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CyberRaptor

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#1 10 years ago

Hi there. It's been awhile since I've been posted here, but this is one of the best places I know of to talk about tech stuff. Anyway, today I'm using SLI for the first time with two 8800 GTS (320) cards. A friend recently got a new card and gave me his old one. Normally I'd have to worry about overheating, but my friend ditched the stock cooling on his card for some really exotic upgrade, so I can get away it (haven't tried overclocking though). Since this is my first time trying out an SLI setup, is there anything I should know? Warnings? Tips for optimizing performance?




G33kinator

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#2 10 years ago

Most games dont support SLI and if not you wont see any gains with SLI.

So dont worry if some FPS dont go up. Just google and see if the game has SLI support befor you start going crazy and wondering if the cards is working :D

I would use GPU-Z and make sure SLI is enabled.

And use that Nv panel that shows that green SLI bar




UNDIESRULES

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#3 10 years ago

SLI-Zone has loads of good stuff:

Check out our How-To DIY Guides Supported Games




jjz-

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#4 10 years ago
Most games dont support SLI and if not you wont see any gains with SLI.

?? The majority of modern games support SLI. Cyber, SLI si pretty use friendly. Just make sure you have up-to-date drivers and that you bridged the cards correctly and you are fine.




Chocu1a

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#5 10 years ago

My advise is to make sure you have a beefy power supply. I just added a second 8800gt a couple of weeks backs & had to go to a 800 watt from my 550 watt psu. Make sure to uninstall the drivers before installing the second card(it will make detection & set-up much easier), & don't forget to insert your mobo sli chip in the right way(if your mobo has one).




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#6 10 years ago
jjz-;4663677?? The majority of modern games support SLI. Cyber, SLI si pretty use friendly. Just make sure you have up-to-date drivers and that you bridged the cards correctly and you are fine.

nope.

just like quad core games.

SLI and quad core games are not apart of gaming mostly as of now.

by 2010 all games should have SLI / quad core support.




Enterprise2002

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#7 10 years ago

G33kinator;4663704nope.

just like quad core games.

SLI and quad core games are not apart of gaming mostly as of now.

by 2010 all games should have SLI / quad core support.

Sorry to say it, but you're wrong.

The nVIDIA drivers apply SLi to all tasks it can when possible. Which is everything that uses your graphics cards.

The game can be optimised for SLI, but no support from the game itself is actually needed for it to work and see an improvement.

Supported Games List

If you do believe me go and look it up.




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#8 10 years ago

nope.

just like quad core games.

SLI and quad core games are not apart of gaming mostly as of now.

by 2010 all games should have SLI / quad core support.

Im sorry, not to seem rude but can you please try to spell/type what you mean a bit better, so its understandable atleast? I'm having a hell of a time understanding wtf your trying to say. Anyways, Games arn't "Quad Core" they can utalize 4 cores, but oh so poorly. SLI is just like Dual Core/Quad Core...That is, the game needs to be optimized to fully utalize and optimize the two GPUs. The game will run Max graphics fine on a single GPU, just like it will on a single core CPU, aslong as its powerful enough. SLI is just a good way for people who either have no life, or to much money, to show they have either no life or to much money. Performance wise its a waste of case space, money, and a waste of time to even bother implementing IMO. FYI Since 2005 games have supported WELL (As in, within near 70% utalization)Dual Cores, Quad Cores have around a 30% utalization, while single cores obviously have to have 100% utalization. Dunia/Farcry 2, the engine/game that is supposidly the best SLI/Crossfire optimized engine, only utalizes 47% of the second GPU, thats less then half extra performance. Say your getting 20FPS with a single GPU, SLIing another will give you less then an extra 10FPS (Your looking at around 26FPS) and could potentially cost an extra 600 bucks or more, depending on your GPU of course, and motherboard.




G33kinator

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#9 10 years ago

Enterprise2002;4663711Sorry to say it, but you're wrong.

The nVIDIA drivers apply SLi to all tasks it can when possible. Which is everything that uses your graphics cards.

The game can be optimised for SLI, but no support from the game itself is actually needed for it to work and see an improvement.

Supported Games List

If you do believe me go and look it up.

Wow thank you for that link. I never new SLI could do that :O Why is it NV has to do the work thow shouldn't the game makers already include sli in the game?




CyberRaptor

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#10 10 years ago
Sgt. D. Pilla;4663718SLI is just a good way for people who either have no life, or to much money, to show they have either no life or to much money.

Umm...I hope you're not applying that statement to me. Normally I'd agree with you, but in this case SLI was a practical and inexpensive option.