This makes me want one even more. I think I am going to get the Asus Maximus Formula in the for sales thread so I can have 2 of these new cards in crossfier. I have been wanting a crossfier setup capable mother board and think that is the one :). Anyways the new 4870's are suppose to be beasts of a card and also have a built in havoc PPU.
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You're referring to x16 physical lanes, but the second full-sized slot in a P35 chipset is only x4 electrical, which is the maximum that the chipset will support. Whereas the Maximus with its X38 chipset, has full x16 electrical in both lanes.
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