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5970 + 5870 Crossfire

I looked through the crossfire/SLI FAQ and couldn't find an answer to my question in there. I'm about to pair a 5970 with a 5870. Does it matter which video card is the "main" card, i.e. does it matter which one I connect my monitor to? The reason I ask is because the 5970 doesn't have HDMI out, but the 5870 does. My monitor doesn't have a Display Port input, just HDMI and DVI, but I want to use the monitor's internal speakers. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
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    It does not matter which card you use as the primary, you can still use the HDMI port on you 5870 even if it is not the main one.

    There also is a dongles that will convert Display Port to HDMI, DVI, or VGA.
  2. I'm not entirely sure but someone can correct me if I am wrong. Since the HD5870 is technically the stronger clocked GPU, you should put that in the first PCI-e slot. That way, you can also use the HDMI port on it. I honestly do not think it matters.
  3. Which motherboard are you using, it could matter in some cases.
    Some x58 boards come
    16x 8x only
    Which would put the 5970 at 8x 8x
    Some x58's are 16x 16x
    so it wouldn't matter
    it also will not matter if its 8x 8x
  4. I'm using an MSI 790FX-GD70, so all 4 PCI-e slots are x16.

    Thanks for the quick answers. I really appreciate it.
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