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November 14, 2011 7:23:44 PM

Okay so I have the Extreme3 Gen3 1155 Mobo by Asrock, 2500k CPU, and 8GB 9-9-9-24 DDr3 1600Mhz G.Skill sniper. The Mobo supports either single mode of 16x or SLi/CrossfireX of 8x each... or at least I think that's what it means. Here is what the Newegg says... maybe I'm reading it wrong:

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2 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots (PCIE2/PCIE4: single at x16 (PCIE2) / x8 (PCIE4), or dual at x8 (PCIE2) / x8 (PCIE4))


However the manufacturer website says:

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2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, Supports AMD Quad CrossFireX™ and NVIDIA® Quad SLI™


So maybe it's SLi/CrossfireX 2x 16x mode supporting dual cards in single mode or quad in SLi/CrossfireX mode. Can anyone confirm what mode I can run my cards at?


Either way at this moment in time I want to run single pcie mode. What would be a decent card to run BF3 @ High settings? Don't feel like spend some $250 for a 6950 or 560 to run at ultra.

Also keep in mind I'll be running 1 monitor @ 1280x720 while playing. It's pointless running @ 1920x1080 with a monitor 32' or less. Human eye can't even notice the difference between 1080p or 720p with small monitors like that. So why run your CPU/GPU harder just to say you can run BF3 ultra 1080p?

Also dumb question on my part but while playing games what interface is best? Using d-sub to vga and hooking up that way or via HDMI? Since I'll be using the Optical out no need for the audio line on the HDMI. Not sure if the vga on my monitor is a digital port that accepts analog signals or not. Only reason I'd even consider running through the VGA over HDMI is running 1024x768 via HDMI can sometimes be "iffy" when displayed because that resolution isn't in proper spec and 1280x720 is too small to read anything with a 23' LED monitor that I have.

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a c 169 U Graphics card
November 14, 2011 8:05:23 PM

All Z68 boards support SLI/CF @ dual 8x speed.
I disagree with you on the resolution however.I had a 1080p 17" laptop,a 24" 1080p monitor and now a 1080p 27" monitor and I must say,on 27",1080 is a perfect resolution.
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November 14, 2011 8:19:29 PM

Maziar said:
All Z68 boards support SLI/CF @ dual 8x speed.
I disagree with you on the resolution however.I had a 1080p 17" laptop,a 24" 1080p monitor and now a 1080p 27" monitor and I must say,on 27",1080 is a perfect resolution.


I disagree... there is no need to run at anything higher than 640x480... why stress your gpu at all... besides you could totally get like 1000 fps on that res...
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a b U Graphics card
November 14, 2011 8:20:44 PM

Yes it's 8x/8x when running in SLI/CF, and 16x with a single card. You can get 16x/16x boards but they start at around $300. At 720p a 6850 will probably be more than enough. For the signal, I always use DVI for the video and plug my headphones into my audio port.
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November 14, 2011 9:30:21 PM

gmcizzle said:
Yes it's 8x/8x when running in SLI/CF, and 16x with a single card. You can get 16x/16x boards but they start at around $300. At 720p a 6850 will probably be more than enough. For the signal, I always use DVI for the video and plug my headphones into my audio port.


Yeah I figured 8x/8x. Any practical reason to run 8x/8x anyway? Like even if you had matching cards wouldn't it be equal to just run one at 16x? Unless I'm missing something like memory bandwidth or something.

So a 6850 would be good hmmm. Seems these 3 cards have the same specs and price:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|14-102-908^14-102-908-TS%2C14-121-419^14-121-419-TS%2C14-125-353^14-125-353-TS

Which would you recommend? Seems to me the SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 100315L is the winner.
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a b U Graphics card
November 14, 2011 9:52:39 PM

All three are equal honestly. I would go with the gigabyte one though because it has a $10 off coupon, has a factory OC, comes with a rebate, and has free shipping.
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a b U Graphics card
November 14, 2011 9:54:30 PM

8x/8x is still fine for this generation of GPUs. Even the fastest cards don't really even max out 8x bandwidth so going from 16x to 8x is maybe 2-3% decrease in performance at most, and in some cases there is no real difference.
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November 14, 2011 9:58:44 PM

gmcizzle said:
All three are equal honestly. I would go with the gigabyte one though because it has a $10 off coupon, has a factory OC, comes with a rebate, and has free shipping.


Well shipping don't matter lol... I got dooped into ShopRusher and going to try and fight payment of that $79 fee. Make them a deal or something.

On topic... With the $10 coupon the Gigabyte and Saph are $129.99 shipped and the Asus is $139.99 shipped. Factory OC doesn't really impress me and I don't get a game with it lol. The Saph and Asus both come with the game but the Saph doesn't show it supports OpenGL 4.1 (perhaps they just didn't enter it in?). So this makes the Asus one better due to 790Mhz core (but 15Mhz worth $10?).
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a b U Graphics card
November 14, 2011 10:17:56 PM

All are the same GPU chip, they all support the same OpenGL and DX versions. If you care about the game then get one of the ones that come with it. Factory OCs don't really mean much, except that the card is somewhat guaranteed to run at those OC'd speeds and be stable.
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