I currently have an Visiontek hd 5850. Sometime after xmas I intend on building an entirely new system, keeping my video card. ATI's website tells me that I can run an HD 5850, and 5870 in crossfirex together. What do you guys think about this opposed to a 5850 and a 5850.
The faster card will slow down to match the speed of the slower card, so putting a 5870 with a 5850 is absolutely fine, it will work, but there is no advantage over 2-5850's. You are simply wasting your money on the higher end card.
So if someone found themselves with a 5870 and a 5850. You would put the 5870 on the top and have your monitor cables out of this one. Its a curiosity , common sense type question ? With both sli and crossfire do you always have your cables out of the top monitor ?