Hi there, i know this is just another one of those, two cards against each other.
But i'm curious towards how much of a difference it has on these cards, if you pick one that ventilates out of the case, and one that does not.
Today i have an x1900xtx, uses alot of power, and runs hot and is noisy, my case isn't very good ventilated, but i do have an 120mm slow fan as an exhaust.
So if my plan is to go crossfire in like 6 months or so when the price on the second card has dropped, would it be better to spend some extra money on a card that ventilates out of the case, or will these new chips not run hot enough for that to be an issue, even if i add a second one later on?
Can a computer, if allowed to turn off a hardware device if not used, turn off a graphics card in crossfire if only one is being used while not gaming, to save power?
What kinda hardware would i be mating one of these new cards with.
I've got an i7-920, 3gb triple channel ddr3, some hdd's, and that's about it.
thanks in advance for any information that'll answer these questions.
I guess if your case isn't well ventilated and you want to crossfire then getting cards that ventilate out of the case is a good call.
As for the power saving issue I wouldn't worry about it too much. These cards are extremely power efficient at idle(~15w)