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Can the Gigabyte Z77X-UP5 TH do 3-way CrossFireX?

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November 12, 2012 7:42:54 PM

I'm not currently planning on any crossfire configuration (for now I believe my 7970 is good enough) but for future purpose, is it better to go for dual or should I shell out more than $100 more for a 4-way crossfire board? Can this board handle 3-way? Does 3-way even matter? Thanks a lot.
November 12, 2012 9:53:54 PM

Anyone?
November 12, 2012 10:09:24 PM

by the time you see the need for next for more power than 2x7970 give you, at least on a single 2d monitor, you'll probaby be upgrading other things.

BTW it appears the board supports 2-way, the last slot is labeled x4 and it physically inaccessible to most video cards.
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November 12, 2012 10:23:17 PM

abbadon_34 said:
by the time you see the need for next for more power than 2x7970 give you, at least on a single 2d monitor, you'll probaby be upgrading other things.

BTW it appears the board supports 2-way, the last slot is labeled x4 and it physically inaccessible to most video cards.

So you don't think that I need to upgrade to a three-way or four-way right?
November 12, 2012 10:37:42 PM

And how well would two 7970s do in crossfire if I had three monitors? I only have one, but I'm just curious.
November 12, 2012 10:39:22 PM

Not unless you multi-monitor gaming, 3D, or using midrange cards, but since you're starting out with 2 top of the line cards, but the time 2x7970 won't max out a games you'll probably find it most cost effective just to get a new card (and whatever motherboard and cpu is current at the time)
November 12, 2012 10:46:51 PM

Would they still max out games (or at least get close to it) on a three monitor setup? Once again I only have one, but just curious.
November 12, 2012 11:43:30 PM

And how often do gamers have to use more than two cards?
November 13, 2012 12:35:11 AM

No one? :( 
November 13, 2012 12:37:14 AM

X79 for 3-4 way SLI
November 13, 2012 12:42:22 AM

The question is though, do I need it? I don't even have a eyefinity set up, and probably won't ever, but hypothetically will 2 7970s be enough?
November 13, 2012 12:50:08 AM

If you aren't ever going to do eyefinity/NVIDIA surround, then you will almost never need more than 1 7970/GTX 680 unless you are intentionally beating what it can do (trying to play Metro 2033 with ultra settings+max AA+tessalation etc). The only thing that Xfire/SLi is good for is multi-monitor gaming, setting record benchmarks, or playing said settings which is really unnecessary for most. Dual 7970s will meet all of your needs for single monitor gaming. If you are looking to pass dual Xfire/SLi I would recommend looking into the X79 chipset as it natively offers 40 lanes of PCI-e, making 3-way and 4-way configurations extremely easy to do.
November 13, 2012 1:12:27 AM

I'm sticking with Z77, just curious on how well I would be able to run eyefinity if I ever decided to on 2 7970s.

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November 13, 2012 1:22:20 AM
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2x 7970's for 5760x1080 eyefinity, I can run pretty much every game on Max settings flawless 60fps+
exceptions are Metro 2033 with tesselation still runs playable, but you can tell its under a lot of stress
but things like BF3, Borderlands2, Mech warrior online, Guild wars2 all maxed out no problem what so ever
November 13, 2012 1:28:00 AM

Best answer selected by vance09.
November 13, 2012 1:29:30 AM

Thank you, so I guess I'll be good then?
November 13, 2012 7:45:04 AM

Yes you are fine.
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