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Asus Essentio CG5290-BP007 corretion

by satrain18 / August 5, 2009 2:29 AM PDT

To the CNET editors:

"Even though Asus has taken a lean-and-mean approach to gaming performance, it doesn't quite provide the larger picture upgrade path of the Dell system, which is already fairly limited. Neither desktop is SLI or Crossfire capable, so adding a second graphics card it out."

This is not true. The Essentio CG5290-BP007 uses the ASUS Rampage II GENE Republic of Gamers motherboard (;psum). It has two PCI-E X16 slots with both CrossFireX and SLI support. all you need to do is buy a second video card and a more powerful power supply and you're all set.

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Something not told by all makers.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 5, 2009 2:35 AM PDT

They ofter change the motherboard if a cheaper substitute is found that meets the specs of the published specs. So while the model you have to dissect had that board what keeps them from changing it?

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Not entirely true
by satrain18 / August 5, 2009 3:02 AM PDT
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by satrain18 / August 5, 2009 3:18 AM PDT
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I did read that link.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 5, 2009 3:52 AM PDT
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And could not find SLI listed as a feature. So what makes them keep SLI or any other feature that would be on the motherboard or such?

That is, would you be upset if they changed boards and keep the specifications but no longer used that board?

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SLI/CrossFire On-Demand
by satrain18 / August 5, 2009 7:32 AM PDT
In reply to: I did read that link.

Did you miss the "Pair X58 with SLI? / CrossFireX? in SFF system" or the "SLI/CrossFire On-Demand" part?

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I don't see it on the product link.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 5, 2009 7:39 AM PDT
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by necrostrife / August 29, 2009 8:44 AM PDT

We sell these at my job, I've cracked the case open, while it doesn't have the best cable management it does have two PCI-E slots with plenty of room for a second card.

It comes with a a nice slim NVIDIA GeForce GTX260 graphics card with green cammo, not sure if its Nvidia or asus, probably the latter.

overall not to bad for the price.

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