Getting Caught In The CrossFire

ECS and ATI sent me a nice gift today. ECS is a board partner for the new Radeon Xpress 200 chipset with CrossFire support. ECS supplied their new motherboard, the KA1MVP. This motherboard should be in stores soon. I’m not sure the exact date however.

In order to test this new ECS mobo correctly, I need a set of CrossFire video cards. Only problem is, those are few and far between. However, ATI is not one to let a lack supply stop them from getting press. They sent me THREE video cards; a Radeon X850 CrossFire Edition, a regular X850 for the multi-video card testing and an X1600XT for, well, I’m not exactly sure why they sent the X1600XT. I hope they don’t expect me to compare that to a Crossfire setup because there’s no way that will keep up with two X850’s. That’ll be like racing a Yugo against a Corvette.

Hopefully, I’ll find some time tomorrow to put these bad boys together. It should be pretty fast and I’m looking forward to playing Quake 4 at 1920×1200 with every single eye candy turned on. 🙂

2 thoughts on “Getting Caught In The CrossFire”

  1. Vlad says:

    What I was wondering, when you run a tech review site, and companies send you sample boards to test, what do you do afterwards with them? Do you return them, give away, or is it up to you what you do with the gear?

  2. John Chow says:

    As a general rule, I don’t return anything that is sent to me. I am not allowed to sell them for any profit. I am allow to give them away to readers as part of a contest or promotion but most manufacturers don’t want me to do that because they could be pre-release beta products and a winner may not feel highly of the brand if it fails and the person thought it was a production model.

    So what do I with the products after? I keep them in a storage room. They stay in storage for about year. During that time, we may need to pull something out to use for comparisons. When the room gets too full, I clean it out by giving the stuff away to the writers, family members, schools, readers, etc.

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