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Crossfire vs Nforce ?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Johnny|lucidcomposure, 27 Mar 2006.

  1. Johnny|lucidcomposure

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    Really torn between to go for a Abit board of Asus board. . Both offer different chipsets but I am totally unsure where I stand with choosing one.

    The gfx of use will deffo be the ATi X1800. I am just unsure which to go for.
     
  2. fenderbass86

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    Well, if like me you don't plan adding a second card, it doesn't really matter which board you go for, but i'm going for the nforce4 MSI board with a single PCI-e lane, so then it doesn't matter if I get an ATI or Nvidia card.
     
  3. Shiz

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    If you are looking at getting a crossfire setup later though, the obvious way forward is the ATI chipset.
     
  4. Johnny|lucidcomposure

    Sgarrista

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    But it still is mixing two main enemys in the industry and combining them together ? Any verdict on this ?
     
  5. Shiz

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    It will run perfectly well as far as I am aware. If you are really worried then get an ati chipset board, it will still be an excelent board.
     
  6. NeptuneUK

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    i hate my nforce.. go ATI. theyve never let me down, ever.
     
  7. DanMc07

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    yeah my nforce is **** poor :o
     
  8. FISHGUTS

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    Another n force hater here. I had an asus a8n-e and hated it, but most people on here seem to like them.
    Just got a abit at8 crossfire. I too have an x1800xt not thinking of crossfiring it, but it's nice to have the option.
    I'm very pleased with the at8.
     
  9. BigDom

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    Another person who prefer's the ATI chipset.. I started with a NF4 setup and it just refused to be stable with a dual core CPU.. swapped to an origonal Asus Crossfire board - no problems now :).
     
  10. Naffa

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    nForce f t w tbh iirc afaik :p
     
  11. Havana_UK

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    nForce user here, and loving it.

    No problems with stability, overclocking, dual core, anything.

    If you insist on going ATI, just avoid the **** poor excuse for a chipset that was RD480, and make sure it's an RD580 instead.

    Hav
     
  12. Naffa

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    yep, i dont think theres any question as to which is better out of RD480 and nForce4.. RD580 imo is still not as good (nvidia fanboy :o) but is a hell of a lot closer. saying that nforce has been out a lot longer than the crossfire chipsets, got my mobo back in september i think :)
     
  13. Monstermunch

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    The crossfire boards sound good on paper, but I would be cautious because of all the people having problems with the bios and drivers etc. Seems to be alot of RMA'ing going on with them
     
  14. BigDom

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    The RD480 wasn't a bad chipset. In fact most of the issues where/are to do with the supporting cast... Poor ATI southbridge ( covered by using the ULI - I believe - one by Asus ), poor support for hardcore overclocking of older CPU's.

    The Asus RD480 board is actually very nice, as long as you don't expect it to overclock like a £130 board. Excellent sound and very stable.

    Sadly it seems the inital batch of RD580 boards have had some faults - hopefulyl the next batch will see them fixed.
     
  15. Nelly

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    Using my 1st Nforce board, no problems here I am quite pleased with it, always had via chipset boards in the past.

    I am looking at the - Abit AT8 32X - ATI® RD580 Crossfire when its finally released as I will eventually be crossfiring probally, I was interested in the Asus one but put off by all the hassles etc that some people are still having & quite shocked they released it early with all the faults expecting the customer's to be the beta testers for the board - disgusted, a motherboard should work out the box regardless of how new it is.

    If your going to run 1 graphics card only, then I would go with the Nforce 4 as you will probally find its more established, had quite a few driver updates etc.
     
    Last edited: 28 Mar 2006