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    Default Re: Do I need a bridge for CF with a GA-EX58-UD3R

    No biggie, I kinda thought the same thing with mine until I looked at them when I opened the wrappers.

    I wish they would make them for us ATI users and include them.

    I think they do with SLI as they paid for SLI Licensing for each board is why

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    Default Re: Do I need a bridge for CF with a GA-EX58-UD3R

    It is up to the board manufacturer to supply SLI bridges as they have licensed the tech from Nvidia and it must be part of the agreement. ATI Crossfire bridges are always supplied with the card.

    Your X1950Pro needs two bridges, or at least it did with the older driver versions. By its own admission, only one channel was used to communicate with the GPU's though. From the HD2xxx onwards, only one bridge is needed and the drivers will implememt CF just fine with one installed.

    The real reason for two ports on the top of each card on all modern ATI GPU's is to allow three or more cards to be connected. For example in a three card setup cards 1 and 3 will only have one connector used, where as card two will have both used, one going to card 1 and the other to card 3. Having two connectors totally eliminates the pre-X1900Pro era of external connections and having to have a "Master Card" and a "Slave Card".
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    Default Re: Do I need a bridge for CF with a GA-EX58-UD3R

    Yeap, I have a triple setup going right now

    I think a hard blue bridge like the SLI one for crossfire would be cool though, but maybe only because there isn't one now though as I always see the SLI users saying they want flexible ones like xfire has so who knows?

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