AMD any better at gaming because 16x/16x SLI?

I decided to use CrossFireX or SLI for my computer in the future, saves me a couple hundred bucks on a new computer.

AMD motherboards carry 3 PCI-E slots, two of which are 16X. even for a cheap price.
Thats impossible to find in Intel motherboards, most are 16x/8x or 4x. Atleast under $220.

So are AMD computers that much better at gaming, 8x on one side so 25% on FPS and benchmarks?
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  1. Unless you use the fastest video cards, 8x or 16x makes no difference. SLI on an AMD platform implies an NVidia chipset.
  2. Aren't they bandwidth?
    How could that not make a difference, 8x and 16x, are you serious?
  3. Because very few cards exist that even saturate the 8x bandwidth.
  4. rickybuds said:
    Aren't they bandwidth?
    How could that not make a difference, 8x and 16x, are you serious?



    ..because it matters how much information is being passed.

    By this, I mean that when you're only using 4x, 5x, or 6x worth of bandwidth then whether you have that information traveling over an 8x or a 16x buss makes little to no difference in actual performance.

    Also, please keep in mind that newer boards will use PCIe 2, which has double the per lane throughput of the earlier standard. So a 16x PCIe1 buss has the same capacity as a newer 8X PCIe2.
  5. rickybuds said:
    Aren't they bandwidth?
    How could that not make a difference, 8x and 16x, are you serious?

    Did you read benchmarks?
  6. GhislainG said:
    Did you read benchmarks?


    Im asking the question whether the 16x improves it that much
  7. 16x will only show a real difference if using a card like a HD5970

    This is an old review but is still relevant.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/pci-express-scaling-analysis,1572.html

    Also check this one out too

    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/PCI-Express-2.0-Crossfire,review-29948.html
  8. It makes a difference only if you buy the fastest video cards. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/p55-pci-express-scaling,2517-3.html
  9. Hmm, so you still get the full benefit of SLIing with a 16x/8x board? Double or whatnot.
  10. x16 x8 does not make that much of a difference even in ultra high end because there is simply an abundance of bandwidth, intel or amd makes really no diff in terms of this issue
  11. 5870 and GTX 480 get an average of 2% loss from an 8x slot. Enough said. :)
  12. As far as crossfire and SLI go, the difference between having two 16x slots and two 8x slots is small, but significant. As far as the results from various reviews on the subject, it just depends on the game, setting, and CPU you are pairing the dual GPU solution with. If you really want to know then you should search for the articles online yourself and go through them. For an AMD build it's worth it to go from a 790X/GX or 890GX board to a 790FX if you plan to use two 5800 series cards. For P55 boards, the gap in price between boards with two 8x slots, and two 16x slots via the NF200 chip, is much wider and starts to go into X58 territory.
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