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ATI Catalyst 8.3, Hybrid CrossFire and CrossFireX Announced

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Great, when can we download? As of this post it still reads 8.2...
 

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Great, when can we download? As of this post it still reads 8.2...
I'll add the hot download links as soon as they go online...it's only a matter of hours I guess. ;)
 
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ok :toast:
 
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This looks to be quite a release!

I just need Crossfire support for OpenGL applications and I'll be golden...
 
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TBH, I'm really excited to see ATI pushing multi-GPU setups so strongly. I had initially thought it would just be one of those 'fad' ideas they threw out but then drop rather quickly. I guess the success of the 3870x2 must have reassured them they're on a good path to regaining their market shares, as these capabilities will open up quite a few doors for people with aging hardware and don't have the means to upgrade as the next biggest thing rolls out.
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Oh snap, they revised their press release to say it will be released tomorrow. I knew I should have used screengrab!!
 
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Give him^^ the damn driver already! I want to see what the Tri-fire can do!!!!
 
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"Tessellation Support" could it be that the stream processors will get some help here with this type of supprt? I wonder if this will even improve the 2900 series...
 
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lol, can't you people wait? its starting March 5= tomorrow
 

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isnt scaling too well according to firing squad. 2 x2's loses to 3 gtx's DAMN IT!!
 

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damnit! let me download it already!!! i've got my 3870x2 and my 3870 in my machine and vista doesn't know what to do!
I'm in the exact same boat. I read some details at a few places that showed gpu scaling above 3 gpu's is nearly non-existent, even so i "was" going to get a 2nd X2 but now if I can Crossfire my X2 with my 3870 I'm golden. Only problem I see so far is this is Vista only and not even Crossfire will drag me into that almost shiny turd. I want so much to like Vista, and even after beta testing it for nearly 2 years I still won't run it as my primary OS. It's just too slow in just about everything that matters to me. I was hoping having upgrading the rig to get a 5.9 in Vista it would be usable, and it is, unless I want to play a game [which is often, hence the X2 and 3870] which is a horrible exerience to say the least. The problem with my experience is not so much the graphics, but the horrible drivers from Creative, and Vista's new sound stack. Hate em both!!!!!! And ATI's less than stellar performance in either DX9 or DX10 modes. Vista will rock for games in about 2+ years, when the hardware is there to be able to push Vista to do, what XP has been able to do now for about 4 years, [I don't count pre SP2 XP as an os]. The problem I forsee is that in the next 2 years we will have Vista R2 and it will screw up everything further as MS tries to do what my grandad used to say. "You can't shine a turd"

But it is the shiniest turd I've ever seen :laugh:
 

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damnit! let me download it already!!! i've got my 3870x2 and my 3870 in my machine and vista doesn't know what to do!
Also, just remove the crossfire ribbon and Vista runs fine [er runs Vista fine] but grey's out the Crossfire box in CCC.
 

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i have the 8.3!!!!! it's installed and does support crossfireX(duh) but my 3870 is dead. SUCKS!!!
The one floating around on the net for a couple weeks now is not 8.3 it was some biostar bastardized driver set that didn't allow disjoined cards Xfire. So you card is probably fine.

Take the X2 out, put the 3870 in the slot and take a look to see if it boots, if it boots, card is fine. Or if your board bios allows tell it to boot from PCIex2 instead of PCIex1 or 0/1 what ever.

I'll wait until http://game.amd.com/us-en/drivers_catalyst.aspx?p=vista32/common-vista32 shows 8.3 or at least

http://ati.amd.com/support/driver.html
shows the X2 as a card at all
 
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Uff da! So close....
 
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isnt scaling too well according to firing squad. 2 x2's loses to 3 gtx's DAMN IT!!
I stop reading firing squad ages ago.
 

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isnt scaling too well according to firing squad. 2 x2's loses to 3 gtx's DAMN IT!!
Let's see.
2 HD 3870 X2 = 2 x 429.00 [ish] = 858.00
3 8800 GTX = 3x 400.00 [ish] = 1200.00 [FREAKIN OUCH, though I did spend 1200 on 2 X800 XTX once[shame on me]]


At 2/3 the price for "nearly" the same game experience, I'd have to call the X2's the winner!
 
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hmm..8.1 neither hotfix NOR 8.2 didnt fix my AGP card drivers..im runnin some MSI drivers on my card but hey..they work fine so aint bragging about..good luck for rich guys buying 4 x 3870x2 ;D