Solved Ok I have an ABIT IX38 QuadGT motherboard and need help

December 20, 2013 at 12:38:18
Specs: Windows 7
ABIT IX38 QuadGT motherboard that has crossfire setting on the motherboard, but the company no longers in business now but the motherboard still working good. Yet I wonder if I can use this video card instead as my video card and since it has 2 pci express slots, get 2 of them, the one i am thinking of is MSI N650Ti-2GD5/OC BE and wonder if i can use them since they are geforce card and not the ati crossfire kind

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December 20, 2013 at 12:49:48
Crossfire and SLI are not the same. In order to handle SLI with a pair of GTX's the motherboard needs to specify SLI.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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December 20, 2013 at 13:25:54
I know that the SLI is not crossfire but this motherboard still works, but the old HIS 4670 crossfire card are no longer made for it, so i am looking for an video card to use so i can bring this old motherboard back in use again. Yet I been seeing video games that showing the nvidia logo when the game starts like the Hawken mech game that is supported by nvidia cards

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December 20, 2013 at 13:58:48
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Some boards were designed to use either brand in SLI or Crossfire. I doubt that is the case with your Abit board. I can't download a manual to verify.

Do you have a manual for the motherboard? If the PCI x16 slot is 1.0 you may not be able to use ANY newer card.

At any rate SLI and/or Crossfire is a gimmick that is usually a waste of cash. One faster card will usually produce similar results without the need for a power supply upgrade.

You can usually run one card of either brand in any motherboard. The problems arise when running two cards. As Fingers stated above, the board must be designed to run the cards.

That motherboard is six years old. I did find a review of that board. You are in luck as far as the PCI x16 slots go. They are version 2.0 so they should accept any PCI x16 card. See the link below. The review seems to indicate that board can run either brand GPUs in pairs. You need to find a manual.

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December 20, 2013 at 15:09:14

here is the manual for the motherboard and hopes to help you, I do know that it an pci express 2.0, yet i have been told that some of the newer 3.0 amd card will work but will gear down to the 2.0 speed for this motherboard, but some of the amd cards won't see this motherboard since it an old style and no longer made since abit has closed their doors, the last bio update was for vista 64 bit and when abit was asked about win 7 bio, they made an statement that there are no win 7 bio update and all support was to end last year. Yet the motherboard has an 2.8 quad core 775 cpu and yes has kingston hyper x ddr 2 at the max of 8 gig bit ram, but it stills working, just the old HIS 4670 video card setup is not working, one of the 4670 has died and i can't find no new 4670 model. so I was looking to see what i can do to keep using it since it working great but i can't do the crossfire mode since one video card is now dead.

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December 20, 2013 at 16:37:24
So why not just run the board with the one graphics card. Installing it in the first slot should automatically detect.

The board was state of the art at the time but IMO spending cash on 2 graphics cards for that setup is not sound. The processor, chip set, & RAM are all generations behind. You can only get so much out of it.

I assume you are a gamer. If not, why use two cards at all.

Did you look at the first link above? The test board was setup with 2 geforce cards, I think. Just browsed the review.

I doubt that anyone can guarantee any graphics card will work. I am not a gamer myself but I would guess that if you installed a cutting edge card in that board the RAM and CPU would probably hold back the performance.

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December 20, 2013 at 18:13:48
oh yea you right, didn't notice that, just that i follow the setup in the manual and got video cards that had the crossfire setting so i can use them with the built in crossfire motherboard setting. Plus for the gamer, yes very so, i am picky about the details and the speed that i can get as i play the game, i am still an newbie to building gaming pc and when i got a good size check, i brought the abit board since it was name the best gaming board at the time, then when vista came out, i upgrade the os to the latest setting and got the 4670 to replace the old ati card that i had at the time, i forgot what model they was but they was the old ati that had the first crossfire build in and you didnt need the cable since it hardwire into the card but you had to make sure the motherboard has crossfire since that how you set up the cards in the crossfire mode. Now i am on an ssi disability check from an work injury and i cant really go out and buy an i7 core one, so i am seeing if i can just upgrade this old abit board to handle some games and give me another year with it, i even thought about updating the os to win 7 64 bit but the abit company dont have any win 7 bio for it, so i am seeing what i can do and get out of this old gaming setup before it retired like my old win xp evga that rock with the old 680i but i had one of the bad ones that later burn out after it won the best game motherboard that year too, that when i went to this abit setup and going to try to make amd as is now my game setup since back then the nvidia ran too hot and then burn out on me

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December 22, 2013 at 07:17:43
You don't have to use Crossfire, just run with the good HD 4670 in the appropriate PCIe slot. However, the HD 4670 is an older entry level gaming card, if you need better gaming performance, get rid of it altogether & replace it with ONE decent card. And there's no reason that card can't be Nvidia.

Here's a rough comparison of the HD 4670 vs the GTX 650 Ti:

You might wanna have a look at the following article too:

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