ATI CrossFire Impressions

The first reviews of ATI's CrossFire Dual Graphics Solution have been popping up on hardware sites across the web today, as the official NDA has lifted. If you're new to CrossFire, it is ATI's answer for NVIDIA's SLI which has been around for several months. However, rather than sharing bandwidth across the PCI Express x16 bus, CrossFire works in a different way. In order to use a CrossFire configuration, a user must purchase a "master" card along with a standard X800 series card. The master card includes five new chips that help it communicate with the standard card via an external connection, while NVIDIA's SLI is of course handled internally. For more information about CrossFire, check out the reviews linked below.

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When it comes right down to it, CrossFire is really not a solid value with the current generation of ATI video cards. You get more for less money with the GeForce 7800 GTX.

If ATI had released CrossFire before the summer, before the 7800 GTX had come out, they may have had something, but as it is today, you are better off waiting to see what ATI is going to come out with next. The other issue is the price and availability of master cards in retail stores. Round one of the dual card match goes firmly to NVIDIA. That is if we can still consider it "round one" at this late date. It’ll be interesting to see if ATI can get up off the mat and come out swinging in round 2, or 3, or 4.

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