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Question regarding Crossfire setup + motherboard

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Fietsbel88, Jul 26, 2014.

  1. Fietsbel88

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    Goodmorning everyone,

    My name is Richard, i am new to the Techpowerup forums.
    Please excuse me for any grammatical faults, English is not my native language.

    I have a question regarding my new gaming rig that is going to be used for 2560x1440 resolution.

    Almost everything is sorted except that I am just a little unsure if my motherboard: the Asus Maximum VII Hero, is okay to be used with the MSI R9 290X Gaming 4G in crossfire.
    The internet says the card is 3,9cm thick.

    This would be the first time running a crossfire setup and I have seen some disturbing images, from SLI/Crossfire setups were the GPU's are literally on top of each other without leaving any space between them for airflow.

    My PC will be aircooled only and I don't want my cards to be fried within 1 week.
    The store I am getting all my parts from says the Mobo is fine for sli/crossfire since it has actually decent spacing between the two PCie x16 3.0 ports.

    I have already placed my order apart from the GPU's, even after two people told me its fine but I'm still a little bit in doubt.

    i7 4970k 4Ghz 8Mb Cache.
    Gelid Tranquilo rev. 2
    Crucial Ballistix Tactical 8GB (2x 4GB 1600mhz)
    Asus Maximus VII Hero
    Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200rpm
    Samsung 840 EVO Basic 250GB
    Cooler Master V1000.
    Cooler Master CM 690 III

    Any thoughts?
     
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  2. FR@NK

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    That board has enough space for 2x cards.

    [​IMG]
     
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  3. Fietsbel88

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    I forgot to ask if my CPU is good enough to work with the two cards, I don't want a bottleneck in my system.

    That brings me to another question, what do you guys think about the Sapphire R9 290X Tri-X 4GB instead of the MSI? I have read that it runs a bit cooler and produces less noise. But not sure if that is a big deal. The sapphire is also 50 euro's more expensive. Worth it?

    Edit: Thanks FR@NK, maybe someone else can also confirm this.
     
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  4. Fietsbel88

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    Hmmmm after doing some research I am actually starting to prefer the Sapphire above the MSI.
    Is it true that the card is more stable than the MSI one? It seems to run with lower temps also.
     
  5. FR@NK

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    The reviews on newegg are better for that Sapphire compared to the MSI.
     
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    Check out the reviews of the cards on this site.
     

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