5850 16x->16x or 16x->4x Crossfire

Through a rather large oversight on my part, I noticed too late that the PCI-E slot on the Asus P6T MB is right between the two 16x slots. This is a problem, because I planned to use that PCI-E slot for a Creative SB X-FI Titanium sound card and the 5850 takes up two slots, thus covering up the PCI-E slot.

So my options at this point are to just use on-board sound (Gross), or put one of the 5850's in a 4x slot.

Which is worse?

I'll be running it on a single display at 2560x1600
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  1. Use the onboard audio. It's not as gross as you think it is. They've come a long way int eh past 5 years.

    You'd easily notice the drop more with the reduced video bandwidth than with any reduced audio clarity.
  2. http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/HD_5870_PCI-Express_Scaling/25.html

    check this out...5% performance loss on one card, or onboard sound...you choose.
  3. Cupcakus said:
    Through a rather large oversight on my part, I noticed too late that the PCI-E slot on the Asus P6T MB is right between the two 16x slots. This is a problem, because I planned to use that PCI-E slot for a Creative SB X-FI Titanium sound card and the 5850 takes up two slots, thus covering up the PCI-E slot.

    So my options at this point are to just use on-board sound (Gross), or put one of the 5850's in a 4x slot.

    Which is worse?

    I'll be running it on a single display at 2560x1600


    I've decided that the P6T is just not worth it, and will return it. I ordered a P6T Deluxe V2 in it's stead, which will include 3 16x slots and puts the PCI-E slot where it belongs, out of the way.
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