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Old October 31, 2010, 05:48 AM
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Ok, so I got a Gigabyte p55-ud2 board and a i5 750. My issue is I am going to run crossfire and use the onboard raid with two ssd's. Is my raid array going to suffer from the lack of pci lanes? And I know I am limited to X8 speeds for the two 6870's, which sucks all on its own.
Am I better off to get rid of the p55 setup and go to AMD or an i7 setup, which will have enough bandwidth to supply what I am running.
The only thing the pc will be doing is gaming, nothing else.
So any advice or push in the right direction is appreciated.
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Old October 31, 2010, 06:38 AM
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AMD, I say.
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Going for either AMD's 890FX or Intel's X58 chipset will give you the full bandwidth for your 6870 CF setup.

SSD's in raid isn't a great idea as you will lose TRIM support, your better off just getting one ssd or if you have already got both then just leave them off raid.
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Old October 31, 2010, 07:12 AM
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Avoid SSD in raid, losing trim will degrade the SSD faster. I would go AMD for that, a good FA 890 with a X6 well Oced will give you enough performance at apretty fair price, you can also re use your actual ram.
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you'll be fine, the losses are not that much.


and of course follow the above' no ssd raid' :)
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Old October 31, 2010, 12:16 PM
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I had them in raid for a month now, and thought it was the cat's ass....but I guess it wasn't as good an idea as I had thought.
And thanks Dan for that link...I had been searching for a data like that, but only found old out dated hardware.That made me feel a bit better with the xfire decision.
So now, I gotta find some gaming bench comparisons between a 6 core amd and the i5 750.
I'm thinking I might be just better off to get a new set-up, including a decent size ssd.
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Old October 31, 2010, 09:55 PM
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IMHO the i5 750 is a better gaming cpu then the AMD solution. Giving up the i5 750 for an amd six core will not help a pure gaming rig.
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Phill is completely right, if you are rocking a rig that won't see anything but gaming keep the i5.
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AMD, I say.
i agree here.. amd.. and the twin 6870's is an excellent idea
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Just remember something! When P55 first come out we have sell to a guy a P55M-UD2 with a 5870 and togheter it was getting into some issue that I can't remember ( I'll ask some collegue ). Might have the same problem with 5850/6850/6870. If the issue haven't been fixed it could suck a lot for you...
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