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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-15-2006, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
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Do you have to do something special to run two video cards?





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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-15-2006, 09:38 PM
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well if you want to run crossfire (ati) then you need a mobo that supports crossfire. if you wnt to run sli (nvida) you have to have a mobo taht supprrts sli

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yep if you just want two monitors then get another vid card that is pci or upgrade to a card that has multiple video outputs.

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SLi > Crossfire btw.... IMO
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-16-2006, 12:30 PM
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SLI and Crossfire require a capable motherboard, SLI can use any two of the same cards to display the screen and the cards are connected via a small pcb board that link the two.
Crossfire requires a Crossfire Mobo (duh!) BUT requires a "master" card and second card of the same model. The cards are linked outside the computer with dongles(cables) unlike SLI.
Nvidia has one up on ATi though with the 7950GX2 which is TWO 7900GTX's on top of each other for a total of 1GB (512MB effective) in a single slot. So you can have two 7950GX2's and run Quad SLI. Pretty nefty for extreme high resolution gaming.
I have a single 7950Gx2 and it pretty much eats up anything I throw at it (1680x1050res).

You can go AMD or Intel on either platform.

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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-16-2006, 12:34 PM
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sli works great on a high end game but most of the time i just use it for dual monitors so i dont see much but you may use it for something else or only use one monitor. from my experience i would only buy one card and not run sli. it isnt cost effective

but it is great on gtr fia
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-16-2006, 01:06 PM
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oh yeah SLI is only for 1 monitor. To run more then that SLI has to be disabled..
Not completely sure on Crossfire, but it may be the same.

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Nvidia has one up on ATi though with the 7950GX2 which is TWO 7900GTX's on top of each other for a total of 1GB (512MB effective) in a single slot. So you can have two 7950GX2's and run Quad SLI. Pretty nefty for extreme high resolution gaming.
I have a single 7950Gx2 and it pretty much eats up anything I throw at it (1680x1050res).

You can go AMD or Intel on either platform.
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