OK cool. To be perfectly frank mate I am doing it because.. Because I am addicted to stupid crap like this
It's not going in here (points to main rig) so it's purely for benchmarks and the figures.
I had some bad luck recently and some spare cash left over that I won't be needing for what I wanted it for (motor bike, refused license) so I must play !
I've heard a lot of bad about quadfired 3870x2, but only in 2008. I mean, in 2008 crossfire was equally crap by all accounts. No one was using it and those who were did nothing but moan. And the reviewers all said you were far better off with a single card etc.
Even the 3870x2 got poor results on release and was peed on by the 8800 ultra. However, I own both cards and I tell you man, in 2010 it's a completely different story. the x2 slaughters
the 8800 ultra. This is obviously purely down to time served on the drivers.
I have the second 3870x2 sold already to a mate (the one I literally just got) as he was watching it but it was up for £70. I sent the guy a message saying I'd offer £50 but no more as I already got a Sapphire for that and he accepted. So my mate is kinda peed.
The board? Well, it'll be the best Crossfire AM2+ board in my house. So if quadfire bores me or I whack out the benchmarks and decide to rid? then it will go straight in here in place of this Asrock as it supports up to about 160w. And the brick wall I am hitting in here (again points to rig) is down to that. As soon as I reach 138w TDP my machine becomes terrible unstable and reboots randomly. I have managed to push the 940 to 3.4ghz with a TDP of 137w but that's it. Even if I drop the voltage I still read 138 before it shuts down.
I am now idling at 31c (rifle fans and shrouds) so I should easily get to 3.8ghz if this board had solid caps and better VRMS.