2 Replies Latest reply on Sep 30, 2015 1:30 PM by savagebeastzero

    AMD A10 Gaming Rig

    systembuilder

      Considering building the following AMD A10 Godavari based system for gaming and configuring it as follows.  Will this be a viable solution with the new features in Windows 10?

       

      Gigabyte GA-F2A88X-UP4

      AMD A10 Godavari 3.9Ghz

      16GB PC 1600 Corsair

       

      Radeon R9 280X 3GB (Dual)

      Radeon R7 250 2GB (in PCIE 2.0 4x slot)

       

       

      1) Disable Onboard Audio in order to free up extra PCIE lanes in chipset which will speed up the PCIE slots (including the R7).  Use AMD TrueAudio output.

      2) Crossfire the APU R7 to the R7 250X in PCIE slot #3 into Hybrid Crossfire.

      3) Crossfire the R9 280X's in PCIE #1 and #2 into Dual Crossfire.

      4) Windows 10 SHOULD combine the Hybrid Crossfire R7's to the Dual Crossfire R9's. 

       

      Doable?

        • Re: AMD A10 Gaming Rig
          warpfact0r10

          I'd get a more powerful single GPU over Crossfire if you can.

          • Re: AMD A10 Gaming Rig
            savagebeastzero

            Hey systembuilder

             

            O.k, so let's answer a few of your questions, to get them out of the way. No, you can't Crossfire (2x) R7 250X's with (2x) R9 280x's for a Quad-CrossfireX configuration. CrossfireX can only work within the same GPU family architecture (Ex: 4x Tahiti, 4x Hawaii, 4X Fury etc.). So your options would be either in a dual CrossfireX configuration, not in a Quad-CrossfireX configuration.

             

            Example #1:  Two R9 280x (Tahiti) would Quad-Crossfire perfectly regardless of the manufacturer, with two R9 280 GPU's (Tahiti), but would utilize the available video memory space of the lowest tiered card if they differ.

             

            Example #2: Yet, Dual R9 280x (Tahiti) and two R9 290x (Hawaii)  would not, even though they are both GCN architecture based, because they are from differing GPU family's.

             

            So in your example listed within your original post, this setup wouldn't be capable of a quad-fire configuration, because they are incompatible solutions.

             

            Now onto what warpfact0r10 began to touch on. I agree that if you haven't already built this system, you should definitely go with a more powerful single card configuration such as an R9 290(X) 4GB solution or higher. Especially so, when games are demanding more video memory space, so you would definitely benefit from having 4GB or more video ram available as well as a more powerful GPU core, it would be your option for the best investment overall that you could make to future proof your system. Considering the price of two R9 280x's would be roughly the equivalent of a single R9 390x, I'd have to say that would be your best option as it contains 8GB of video memory which would serve you quite well, both now and in the future.

             

            If you'd like us to assist you in your build, we'd be happy to help. Please leave an estimated budget and we'll begin to compile a build that would both suit your needs, as well as be future proofed to save you headaches in the future.

             

            Anyways, I hope this helps and have a nice day.