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Thread: Sapphire X850XT PE performance




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    Default Re: Sapphire X850XT PE performance

    I wouldn't worry about the chipset temps too much unless they get really high. Just keep an eye on the fan as DFI is known to use cheap fans and they fail alot. Swapping it out with an aftermarket 40MM fan is the best way to fix it. Once you figure it out and get it to run 2-2-2-8-T1, you will see another huge improvement. Keep us updated of your progress.
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    Default Re: Sapphire X850XT PE performance

    I say if you got your rig running to the specs you like, then don't f with the RAM since it's not the biggest factor limiting your system right now. Your scores seem more reasonable now and yes, some boards don't have 2 PCI-X slots that can both handle full bandwidth. Remember that the current multiple gpu support, SLI by nvidia, only runs each card at 8 pipelines.

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    Default Re: Sapphire X850XT PE performance

    It's PCI-E, and some boards (mostly high-end workstation boards), use multiple chipsets and do have full-bandwidth dual PCI-E 16x slots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eat@joes
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    Default Re: Sapphire X850XT PE performance

    Would that be 16x x 2? or either slot can be running at 16x reguardless of placement? I don't really know much about those multiple chipsets.

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    Both slots are always running at 16x. The boards simply add a second (or third... or fourth...) chipset and they get another PCI Express bus, including the 16x slot. The chipsets are the nVidia nForce Professional 2200 and 2050, the 2050 being the one they add on.

    Regardless of that, last month nVidia announced nForce 4 SLI x16, which will feature the ability to have to large slots running at 16x speeds.

    Personally, I'm not concerned with any of it. Neither software nor hardware has yet to bottleneck AGP in anything. It might matter three or four years from now, but at the moment there's no reason to care whether the slot is running at 8x or 16x. I doubt nVidia is creating this new chipset for anything or than marketing: If 16x is twice 8x, it must be twice as fast, therefore I should buy it.

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    Default Re: Sapphire X850XT PE performance

    Hah, yeah. That's what I love about marketing. I'm sticking on to my AGP as long as I can. The only reason I upgraded to a 64 bit cpu was for the on-die fsb, encoding, photo/video editing, and hopefully soon-to-be 64 bit apps. As for the video card you are right about everything. It's pretty silly to buy anything that extreme right now other than for meer benchmarking and show.

    I'm going to upgrade my video card and I'm thinking about going with the X800Pro, or the 6800GT. I'm assuming the 6800GT would be better simply because of ps 3.0 and 16 pipelines. Just want some throughput on that
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    Personally, I laugh my butt off when I see a guy get 2X7800GTX SLI, only to run benchmark after benchmark. When the Aquamark site was running, I was a regular there. It was priceless to see someone spend $1500 on two video cards and a motherboard just to get the highest score. I am also guilty of spending too much on a video card, and even dumber for getting it vmodded, just to get a higher score. But it is sooo true that nothing can even use all the bandwidth of AGP, that was my reasoning when I got the X850. Only time will tell.
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    Default Re: Sapphire X850XT PE performance

    An X850XT is actually used to its full power by modern games. Someone with dual 7800GTXs will likely find that the game itself itsn't stressful enough to use the cards to their full potential.

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    Default Re: Sapphire X850XT PE performance

    Anything above a single 7800 is date rape for your wallet.

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