

Is it GTX295x2? Is it HD48x0x2? OR maybe 3 single core GFX? Also is there a way to combine 4 GFX? Quad-Sli but with 4 single core cards?

Can you do one Nvidia and 2 ATI? Or Vice Versa?

These are things i want to know!

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a b U Graphics card
April 15, 2009 10:12:52 AM

Triple SLI and Triple Crossfire seem to work far better than quad anything from what I've read about it. But, it's been a few months since I researched it at all. Things may have changed...

No, you cannot mix ATI-based cards with nVIDIA-based cards. There are some cases where ATI owners have been able to install nVIDIA cards to function purely as GPU PhysX cards, but this works only in XP and Win7 beta, presently. Vista does not allow for the drivers for each to be installed.
a b U Graphics card
April 15, 2009 11:58:39 AM

^+1 for the triple-sli...
But it also majorly depends on the mobo chipset that you use...
Other than on a x58 mobo, triple-sli wont be better than a crossfire...
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April 15, 2009 3:08:10 PM

Can you have 3x gtx295 or 3x 4870x2? What's the best combination so far?
a b U Graphics card
April 15, 2009 5:26:22 PM

The BEST combo so far, will be Tri-fire GTX285, but take a look at tri-firing a 4870X2 with a 48701GB, it is rather cheap (for what youre getting) and also, only takes up two PCIe slots, which expands your motherboard choices alot.

I have a tri-fire setup, and it has done an admiral job for me.
April 16, 2009 7:01:50 PM

GTX285 is a single core gfx right? So you can get 3x gtx285? Also i read somewhere about 4870x2+4890, is that really an option? If this can be done, then this could be even better!
a b U Graphics card
April 16, 2009 7:31:29 PM

Yes, triple-SLI means three GTX285 cards. Yes, you can CrossFire a 4870X2 with a 4890. Most will say that when you don't match cards, the higher clocked cards will be downclocked to the level of the slowest in the pair/bunch. This is not always true. There have been some cases reported where the cards in mixed configurations retain all their original settings. Pretty much hit or miss with that one, as no one's debugged it.
April 16, 2009 7:37:05 PM

Any idea though as to which case would be better? I really cant wait to make the purchase and i'm between these two configurations.
a b U Graphics card
April 16, 2009 9:26:16 PM

Anything with a bottom mount PSU is advised. I have a CoolerMaster RC-690 and it works very well for my needs. Many people will recommend the Antec 900, or the newer version, the Antec 900-Two. Both are excellent, and with three cards, you should consider them due to their increased front air intake and large side vent (which can also support a fan).
April 17, 2009 9:27:17 AM

Actually this is tha Antec i love.

http://www.e-shop.gr/show_per.phtml?id=PER.808564

PSU is on the bottom, as you said, but i dont know if it could fit my asus delux along with 3 cards and still have a good airflow. What do you think? 900 is good and all, but this one really steals it for me. I really like the design of the performance 182.
a b U Graphics card
April 17, 2009 9:58:23 AM

They are attractive cases, but you will probably want something with side vents or side-fan(s) for a Tri-SLI setup. On a sectioned case like the 182, the area where the lower cards would be installed would become a bit of dead zone when it comes to airflow.
April 17, 2009 6:23:44 PM

Do you really think so? Cause i really love the design of the perfonce one series.

Is it an overall space problem or the lack of the side fans that doesnt make it as appropriate?
a b U Graphics card
April 17, 2009 6:41:29 PM

I use a coolermaster HAF and it keeps the airflow at all key areas very strong. I would say you may not "need" a side fan, but you will need some supporting in take for the lower portions of the case to give the cards some fresh air to breathe or they will be getting toasty for sure.

If you are spending this much cash on a video card setup certainly don't skimp on the case. That antec is a very snappy looking case.. my brother has one except he painted it and cut it up a bit for cable management.. however it doesnt provide all that much air flow compared to others. It is a very nice case for water cooling though, roomy and whatnot.

For air cooling I woudl recomend something like the Coolermaster HAF, Cosmos S, Antec P193. The antec p193 is pretty sharp looking.

If money really isnt that much of an issue, and style is really importnat, have a look at LIAN-LI, such as the PC-X2000B or a custom PC-P80
April 17, 2009 8:18:23 PM

Cosmos looks god as well, but is it really good? What's the difference betwenn p183 and 193 and the one i mentioned 182? They look almost the same but i cant distinguish the difference.

Lian Li are top of the line and they look good as well, especially the X200B, but it costs so much it makes you wanna cry! Plus it plaxes the PSU at the top instead of the bottom.
a b U Graphics card
April 18, 2009 4:05:10 AM

P193 has a huge 230mm side fan.
April 18, 2009 5:09:48 AM

RazberyBandit said:
P193 has a huge 230mm side fan.

The haf has front 230, side 230, and top 230.
Cooler master cases are built really well and have great customer support. You could not go wrong with wither the haf 932, cosmos, cosmos s, atcs 840. All have great cooling, plenty of room, and great build.
a b U Graphics card
April 18, 2009 5:12:41 AM

well he asked the diff between the 183 and 193... that's all I was pointing out =)
April 18, 2009 5:13:36 AM

Lol ok sorry. Kinda missed that.
a b U Graphics card
April 18, 2009 7:09:21 AM

The Cosmos S case is very attractive, and can be loaded with fans. ( I have 7 X 120mm fans in mine) Plus, you can use the giant 200mm fan for video card cooling, althought I took mine off and replaced that side of the case with a window.
April 18, 2009 1:47:41 PM

Guys seriously i love all of these cases (from an aesthetic point of view). Antec performance series/Cosmos and Lian Li. I just dont know under which criteria to look for to make my choice.

What would you do in my position?
April 18, 2009 2:23:44 PM

find the one which has the best cooling.
a b U Graphics card
April 18, 2009 4:11:25 PM

I don't really think you can go wrong with any of them. Get the cheapest one ?
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