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Misklahr
04-06-2012, 08:44 PM
Hi

I am currently running my system with an ASUS ARES graphics card. I also have an XFX 5870 (http://rwlabs.com/images/articles/gtx470_vs_5870/gtx470_5870_007.JPG) graphics card, and want to connect them and run them in crossfire.
I am pretty sure that it will work, since ASUS ARES is 5870 x 2.
So, my questions are:
Is it possible to run them in CF? And in that case, how do I proceed?

HiVizMan
04-06-2012, 10:34 PM
Stick a crossfireX bridge on them. Boot into OS and enable in CCC.

You might have to reinstall the AMD driver but that is about it

Misklahr
05-05-2012, 01:18 AM
Sounds great!
I still got one more question:
The ASUS ARES is a 2x2GB GPU, while my 5870 is a 1GB GPU. I know that the ARES will scale down to 1GB.
Will the 3 GPUs perform better @ 3x1GB, or will the ASUS ARES alone perform better with 2x2GB.

Spoony
05-05-2012, 11:24 AM
yes it works no problems at all. mine was all great then a GPU went bang on my Ares :( but that was NOT a crossfire problem it was a card problem

HiVizMan
05-05-2012, 01:45 PM
CrossfireX is great in that you can have different cards together. Unlike the green team where I could not get my cards to play nice. :)

Misklahr
05-05-2012, 05:04 PM
yes it works no problems at all. mine was all great then a GPU went bang on my Ares :( but that was NOT a crossfire problem it was a card problem
Too bad that your card broke, my first ARES did also break, but I got it fixed.

CrossfireX is great in that you can have different cards together. Unlike the green team where I could not get my cards to play nice. :)
It sure is nice to be @ the red team :)

However, I still wonder which configuration will perform best:
ASUS ARES 2x2GB
or
ASUS ARES 2x1GB + 5870 1GB

HiVizMan
05-05-2012, 08:41 PM
If you have them go for the ARES 2 x2GB.

But if you are going to be buying them I would think hard about buying older kit. I might think about selling the one I currently had and looking at a 7970 card :p

SaLSouL
05-15-2012, 05:54 PM
I'm about to put a cat amongst the pigeons here but because the Ares is a single card with shared vram of 4gb it does not scale down with a 2nd card i.e 5870 with only 1gb vram . they are added together, if it was 3 single cards with 2gb 1gb 1gb it would scale to 3gb total.

I have proof thanks to my g510 keyboard and afterburner .

I have an Asus Ares + PCS HD 5870 total vram 5gb i have picutres of my vram usage touching 4gb which is not possible if it scales back to 3gb ??? ..

These are my own experiences



this shows system ram usage. I alt+tabed out of BF3 running @ 5760x1080

here is the vram usage

8662

Spoony
05-17-2012, 06:47 AM
stick witht he Asus Ares card, its EPIC i know i have one tilla GPU went pop, butted i never got it back she was stunning for al games and would STILL kick ass today.

if you wanna sell it let me know i would gladly take it off yoru hands :D