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I am getting some upgrades and was considering putting off getting another vidcard but I saw this http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16814131047 and was intrigued, I was planning on getting one of these http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102075 and a second later or now to run CF on my Asus A8R32 MVP, the cards are similar in specs except the X1950XT can't do CF but it is a real fast card but Crossfire is sorta why I got this board.

I got three s939 machines so I am definately getting one more gpu so the kids dont have to use the onboard gpu in their rig forever. I was going to wait till ATI releases there DX10 cards but Vista works great on my X800 GTO and X1900gt, but when I built this rig I got a CF certified PSU, but only for x1900 series and I am most assuredly going to have to upgrade that again as its only 580w (Hiper 580 series) abd ATI's DX10 vidcards are most likely going to need alot more.

So I am firm on getting another card but should I just get the Powercolor X1950XT with no CF support (but w/VIVO which i would use),or go for the 2 Sapphire cards x1950Pro's. Would they run faster with internal crossfire than one card with really high clocks? They both have 512mb frame buffer which is what i want. And i can probably stretch my budget to get the 2 Sapphire 512mb Pro cards now which is kinda what I really want, or I can just do CF when ATI's DX10 cards have matured and wait. But that XT looks mighty tempting, read over this http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/power_x1950xt/ for more info on the Powercolor card.

This is a tough one I am really on the fence with this choice, so please feel free to throw out more suggestions, and VIVO is no deal breaker and I can always add a TV tuner card later if i want PVR and stuff.

Also, yes 8800s are the best DX10 cards in the world but if I wanted to go with Nvidia I would've gotten an SLI board not a Crossfire one. Also although I already have an x1900gt I am not interested in doing "software" crosffire and am only interested in doing internal CF hence the interest in the x1950 pro cards.
 

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your links do not work to newegg!!!
 
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Newegg is down, nothing I can do, but I decided to go with 2xX1950 pros in CF instead of the new Powercolor X1950XT that cant crossfire. I am going to wait till after May 14 cause I heard there are going to be price drops, still not sure if I am going with the HIS version or Sapphire. It looks like sapphire might have changed their PCB and cooler for their Pro models, I thought they had one like the x1900gt models that went completely over the card. The HIS version has copper cooler on the rear components that might help with overclocking a little more, who knows (if anyone can confirm Sapphire has changed their X1950 pro model around please post, thanx).
 
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I am getting some upgrades and was considering putting off getting another vidcard but I saw this http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16814131047 and was intrigued, I was planning on getting one of these http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102075 and a second later or now to run CF on my Asus A8R32 MVP, the cards are similar in specs except the X1950XT can't do CF but it is a real fast card but Crossfire is sorta why I got this board.

I got three s939 machines so I am definately getting one more gpu so the kids dont have to use the onboard gpu in their rig forever. I was going to wait till ATI releases there DX10 cards but Vista works great on my X800 GTO and X1900gt, but when I built this rig I got a CF certified PSU, but only for x1900 series and I am most assuredly going to have to upgrade that again as its only 580w (Hiper 580 series) abd ATI's DX10 vidcards are most likely going to need alot more.

So I am firm on getting another card but should I just get the Powercolor X1950XT with no CF support (but w/VIVO which i would use),or go for the 2 Sapphire cards x1950Pro's. Would they run faster with internal crossfire than one card with really high clocks? They both have 512mb frame buffer which is what i want. And i can probably stretch my budget to get the 2 Sapphire 512mb Pro cards now which is kinda what I really want, or I can just do CF when ATI's DX10 cards have matured and wait. But that XT looks mighty tempting, read over this http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/power_x1950xt/ for more info on the Powercolor card.

This is a tough one I am really on the fence with this choice, so please feel free to throw out more suggestions, and VIVO is no deal breaker and I can always add a TV tuner card later if i want PVR and stuff.

Also, yes 8800s are the best DX10 cards in the world but if I wanted to go with Nvidia I would've gotten an SLI board not a Crossfire one. Also although I already have an x1900gt I am not interested in doing "software" crosffire and am only interested in doing internal CF hence the interest in the x1950 pro cards.
That MB is made for Crossfire,...I saw major gains when I went CF.My vote is for CF:rockout:
 
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I have a Crossfire board too, Abit AT8 32X, with a Opteron 185. I had a XFX 6800 GS in it and now I picked up a X1950XTX. I will be on the lookout for a Crossfire card now.
 
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that review is a bunch of bs an 8800gts 320 performs much better than an 1950xt. and seriously a different cpu for the 7600 and the x1650? whats that about? plus only low res benches?
 

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I hear many problems with game through crossfire configuration. Maybe the driver is not ready yet?

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that review is a bunch of bs an 8800gts 320 performs much better than an 1950xt. and seriously a different cpu for the 7600 and the x1650? whats that about? plus only low res benches?
Now that you mention it, that is weird. I got the link from the techpowerup review database.
 
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So which version X1950 pro should I get the HIS or the Sapphire. Warranty histories count too. Other contenders are out because I gotta keep each card below $200, Also is sapphire the only company shipping their pros with the bridge connectors?
 
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I think I would go with Sapphire, they have good quality and a decent warranty. ...HIS does have a great reputation. Anything can break, but usually it does so in short order if overclocking is not involved and it had a defect....or even faster with overclocking.

I still would go Sapphire.
 
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I just got a sapphire x1950xt because my x1800xt died, it's plenty fast and worked fine out of box, course go figure the hd 2900xt comes out 5 days after I upgrade lol.
 
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i have 2 x1600xt's on crossfire on the ASUS A8R32-MVP Deluxe
and i noticed performance gains, more so at a higher resolution.

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So which version X1950 pro should I get the HIS or the Sapphire. Warranty histories count too. Other contenders are out because I gotta keep each card below $200, Also is sapphire the only company shipping their pros with the bridge connectors?
The x1950pro Crossfire from Asus ships with 2 bridge connectors (I have that version).
 
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The x1950pro Crossfire from Asus ships with 2 bridge connectors (I have that version).
Just went with the 2900XT, better choice I think since I was going to get 2 pro cards for around the same price anyway but thanx for the advice.
 
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The x1950pro Crossfire from Asus ships with 2 bridge connectors (I have that version).
But their "Standard" version ships with 0 connectors:respect:
 
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Twin X1950pros in CF should be quicker (especially at higher reesolutions) than a single (even overclocked) X1950XT although by how much I don't know.

If it was my choice (and going by UK prices) I would just stick in a 8800GTS 320mb for £170 (which IIRC from reviews performs near CF X1950pro performance) rather than getting 2 seperate X1950pros for roughly £200.

However I doubt you will be dissapointed with the CF performance and as you say you got the CF motherboard to do CF.