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How to setup Hybrid Crossfire

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April 30, 2009 7:27:11 AM

Hi, i have the Asus M4A78 PRO motherboard, it says Hybrid crossfire on the box, but i dont know how to use it :( 

i have the ATI 4870 512mb.

please help, i honestly never done this before, would i need to go into bios and enable something? or is it drivers i need to download, i believe i have an integrated 3200 or 3100 on the motherboard.

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April 30, 2009 7:29:25 AM

the rest of my System Specs are :

Phenom II 940 @ 3.0ghz
OCZ Reaper Hpc 2x2gb 1066mhz
Corsair Tx750w PSU
WD 320gb 16mb
Asus Xonar dx soundcard.

if you need to know.
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April 30, 2009 2:58:21 PM

^+1 Yes it does not show any beneffits when using hd4870 since your hd4870 is so much more powerful than the actual on board chip.

April 30, 2009 3:02:24 PM

oh thanks guy i guess il give up trying to set it up hahahha xD, dammit this feels disappointing
April 30, 2009 3:06:57 PM

Dont be disappointed.
You have a good system have fun with it.

April 30, 2009 3:21:11 PM

lol your right actually, but i was hoping to get more performance out of what i already have xD, there are a few games that are coming out like starcraft 2, and i wanna be able to play them all maxed out! so im doing all i to prepare =)
April 30, 2009 3:28:16 PM

I have similar setup but I run my CPU at 3.515GHz - stock voltage, I have same PSU, and my RAM is 2x2 4GB G.Skill @ 1066.

You can always get another hd4870 in future for crossfire, if your mobo supports it.

That is what I did.

May 1, 2009 3:38:07 AM

haha thats the problem xD my mobo doesnt support crossfire :(  so i will only plan on getting single card upgrades
May 1, 2009 3:50:34 AM

hybrid crossfire isnt worth it. besides, you have quite an awesome rig.. **jealousy**

as for upgrades, you can still get a dual GPU solution
May 1, 2009 5:28:24 AM

haha dont be jealous, im only 17 :)  and i dont have a job lol :( .

i need to get one soon, then id have the BEST rig eva!!!!!! planning on working this summer 4 sum moneeeee! :D 

May 1, 2009 5:08:06 PM

From what I understand about hybrid crossfire is that your onboard graphics is used for non intensive task like desktop, surfing, utube videos etc, etc, and when you switch to more intensive task such as gaming, etc, etc, it will switch it to your add on graphics card thus saving power & heat & may prolong the life of your add on card.
May 1, 2009 5:33:17 PM

Yeah but there are performance hits when using together with HD48xx cards.
It's preferable if you us it with the 3xxx series.