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Basically I understand that it allows something like upto 4 GPUs to be combined into an uber GPU. You see I prefer ATI to NVIDIA (no debate needed hehe) and am looking into building a Xfirex system. I hear ASUS is the best mobo manufacture and i've always liked them anyway. Whats a good mobo with Xfirex that will allow me to combine 2 ATI graphics using a bridge? The thing I don't understand is that I have found some but they have 2x pcie slots but say blue @ 16x, black @8x. I really don;t understand if Xfirex runs at 8x as ive heard GPUs run at 16x but dual cards run a 8x,8x. Is this correct? I have a budget of £100 for a decent mobo and i'm in the UK
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ASUS is totally not the best mb mfg today. It used to be great, but today they nearly suck.

The cheap SLI / CF boards only come with 16 x / 8x or 8x / 8x speeds, the higher end ones have dual, or more, 16 x slots. I don't know how much it will impact the performance to have the other one @ 8x, at least don't get anything that runs the other slot at 4x speed.

Here's an example of a xfire board. http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Comp...press+Socket+775+Motherboard+?productId=33329
 

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Thanks for that, was very helpful :) Hmm ok I guess dual 16x would go over my budget? If so how much by? Thanks
 

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Thanks, that third one seems perfect a little over budget but atleast I know ill be happy :) However if theres one a little cheaper with dual slots that would be even better? Sorry to make you do all the work. Thanks though your really helping a lot.
 

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Wait, wait. That one at eclipse I linked would be a better buy if it is what they say it is. The Gigabyte site is a PITA, being absolutely sluggish.

Okay, the eclipse one has 8x crossfire. Another but!!: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/252455-15-crossfire-worth It seems really much that the extra price for dual 16x board isn't actually worth it... Which GFXs are you planning to use?
 

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but aren't the slots different speeds again?

Looks like we have a good motherboard then :) For a processor still between those 3. Im not so sure about quad cores though. GFXs? If thats for graphics cards im thinking of getting 2x ATI Radeon 3850 after all I don't games that require a lot of juice.
 
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Anyways. I would choose the Q6600. Dual cores might be outdated in a while. And 6600 is a good overclocker too. And great without OCing too.
 
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