You probably want to match the cards. If anything for resale value if selling them together. Have you tried over clocking? I have a 5770 and went from 174 Mhash/s up to 194 by using Trixx.
Yeah. I have my memory underclocked to 275, GPU up to 925. Running stable and cool, and got a 50 mhash/s gain out of it. Underclocking the mem seems to have done well for power consumption, as well. I'll take your advice on matching the cards, too. Thanks.
The bandwidth required for mining is slim to none. You don't need both slots running at x16... You don't even need them both running at x4. A standard PCI slot has enough bandwidth in theory for a mining card.
Thanks for clearing this up for me!
I do also use this PC for gaming, and would like to be able to use both cards in CrossFireX if/when I feel like it. Would you recommend still getting dual 16x, or would I be fine with maybe a dual 8x mobo? Sorry if that's a little off base, just trying to make sure I don't spend my money on something that's not going to work for me.