ATI CrossFireX - 4-Way 3870 CrossFire In Action

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By now we hope you have all taken some time to check out our evaluation of AMD’s latest ATI Radeons, the HD 3870 and HD 3850.  If you haven’t you can find the article right here.  In that article we talk a bit about CrossFireX and explain that with a future driver release and the right motherboard, two, three, and four-way CrossFire configurations will be possible.  And now, we want to show you what a system with four-way CrossFire will look like...


    


What you see here are four Radeon HD 3870 cards installed in an upcoming MSI motherboard built around the AMD 790FX chipset.  We don’t have benchmarks results to share with you just yet, but you can probably guess how things will scale.  Just like 2-way CrossFire games that are AFR friendly will receive the biggest boost in performance, while games that require SFR won’t scale as much.  And obviously, three- and four-way CrossFire will be faster than a two-card setup.

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humm looks like there is no room for a PCI card to fit in there, hope it has built in wireless of you'll be running a long lan cable to it.  

 

But in all reality do you really need 4 cards? 

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Marco C replied on Fri, Nov 16 2007 8:18 PM

My initial reaction to 3-way SLI and 4-way CrossFire is exactly the same.  What about my expansion cards?  My TV card? X-Fi? Etc.?  Then again, there's always USB! :) 

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Dave_HH replied on Fri, Nov 16 2007 9:00 PM
Yep and don't forget, integrated audio is no slouch these days either!

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me thinks it's just another ploy to sell even more cards. I mean really whats next a MB with 6 pci-x16 slots. they would have to come up with another form factor MB. I would rather see multi gpu cards rather than multi cards. It does look kinda cool though.

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Marco C replied on Fri, Nov 16 2007 9:18 PM
Well, multi-gpu cards are coming. I show the 3870 X2 in my article.

Another area we don't think about often where this type of setup would be more sought after is a render farm. All of the stream processors on the GPU can be used for some really complex math.

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Grahf replied on Sat, Nov 17 2007 1:25 AM

Wow... that's gonna be a lot of heat in that case. 

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HouseofLo replied on Sat, Nov 17 2007 3:12 PM

Oh lord, this is just overkill. I'm interested in seeing how much power this thing draws. Not the smallest ecological footprint I would imagine. BTW, does anyone know what the approximate power savings are if one drops from 1.30 volts to 1.00 volts (on the CPU)? Because that's exactly what I did.

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ice91785 replied on Tue, Nov 20 2007 12:35 AM
I guess it IS winter after all -- you guys can turn off the heat and warm your hands by the PC Big Smile -- save money on your LP bill

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jtm55 replied on Wed, Nov 21 2007 10:18 AM
Hi All,

4 Graphics cards? WOW!

I can only imagine what kind of Power Supply you'll need to run something like that. With that many Graphics cards you should have some fantastic frame rates though.

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Castro235 replied on Wed, Feb 27 2008 11:15 PM
Ummm... Extended ATX.

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jtm55:
With that many Graphics cards you should have some fantastic frame rates though

And a gaming rig that doubles as a space heater lol!!!

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I just noticed that ice basically already told that joke... darn it.

 

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